32: Miss Hickory

In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1947 Newbery Medal Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey. This book is filled with fun characters, nature, and a little bit of magic. Grab a cup of coffee and listen along to our conversation as you run errands, clean your house, or whenever you like to listen to podcasts!

About Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

Themes and Ideas to Discuss with Children:

  • Pride
  • Service
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Science: Tree Grafting, Seasons, Animal Behaviors, Animals that help disperse seeds
  • Geography: New Hampshire

How to make your own Miss Hickory:

Nature Weaving Ideas:

The Chaos and the Clutter

Rocket City Mom


Introduction to Lithography – Khan Academy

Simple Lithographic Printing (Video)

If you enjoyed Miss Hickory, you might enjoy these books as well:

Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Seasons, and Spirit by Hannah Anderson

The Doll’s House by Rumer Godden

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Goldie the Dollmaker by M.B. Goffstein

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Newbery Honor Books from 1947:

The Wonderful Year by Nancy Barnes

Big Tree by Conrad Buff and Mary Buff

The Avion my Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett

The Heavenly Tenants by William Maxwell

Leah’s Pick for Our Next Book:

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

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List of Newbery Medal Books

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Interval Music: “Carefree Kevin” MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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