36: Jacob Have I Loved

In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1981 Newbery Medal Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson. Our discussion does get into some slightly mature themes (coming of age/sexual awakening), so use your own judgement if you are listening while little ears are present. We hope you enjoy this discussion of Katherine Paterson’s second Newbery Medal winning book! (Age recommendation for this book: 13 and up)

Links related to this episode:

Episode 8: Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson’s Website

Katherine Paterson on Jacob Have I Loved (minute 3:58 of this video)

The Newbery/Printz Companion

Extend your reading experience:

Crabbing for Kids (Video)

Commercial Crabbing(Video)

Restoring the Chesapeake Watershed (Video)

What is a Watershed? (Video)

Where is Your Watershed? (Video)

Appalachian Mountains (Britannica Kids)


The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Raymie Nightingale Trio by Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Lauren’s Pick for our next book:

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

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