The Newbery Challenge: Caddie Woodlawn

Yay! Happy Newbery Day! Colby Sharp and I are up to 1936. (You'll hear me say in the video that we are celebrating the winner of the 1935 Newbery Medal. Oops!) Happy watching, friends!

Visit Colby's blog to watch his video review.

I think this is my favorite Newbery Medal picture.

Mr. Travis Jonker designed the cover on the right. Nice work, sir!

Mr. Sharp, should I see if my public library has a copy of the Caddie Woodlawn movie?

Borrow Caddie Woodlawn from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.

Click here to learn more about the Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park.


  1. Loved visiting Caddie's house with you, Mr. Schu! :)

  2. I can't believe you can just walk into the house like that...I mean, there's nothing there, but still. Very cool. Too bad there wasn't something a little bit more exciting. You are a true Nerdy Book Club member for driving all the way out there. I would have been scared something was going to attack me!

    When I hear you talk about her parents, it made me think of Pam Munoz Ryan's The Dreamer. I have no idea what the rest of Caddie Woodlawn is about but that part had me thinking of his parents and how they reacted to his creativity.

  3. Amazing! I wish the house were furnished.

    You were very tactful about the issues about the Indians.

  4. I knew you were talking about being tempted to go, but didn't expect you to actually go. It was definitely Nerdybookclubish to drive all that way to visit the site. Thanks for "taking" us along to see it.

  5. Congratulations on being elected to the Newbery committee!!!!

  6. @Sandy - I wish the house were furnished, too.

  7. You should see the Caddie Woodlawn musical!
    The authors have dealt very respectfully with the Dakota in the new musical, incorporating Dakota language and traditions.


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