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Newbery Awards 1940-1949

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

King of the Wind

King of the Wind
Illustrated by Wesley Dennis

1949
Sham and the stable boy Agba travel from Morocco to France to England where, at last, Sham's majesty is recognized and he becomes the "Godolphin Arabian," ancestor of the most superior Thoroughbred horses.

The Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty-One Balloons

1948
Three weeks after leaving San Francisco in a balloon to fly across the Pacific, Professor Sherman is picked up in the Atlantic clinging to wreckage.

Miss Hickory

Miss Hickory
Illustrated by Ruth Gannett

1947
Relates the adventures of a country doll made of an apple-wood twig with a hickory nut for a head.

Strawberry Girl

Strawberry Girl

1946
The story of the feud between the Slaters and the Boyers in Florida during the 1900s.

Rabbit Hill

Rabbit Hill

1945
New folks are coming to live in the Big House. The animals of Rabbit Hill wonder if they will plant a garden and thus be good providers.

Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain
Illustrated by Michael McCurdy

1944
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

Adam of the Road

Adam of the Road
Illustrated by Robert Lawson

1943
The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

The Matchlock Gun

The Matchlock Gun
Illustrated by Paul Lantz

1942
In 1756, during the French and Indian War in upper New York state, ten-year-old Edward is determined to protect his home and family with the ancient, and much too heavy, Spanish gun that his father had given him before leaving home to fight the enemy.

Call It Courage

Call It Courage

1941
Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.

Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone

1940
An illustrated biography of the famous frontiersman.