The Newbery Challenge: Jacob Have I Loved

Some facts about 1981

Chariots of Fire won Best Picture. 

MTV debuted.  

Dallas was one of the most popular shows. 

Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" was a hit. 

Travis Jonker, Colby Sharp, and I were born. 

Fables won the Caldecott Medal. 

Jacob Have I Loved won the Newbery Medal. 

Please visit Colby's blog to find out what he thought of Jacob Have I Loved. 

I love listening to Katherine Paterson talk about her childhood. 

Katherine Paterson presented at the 2010 National Book Festival. 

Travis Jonker designed the cover on the right. 

Borrow Jacob Have I Loved from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. I simply adore your blog! You are such a great advocate for authors, readers, teacher and librarians as well as independent book stores! CARRY ON!!

  2. This was one of the most memorable books I have as a growing up reader. I don't even know why I liked it. Re-listening to it as an adult was fascinating. Hopefully your trip to Seattle was much smoother this year!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  3. I was born in 1981 and so was JON KLASSEN. What a great year! Glad you liked the book. I read it over and over again in Junior High. I confess I have not read any other Katherine Paterson books. I should fix that right away.


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