There's this negative thinking about Newbery winners: that they're boring reads. Some would even say that these books have been picked by the judges because no one would really bother to read them if they didn't win. (But is that such a bad thing? I certainly don't think so.)
But let's get to the point, shall we, and find out if there's any truth to the apparent ennui that one experiences when reading Newbery winners. Was anyone bored with Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book? I don't think so. It's one of the most exciting titles in children's literature lately. Boring books do not usually stay on top of the bestseller lists for a long time.
How about the last 3 winners? Well, I've read them and I found these novels truly enjoyable. I loved the time travel element of Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me. The historical aspects of Clare Vanderpool's Moon over Manifest were fascinating. And Gantos's theme of boyhood in Dead End in Norvelt is funny. These novels are anything but boring.
What do you think, dear reader? Have you read any Newbery winner recently? Here's a link for all Newbery winners since 1922.