In this episode of
Reading the Newberys, we discuss three Newbery medal winning books. Leah chose The Trumpeter of Krakow, winner of the 1929 medal. Mandy chose The Matchlock Gun, winner of the 1942 medal, and Lauren chose The Twenty-One Balloons, winner of the 1948 medal. We also share some book news and listener feedback. Grab a glass of lemonade and some dark chocolates and listen in to our discussion!
Book News (1:59)
Reading the Newberys Episode 4: The Crossover
The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile
Flora and Ulysses Disney + Original Movie
Because of Winn Dixie Musical
Social Media Questions (5:53)
What book has been on your TBR the longest? Why?
My Plane Jane
Heart of Darkness
The Hunger Games Trilogy
A Christmas Carol
Harry Potter Series
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Chronicles of Avonlea
The Boys in the Boat
Little House on the Prairie
War and Peace
Gone with the Wind
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
What is your favorite independent bookstore?
Books of Wonder in NYC
Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI
Murder by the Book in Houston, TX
The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA
Frugal Muse in Madison, WI
The Bookstore of Glen Ellyn, IL
Third Place Books in Seattle, WA
Voices Book Nook in Freeport, IL
Looking for an Independent Bookstore near you?
How do you rate books on Goodreads?
Book Riot article: What Does a Goodreads Three Star Rating Mean to You?
Book Discussions (26:18)
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
The Trumpeter of Krakow St. Mary’s Trumpet Call
The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
Walter D. Edmonds Wikipedia Page
New York Times Article on Walter D. Edmonds
Walter D. Edmonds ENotes
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
William Pene du Bois Scholastic
Krakatoa: The Great Volcanic Eruption YouTube Documentary
1883 Eruption of Krakatoa Wikipedia
Our Next Book (1:15:51)
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List of Newbery Medal Books
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