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Russell Freedman’s Favorite Newbery

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van LoonIt should come as no surprise that my favorite Newbery winner is The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem van Loon, winner of the very first Newbery Medal in 1922. I read the book when I was nine, and while it’s dated now, I return to it from time to time to savor the memory of the first reading experience that made me a lifelong history buff.

—Russell Freedman,
winner of the 1988 Newbery Medal for Lincoln: A Photobiography

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