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2015 Books from Newbery Winners

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it twice – nearly a third of all Newbery Medal/Honor winners are multiple Newbery Medal/Honor winners. A perfect example of this was the most recent Newbery, where how many of the winners had won before? One out of three. 33%. Case rested.

With those thoughts dancing in mind, let’s have a look at 2015 books from previous Newbery Medal/Honor winners. Did I miss one? Let’s hear it in the comments.

Note: I excluded picture books from this list.

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord (May 26, 2015)

Merlin (Shelter Pet Squad #2) by Cynthia Lord (September 29, 2015)

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (September 22, 2015)

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, Edel Rodriguez (August 4, 2015)

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard (April 21, 2015)

A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (September 22, 2015)

Switch by Ingrid Law (September 15, 2015)

The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos (September 1, 2015)

Stolen Magic by Gal Carson Levine (April 1, 2015)

Listen, Slowly by Thanhhà Lai (February 17, 2015)

Old Wolf by Avi; illustrated by Brian Floca (August 4, 2015)

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko (August 4, 2015)

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose (May 12, 2015)

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (July 7, 2015)

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (February 24, 2015)

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (April 21, 2015)

The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (October 6, 2015)

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt (October 6, 2015)

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (September 8, 2015)

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder; illustrated by Mary GrandPré (March 10, 2015)

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (August 4, 2015)

The Book of Kings (Mister Max #3) by Cynthia Voigt; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (September 8, 2015)

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin (September 22, 2015)

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar (August 4, 2015)

Until I Find Julien by Patricia Reilly Giff (September 8, 2015)

Breakthrough! How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever by Jim Murphy (December 8, 2015)

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm; illustrated by Matthew Holm (August 25, 2015)

Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi (March 10, 2015)

Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather by Grace Lin (November 3, 2015)

Mr. Putter & Tabby Smell the Roses by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard (September 15, 2015)

Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus (March 11. 2015)

The Bamboo Sword by Margi Preus (September 15, 2015)

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon (Tales of Deckawoo Drive #2) by Kate DiCamillo (August 25, 2015)

Juba! A Novel by Walter Dean Myers (October 13, 2015)

Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (August 4, 2015)

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. So, so many great books to look forward to! I knew about some of these, but my school library order and personal TBR just got a lot bigger!

  2. Karen Cushman’s Rodzina is from 2005.

  3. I think these are also coming out this year:
    BAMBOO SWORD by Margi Preus
    JUBA! by Walter Dean Myers

  4. Mary Clark says:

    Thanks, Travis! This was very helpful as I’m in the middle of ordering books this week.

  5. Brian Wilson says:

    Wow, so many great books to look forward to–an already great year has gotten even better! Thanks for the round-up! And like Mary above I was just finishing a book cart and many more have just been added thanks to this post!

  6. Susie Highley says:

    What a timely post! I just had a discussion with a student today about Katherine Applegate, wondering when/what her next book would be. What a tantalizing list!

  7. GREAT list! Adding the ones I didn’t already have to my library’s order! Interesting observation . . . Thanks,

  8. Margi Preus has a middle grade out in addition to that YA. Forget not The Bamboo Sword (9781419708077).

  9. Also,
    TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

  10. Karen Arendt says:

    I have read a few, but there were many more I didn’t know about! I am excited to increase my TBR list and put on order for school! Thank you for the list!

  11. Jason Wells says:

    Also http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/The_Bamboo_Sword-9781419708077.html
    a companion to Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus!

  12. Jason Wells says:

    Which Betsy beat me to mentioning!

  13. Colby Sharp says:

    Wow. This looks like so much work. Good job, Mr. Jonker.

  14. Aaaaaaand my Goodreads TBR shelf increases. You are an evil, evil man. (Thank you!)