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For our July/August 2012 special awards issue, The Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists to write about their favorite winning books. On Out of the Box we challenged readers to match each author or illustrator to his or her choice. We’ve collected all the entries here in case you missed any.

For each author or illustrator below, you’re given three possible favorite titles. Click on the correct one and you’ll see that person’s writing about his or her fave; click on the other choices for surprises from The Horn Book.

Neil Gaiman, Newbery Medalist for The Graveyard Book (2009)
a) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (2012)
b) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1963)
c) When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2010)

Erin E. Stead, Caldecott Medalist for A Sick Day for Amos McGee (2011)
a) Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1970)
b) A Tree Is Nice written by Janice Udry and illustrated by Marc Simont (1957)
c) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1963)

Lois Lowry, Newbery Medalist for Number the Stars (1990) and The Giver (1994)
a) Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (2008)
b) The Grey King [The Dark Is Rising Sequence] by Susan Cooper (1976)
c) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2009)

Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist for A Single Shard (2002)
a) Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (2006)
b) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1978)
c) I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabth Borton de Trevino (1966)

Beth Krommes, Caldecott Medalist for The House in the Night (2009)
a) Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2005)
b) My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (2003)
c) Owl Moon written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr (1988)

Susan Cooper, Newbery Medalist for The Grey King [The Dark Is Rising Sequence] (1976)
a) The High King by Lloyd Alexander (1969)
b) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1979)
c) The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (1997)

Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Medalist for The Lion and the Mouse (2010)
a) Tuesday by David Wiesner (1992)
b) The Hello, Goodbye Window by Chris Raschka (2006)
c) Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (1998)

Paul O. Zelinsky, Caldecott Medalist for Rapunzel (1998)
a) Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1977)
b) Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1942)
c) Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1964)

Russell Freedman, Newbery Medalist for Lincoln: A Photobiography (1988)
a) Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (1973)
b) The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Willem van Loon (1922)
c) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (2001)

Sharon Creech, Newbery Medalist for Walk Two Moons (1995)
a) Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1992)
b) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (2000)
c) Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (1983)

Emily Arnold McCully, Caldecott Medalist for Mirette on the High Wire (1993)
a) The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (2004)
b) Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1942)
c) Ox-Cart Man written by Donald Hall and illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1980)

Robin McKinley, Newbery Medalist for The Hero and the Crown (1985)
a) Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (2003)
b) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1990)
c) Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (1927)

Laura Amy Schlitz, Newbery Medalist for Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village (2008)
a) The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (1923)
b) Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (1946)
c) Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (1981)

David Wiesner, Caldecott Medalist for Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002) and Flotsam (2007)
a) A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka (2012)
b) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2008)
c) Black and White by David Macaulay (1991)

And, like many people, Susan Patron, Newbery Medalist for The Higher Power of Lucky (2007), couldn’t choose just one favorite.

If you had to pick a favorite, which would it be?

To see the original game entries, click on the tag matching game.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. My favorite Newbery is easy peasy – The Westing Game captured my heart as a kid and hasn’t let go. I wanted to be Turtle so very badly and I still reread it every five years or so with just as much enjoyment (and kind of still want to be Turtle). There are lots of Newberys I love, but this one has top billing in my affections.

    My favorite Caldecott is much harder -Tuesday? So You Want to Be President? Snowflake Bentley? The Little House? Where the Wild Things Are?- that’s not even looking at some of the stellar honor books!

    I think, in the end, I would go with Tuesday. When I first started coming back to children’s literature in college, this was the first picture book that really caught my attention and made me come back to it again and again. Looking for more details, giggling over the tilt of a frog’s eye, wanting to share it with everyone who would even pretend to listen! So, yes. Tuesday it is.

    Thanks for the fun!

  2. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Jen B. — I also love and reread The Westing Game (and every time my two-year-old kicks me or my husband, I try to take a deep inhale and think of how well Turtle eventually turned out). TWG, From the Mixed-Up Files, and Holes are my top Newberys.

  3. my favorite book, almost of all time, to this day, is the mixed up files of mrs basil e frankweiler by e.l. konigsburg. i grew up in nyc and it spoke to me at that moment in my childhood like no other book. it has always stayed with me, and i spent much more time at the metropolitan museum of art than i might have had i not read this wonderful book. it’s no wonder she won the medal and won a newbery honor the same year. wonderful author, wonderful stories.

  4. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Hi Robyn,
    Here is some Konigsburg love from the Horn Book

  5. Well, I’m glad someone likes Smoky the Cowhorse.

    Katie, I appreciate that you used first editions to illustrate the favorites.

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