In my childhood, it was, “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson. Maybe for you it was “Holes,” by Louis Sachar or “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.
They are the books with staying power. They are the books that provide a common connection among children of that time and are passed down through the years and read aloud in schools.
They are the books with the Newbery Medal sticker, considered the nation’s highest honor in children’s literature.
The 2017 Newbery awards, and judged by the American Library Association:
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” Kelly Barnhill, ages 10-14.
A girl given magical powers as a baby must learn what to do with them before she is destroyed. The fantasy novel is set in the town Protectorate, where every year the people offer a baby to an evil witch in the woods in the hopes she’ll leave them alone. Only the witch — who shares her home with a swamp monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon” — isn’t evil and accidently bestows the child she raises with magic.
“Freedom over me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life,” Ashley Bryan, ages 6-10.
Using original slave auction and plantation documents, this picture book tells the story of 11 people owned by Cado Fairchilds. The author imagines the slaves’ inner hopes with the scant details of an estate appraisal, exploring the truths of the monetary value of a slave with the value of life experiences and dreams.
“The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog,” Adam Gidwitz, ages 10-14.
Set in medieval France, this multi-narrator tale chronicles the adventures and persecution of pilgrims which include: a Christian who sees visions of the future, a Jewish boy and healer and a Muslim monk with superhero-like strength. Plus, a dog!
“Wolf Hollow,” Lauren Wolk, ages 9-13.
In this coming of age novel, 12-year-old Annabelle, is confronted with a psychopathic bully amid WWII in rural Pennsylvania and a shell shocked veteran comes to her rescue. When the veteran, who the town people fear, is accused of a crime, Annabelle, takes action and loses her innocence along the way.