Traveling Through Time

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Traveling Through Time

Historical Fiction books that won the Newbery Medal

Strap on your backpacks because it’s time to travel back in time with today’s Read Feed! As we celebrate 100 years of the Newbery Medal, let’s look back at some of the historical fiction books that have won the award in the past century. Historical fiction books are great because they transport us back to another time -- maybe a few decades ago, and maybe centuries before. If you like learning new things, thinking about how different the world is now, or engaging characters, check out these historical fiction Newbery medalists!

(Please note all titles are linked to their physical copies, but all are available in additional formats, including library ebook and audiobook via OverDrive or its app Libby.)

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Abilene Tucker has to adjust to a new town and way of life in Manifest, Kansas while her dad is off working the railroad. Manifest has a rich history though, and a vibrant culture that includes Miss Sadie, who can see the past, and the mysterious Path to Perdition.  This book is set in the 1930s.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Schlitz
The people of a medieval village come to life in this lively story told in poems! Meet maidens, miller’s sons, Mogg, and more characters as you learn what it was like to live in England in 1255. 

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Alyce was found sleeping in the trash, but that does not hold her back when she takes up with a midwife in medieval England and begins to learn how to make her own way in the world, even when it’s scary and hard. Try the 14th century on for size in this book. 

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Readers are invited to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust through this story of a young Danish girl in the 1940s. Annemarie’s family takes in her Jewish friend Ellen as threats against the country rise in this historical fiction novel. 

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Get lost and found again in 12th century Korea in this award-winning book by Linda Sue Park that follows Tree Ear on their journey to become a master potter and earn a royal commission. 

Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi
Medieval England gets a new hero in Crispin, a 13 year old boy on the run after being accused of a crime. But as you might suspect, there’s so much more to Crispin’s past than even he knows. 

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Dust Bowl comes to life in this tale of Billie Jo grappling with the ramifications of loss and grief and injury in her own life. The 1930s were a harsh time, and Hesse brings the reader right into Billie Jo’s life. 

Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
What if you were accused of being a witch by people who barely knew you? That’s the struggle that Kit Tyler faces in 1687 Connecticut, and her story jumps off the page in this award-winning title.