The Story of Mankind

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1922

The Story of Mankind

by Hendrik Willem van Loon

Age: 12+

Interests: history

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A Dictionary of Chivalry

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1968

A Dictionary of Chivalry

by Grant Uden

illustrations by Pauline Baynes

Age: 9+

Interests: history, British history, knights, medieval history, war

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Adam of the Road

Adam of the Road

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1943

Adam of the Road

by Elizabeth Janet Gray (aka Elizabeth Gray Vining)

Age: 8+ (read to); 9+ (independent reading)

Interests: history, medieval times, British history, knights, castles, dogs, travel, adventure

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Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1985

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Selina Hastings, text

Juan Wijngaard, illustrations

Walker Books, 1985

24 pp.

Age: 8+

Interests: knights, King Arthur, medieval history, magic

Next: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by same author/illustrator

Also: Saint George and the Dragon, The Kitchen Knight: a Tale of King Arthur, and Merlin and the Making of the King, all by Margaret Hodges and Trina Schart Hyman

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Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci

Joseph D’Agnese, text

John O’Brien, illustrations

Henry Holt and Company, 2010

40 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: math, history, science, biography, Middle Ages, Italy

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A Bundle of Ballads

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1959

A Bundle of Ballads

compiled by Ruth Manning-Sanders

illustrated by William Stobbs

London: Oxford University Press, 1959

245 pp.

Age: 10+ ?

Interests: medieval history, British history, poetry, legends, folklore, Robin Hood

Also by this illustrator: Kashtanka

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Bedknob and Broomstick

Bed-knob and Broomstick

by Mary Norton

Harcourt Brace, 1943

(the two original books – The Magic Bed-Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks – are now commonly combined into this one volume)

189 pp., 20 chapters

Age: 6+

Interests: magic, witches, medieval history, adventure, siblings, travel

Next: the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks has a totally different plot than the book

Also by this author: The Borrowers series

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