Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1989

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

by Paul Fleischman

illustrated by Eric Beddows

Ages: 8 +

Interests: insects, poetry, performance, nature

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Waterless Mountain

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1932

Waterless Mountain

by Laura Adams Armer

Age: 10+

Interests: American history, First Nations, Navajo spiritualism, life in the desert, religion

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Miss Hickory

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Miss Hickory

by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

illustrated by Ruth Gannett

Age: 8+

Interests: toys, dolls, nature, animals, birds, seasons, Christmas, religion

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Miracles on Maple Hill

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1957

Miracles on Maple Hill

by Virginia Sorensen

Age: 7 +

Interests: country life, seasons, farm life, family, community, nature

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Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1928

Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon

by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff

Age: 8+

Interests: birds, India, jungle, animals, war, religion, Buddhism More

The Little Grey Men

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1942

The Little Grey Men

by BB

illustrated by Denys Watkins-Pitchford

Age: 8+

Interests: gnomes, little people, boats, travel, adventure, animals, nature, birds, country life, seasons

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Children of the Forest

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by Elsa Beskow

Age: 2+

Interests: little people, nature, forest, animals, fairies, family, seasons, Sweden

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Call it Courage

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Call It Courage

by Armstrong Sperry

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, boats, ocean, sea creatures, storms, Polynesia, islands

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Julie of the Wolves

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1973

JULIE OF THE WOLVES

by Jean Craighead George

Age: 11+

Interests: wilderness survival, nature, arctic, animals, wolves, Inuit, First Nations, strong girls More

Summer Hikes… with Kids

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Here’s a great post about hiking with little ones: Five Tips for Joyful Hiking with Little Kids courtesy of nature mom.

A particularly good suggestion is “forget about the destination”, though this can change with the age of the child. At age 3-4 this definitely applies, as they are distracted by every little thing they see, and it’s best to just resign yourself to the fact that as soon as they start flagging, it’s time to turn around and head back, no matter how far you’ve gotten.

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