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‘Let’s Play Two!’ Newbery Winner Sequels

The recent announcement of The One and Only Bob has me thinking – how many Newbery Medal winners have sequels (and/or prequels)?

I decided to look at the last 20 years of Newbery Medal winners and found that 40% (8 out of 20) had either a prequel or sequel.

Which ones? Let’s have a look.

2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis – YES (The Mighty Miss Malone)

2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck – YES (A Season of Gifts)

2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park – NO

2003: Crispin by Avi – YES (The Edge of the World, The End of Time)

2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo – NO

2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata – NO

2006: Criss Cross by Lynn Rae Perkins – YES (All Alone in the Universe)

2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron – YES (Lucky Breaks, Lucky for Good)

2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz – NO

2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – NO

2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – NO

2011: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool – NO

2012: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos – Yes (From Norvelt to Nowhere)

2013: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate – YES (The One and Only Bob)

2014: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo – NO

2015: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander – YES (Rebound)

2016: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña – NO

2017: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – NO

2018: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly – NO

2019: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina – NO¹

¹This one is a bit tricky, because Merci Suárez Changes Gears began as a short story, Sol’s Painting, in the anthology Flying Lessons. So while I don’t think that counts as a prequel/sequel in the traditional sense, it deserves mention here.

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. Emily Aguilo says:

    Great list! I didn’t know some of these, so now I can add to my ever-growing “to read” pile :)
    Can short stories in an anthology qualify as prequels/sequels for this list? I’m thinking of Meg Medina’s short story “Sol Painting, Inc.” in the book Flying Lessons and Other Stories. It serves as a prequel to Merci Suárez Changes Gears.

  2. Oh! I didn’t know that Lucky had a sequel! It took me forever to finally read that one (just a few years ago) and I loved it! Thanks for the fun list!