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2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March & April

This is the list of suggested titles — Happy Reading!

Single Suggestion:

  • All the Animals Where I Live by Philip Stead
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters
  • Granted by John David Anderson
  • The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley by April Stevens
  • Islandborn by Junot Díaz
  • A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen
  • The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

2 Suggestions:

  • Chasing King’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Voices in the Air by Naomi Shihab Nye

4 Suggestions

  • Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

5 Suggestions

  • The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • The Journey of Little Charlie, The by Christopher Paul Curtis
Roxanne Hsu Feldman About Roxanne Hsu Feldman

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at


  1. Leonard Kim says:

    I had assumed They Say Blue would be eligible, because Tamaki had been eligible for the Caldecott. A recent post on Jen J.’s Booksheets calls this into question, as it seems Tamaki currently lives Toronto (and was born in Canada.)

    • Calling Caldecott posted today that they believe she has dual citizenship and would still be eligible.

      • Excellent! I could not find anything online about dual citizenship with my internet searching beyond the one reference on Wikipedia so I am glad the Calling Caldecott folks were able to confirm They Say Blue and Tamaki are eligible.

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