The Newbery Challenge: The Bridge to Terabithia

Happy New Year! Happy Newbery Day! Happy birthday to the Newbery Challenge!  Mr. Colby Sharp and I are kicking off 2013 with one of the most beloved children's books: The Bridge to Terabithia

Please don't forget to watch Mr. Sharp's video

Have you seen the Bridge to Terabithia movie? 

Ms. Edmunds' students sing "Free to Be...You and Me."

Katherine Paterson discusses why she wrote Bridge to Terabithia

Travis Jonker designed the cover on the right. 

Jennifer Brown chats with Katherine Paterson and Virginia Buckley. 

Borrow Bridge to Terabithia from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops


  1. Love this post. My 5th grade students will start our Newbery Challenge reading program as well as our Newbery unit (lessons during library) and I am definitely going to include some of these amazing video resources! Thanks so much for all you do to excite children to read!

  2. I've never been to Chicago, but someday I'd like to visit that park. Great videos - I haven't read BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, but it's going on the pile.

  3. I have used Bridge as a class novel for the last 6 or 7 years. I absolutely love this book with its figurative language and many themes. It is a teacher's dream book. Sadly, this was the first year that I had so many issues with the language used by the father. I even had a parent that forbid his daughter to read it. I finally explained that it was on the state's reading list and once you got past the "profanity", it was a beautiful story. Now I don't know if I will read it next year or not.


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