June 2007: **I told Nattie in a text message last week while she was in the hospital, that getting cancer was no excuse not to read! I was totally teasing her, but her cancer is NOT going to stop me from participating in her challenge. So let's keep reading our Newbery books in her honor and make her proud for when she returns online. Oh, and when you see that Newbery name or seal on the book, think of Nattie and pray for her. Pray hard.**
July 2007: Of course, now we are completing the challenge in her memory. I think of her whenever I see that Newbery seal on these books.
Nattie, thou art nutso. But I can't resist. Besides, I have two little girls who need a read-aloud list for the summer, and how convenient that I own three of these six already!
I was really surprised as I looked through both the Newbery Award and Newbery Honor Book lists, how many I read as a child and young teen. I must've had great librarians at school and in the community!