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The Newbery Title Frankenstein

There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same.

Fuse Newbery Titles

It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning books.

So I decided to find out.

I entered all the titles from Newbery Medal winners into Wordle, a word cloud generator. The more appearances of a word, the larger the font.

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Newbery Wordle

As you can see, there are a few words that stand out:

  • King
  • Road
  • Cross
  • Summer
  • Cat
  • Hill
  • Mr.
  • Mrs.

So, knowing that, here is my title:

Mr. and Mrs. Cross and the Cat King of Summer Hill Road

Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Cross move to a new house on Summer Hill Road and encounter a clan of feral cats with a mysterious leader.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I would read that.

  2. Brilliant! This sounds exactly like a Newbery-winning title from, say, 1966. Also: someone should write this book.

  3. Joseph Miller says:

    Great post! Love how you always come up with these insights.

    Best Wishes,

  4. Nice one. Love those titles with “summer” in them!

  5. I would definitely read that!