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2019 Heavy Medal: May Suggestions

newberymedalThis is an invitation for May suggestions from our readers.

Please suggest:

  • books that you think could be possible Newbery contenders.
  • only eligible books.  Check the Terms and Criteria for details.  Basic rules: written by an American citizen/resident; original work; published in the US, in 2018, for children up to age 14.
  • 1 to 5 titles: title/author, no justification needed.
  • only books that have been published.
  • only books that you have read.
  • a book that you believe could be a contender even if it has already been suggested by someone else.
  • only books that you haven’t already suggested.

The suggestions are due on the 6th.  On the 7th (or shortly after) we’ll post a cumulated list.

We look so forward to this month’s titles!

Sharon McKellar About Sharon McKellar

Sharon McKellar is the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library in California. She has served on the Rainbow List Committee, the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee, and the 2015 Caldecott Committee. You can reach her at


  1. Leonard Kim says:

    Peter and Ernesto, by Graham Annable
    Snow Lane, by Josie Angelini

  2. Julie Corsaro says:

    Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

  3. The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
    Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
    Checked by Cynthia Kadohata

    Also, congratulations on the new job, Sharon!

  4. The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman

  5. Steven Engelfried says:

    The Girl Who Drew Butterflies by Joyce Sidman
    In the Past by David Elliott

  6. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

  7. Eric Carpenter says:

    Rebound by Kwame Alexander
    Sunny by Jason Reynolds
    The Parker Inheritance by Vivian Johnson

    • Varian:)

      • Eric Carpenter says:

        ha. yes. and his Black Panther book has been incredibly popular with our 4th graders as well. hope some find PI next school year.

      • Dude, please check yourself. Black Panther: The Young Prince was written by Ronald L. Smith.

      • Eric Carpenter says:

        Oh my gosh you’re absolutely right. They love Great Green Heist. I can’t believe I typed that I was thinking about heist while checking in the Young Prince books. Last week of the school year to return books is a mess here, but no excuses for that.

  8. Jenny Yergin says:

    Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

  9. Jenny Yergin says:

    The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

  10. Tess Alfonsin says:

    Good Dog by Dan Gemeinhart

    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

  11. Echo’s Sister by Paul Mosier
    Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

    • Ack. Strike Echo’s Sister. It hasn’t been published yet. Will wait till summer.

      Ghost Boys stands as a nomination.

  12. Granted by John David Anderson

  13. Meredith Burton says:

    The Night Diary, by Veera Hirianandi, (I apologize if I misspelled her name).

  14. Somehow I missed you were all doing this. I’ve been living in a district-wide Battle of the Books fog and have just surfaced. I’ve also been walking back through the past in my reading and haven’t hit too many 2018 titles and been wowed by fewer. But I will throw out my three favorites:

    Rebound (Shhhh, Joe. I know, I know – anachronisms, but I adored it)
    Little Charlie
    They Say Blue

  15. Elizabeth says:

    The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

  16. Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze:)