Newbery, Caldecott, and Other Award-Winning Books
Sonlight is proud of the many titles that we include in our curriculum that have won the Newbery or Caldecott awards, or other literary awards . . . there are over 100 of them!
The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to that one book that the judges believe is the very finest in American literature for young people. The Newbery Honor may be awarded to as many American-authored children's books each year as the judges believe deserve special recognition.
The Association for Library Service to Children annually awards the Caldecott Medal to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The award was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott.
A heartwarming story about the son of a traveling minstrel who is separated from his father and forced to live by his wits and music.
The heartwarming story of a kindly dog's courage in the face of misunderstanding and false accusation. A story you won't want to put down.
Born the son of an African king, Amos Fortune was captured by slave traders in 1725, brought to America and sold at auction.
The adventures of eleven-year-old Caddie growing up with her six brothers and sisters in the Wild West frontiers of Wisconsin in the late 1800s.
Multiple award-winner. A stunning tale of cultural pressures felt by a Cambodian girl who finds herself a refugee in late 20th Century United States.
An astonishing story about growing up, about love and disappointment.
Frog and Toad are back with more silly adventures.
Two children discover the remains of a lake long since dried up and forgotten, the ruins of once-elegant homes that stood along its shore . . . and two fascinating old people who remember the glory ye...
National Book Award. Married and promptly widowed at 13, Koly finds herself in the grim position of being cast out by a society that has no place for girls like her. Through friends and her skills, Ko...
The Story of Mary Jemison
Delightful Newbery Honor story of what happened to a twelve year old white girl who was captured by Seneca Indians in 1758.
Louise knows that she should be proud of her beautiful twin Caroline. But she is convinced that, ever since they were born, Caroline has done nothing but take from her: their parents' love, Louise's h...
A South African Story
Touching story of a young girl and her brother who set out to find their mother "somewhere" in the city of Johannesburg.
The Story of the Godolphin Arabian
A winning story of an Arabian horse from North Africa and his adventures in France and England.
A touching story about a Chinese boy who fails his fishing village's traditional test of manhood. Will he ever find a place in society considering his fear of the sea?
After his parents die, Jeffrey Magee awes his friends with unbelievable feats.
Fictional account of a true story about an "uncatchable" mare named Phantom and her colt, Misty. Engaging.
A pioneer boy, brought up by Crow Indians, is reunited with his family and attempts to orient himself in the white man's culture.
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse, must move her family or face death. Unfortunately, her son Timothy is ill and can't be moved. She seeks help from the brilliant rats of NIMH. Their solution is worth the...
The touching Newbery Honor story about a boy and the dog he loves. Set during frontier days in the Texas hill country.
A Play in Three Acts
Pulitzer Prize. One of the most popular American dramas of all time, Our Town recalls three time periods in the life of residents of a small Connecticut town. It calls us to focus on the "little thing...
Billie Jo, a 14-year-old girl caught in the Oklahoma dust storms of the 1930s, reveals the grim realities of a life lived in that time and place.
A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution...
Multiple award-winner. A devastating, first-person story of the Chinese Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao in the late '60s.
Award winner set in the post-Civil War South.
Award-winning story of a frontier American widower who advertises for a wife . . . and gets Sarah.
Son of the greatest bullfighter in Spain, Manolo Olivar wonders whether he should go along with the townspeople's plans for him to follow in his father's footsteps. At the moment of truth, he makes hi...
Beautifully written Newbery Honor story of a teen aged girl who is confronted by the challenges of life as a female member of the Navaho nation in the mid-1860s. Poignant and thought-provoking.
Jonathan goes to get "the biggest pot you ever laid eyes on" — on the other side of Hemlock Mountain.
A Japanese boy must face life after escaping a tidal wave that destroys his family and village.
Set in Galilee in the time of Jesus, this is the dramatic story of a young Jewish rebel who is won over by the gentle teachings of Jesus. A wonderful story.
Anne is lonely when her family moves to the Pennsylvania frontier . . . until a special evening when a stranger comes to dinner.
A little cat and his master, a compassionate artist, bring about a special Buddhist miracle. Written from a Buddhist perspective.
Eight-year old Sarah journeys into the wilderness with her father--and ends up alone!
A few citizens of an imaginary village dare to question some long-held but false beliefs in the community...and are ostracized as a result. Thought-provoking but easy to read.
Jancsi, a Hungarian boy in the early 1900s, is overjoyed that his cousin is coming to spend the summer at his father's ranch on the Hungarian plains. Their summer proves more adventurous than he had h...
Nobel Prize. "One of the greatest and most socially significant novels of the twentieth century."
A foster girl learns what true love is and what it means to belong. Riveting. A book you'll read over and over.
A Chinese boy is separated from his family and is "adopted" by sixty American airmen.
Awaiting trial for withholding gold from the king, 17-year-old cartographer Esteban recalls his adventures with a band of ruthless conquistadors. Filled with unforgettable characters, action, romance,...
A ten-year-old boy saves his family from raiding Indians during the French and Indian war.
Jerome Foxworthy tells the story of his friend, a white boy named Bix. Basketball--played straight or with fakes--becomes an allegory for life. Engrossing. Brilliantly written.
A realistic story of a Tennessee mountain boy who, during the Civil War, comes to realize that war is terrible no matter where one's sympathies lie.
A True Story of Courage, Survival,...
The author writes a true-to-life fictionalized autobiography of his mother--a young Armenian girl in Turkey during the "other" 20th century Holocaust that was prelude to Stalin, Hitler, and others.
Caldecott Honor Book recounts the story of the Pilgrims from the time they left England on the Mayflower through the first Thanksgiving celebration.
A prince who has to learn the hard way what makes for true character.
Newbery Medal winner about a mid-American farm family in the early 20th century. Charming.
A deep, exquisitely-textured story, full of symbolism, about a 13-year-old girl, her parents and grandparents, and about relationships, living and dying. A story that will call forth tears.