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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!