June 13, 2013. I just joined this, started in 2011 by MrSchuReads at Blogspot. (I’m #91 on the list of participants.)
The Newbery Medal (“for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”) was first awarded in 1922. If my math is correct, that’s 92 books. I ought to be able to read them all before the end of the summer, but I’ll give myself to the end of the year, just in case.
First update: A quandary. If the winning book is part of a series, should I read the entire series? I’m tempted to do so, if only because I can’t get enough of the worlds these writers create. Right now (late June 2013) I’m working on Cynthia Voigt’s Baltimore trilogy — Dicey’s Song, Homecoming, & A Solitary Blue — the third received Newbery Honor rather than award, but I’ve read the other two and this has been on my shelf for too long.
Second update: I’ve started adding Newbery Fun Facts to my posts. Since I’m a list-maker and fan of data sheets, it was a logical next step for me to start noting patterns.
Third update (Feb 2014): Still working my way through the list, but my posts have taken a bit of a detour. And now there are 2014 winning and honor books to add to the list.