The oldest one I have read is The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, which won in 1959. I never tire of reading about colonial times and how their thinking was so different from ours.
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George was also published in 1959. It is a Newbery Honor book.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson won the medal in 1978, but most children today have heard about it because it was recently made into a movie. The book surprised me with its ending.
In his 2001 award winner, A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck manages to write a delightful book about a Chicago teenager spending a year with her Grandmother in the south without being derogatory to the southern way of life.
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis won the medal in 2000. This book is my favorite....it made me laugh out loud and cry, something that is hard for a book to do.
My goal is to read all the Newbery Award winners. They have been given out since 1922, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
I'm so thankful that I have the time and ability to read.
I'll be at the library.