The Newbery Project

I just joined The Newbery Project (thank you, Alicia).  Participants are reading books that have won the Newbery Medal, awarded by the ALA since 1922 for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  The goal is to read all of the Newbery winners; there is no time limit (thanks again!).  Reviews and responses are posted on the project website, indexed by book.  It's interesting to see which of the older winners are being (re-)read first.

This is actually my second Newbery Project; the first was in elementary school.  Our library kept the Newbery Medal winners on a special shelf under the windows, lined up by publication date.  There was also a poster where our librarian, Miss Herwig, kept track of who read and reported on which book(s) with little gold stars.  By the end of the sixth grade, I had earned a star for every single Newbery winner to date.  Granted, there were significantly fewer then (it was 1983; Dicey's Song won that year).  I still have the dictionary I was awarded at the end-of-the year assembly (a red clothbound edition of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate; I keep it on my desk).  And the certificate, too.