In my former life, I was a fourth grade teacher. I taught Language Arts (as well as every other subject) and immersed myself in the bookshelves at the elementary school. What I found were wonderful and inspiring books for children.
Last year I decided to read books from the Newbery Award winners list. The Newbery Medal is awarded each year by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Here are the books I've read so far. In order from the oldest to the newest (by date).
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
1968: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
2004: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
I could tell you what I thought of each of these books, but I won't. There is a reason these books made the list. They are amazing and thoughtful and I'm glad to have them in my collection.