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April Suggestions – No Joke!

salandgabiThank you all for the suggestions in March.  We’re asking for your input of more titles to put on everyone’s radar.

(A word on the selection of featured cover here: it does not mean an endorsement, only a title that has garnered some critical praises that is eligible for suggestion.)


– Suggest books that might have a chance to contend for the Newbery.  A Suggestion means: “this could be a contender, maybe…”, but doesn’t have to mean: “This is definitely a top Newbery possibility.”

– Please only suggest eligible books. The Newbery Terms and Criteria cover this. If you’re not sure if a title’s eligible, suggest it anyway and we can confirm or deny later.

– We just need title and author for Suggestions. No descriptions or justifications….that’s what will start up in September.

– Suggest up to 5 titles per month.  Less than 5 is fine. The real Committee typically does not limit Suggestions, but there’s only 15 members. We’ll limit so that our list doesn’t get too long.

– Suggest only books that you’ve read.  Or listened to…audiobooks are okay for Suggestions.

– Suggest books that have been officially published. If you read a pre-publication copy, you’ll need to wait until its publication date before putting it forward as a Suggestion.

– If someone’s already suggested a book that you think is worthy, go ahead and include it. We’ll post an update every month listing titles and numbers of Suggestions.  Those rankings aren’t necessarily that meaningful…they definitely favor early-year publications, for one thing. But it can be helpful to see what’s on the radar of multiple readers.

– You’ll have several days to submit Suggestions…we’ll give a deadline each month.

If you have questions about the process, just ask below.  And if you have any Suggestions to start us off, post below (title and author only, remember). We’ll take suggestions through the end of the day on Monday, April 8th.  

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. Right as Rain by Lindsey Stoddard
    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
    This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
    New Kid by Jerry Craft

  2. New Kid by Jerry Craft
    On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

  3. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Just one this month:

    EVENTOWN by Corey Ann Haydu

  4. This month, I’d add:

    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
    New Kid by Jerry Craft

  5. On the Come Up
    New Kid
    The Roots of Rap
    Let ‘Er Buck!

  6. Jenn H. says:

    Let ‘Er Buck!
    New Kid

  7. Right as Rain by Stoddard
    Song for a Whale
    New Kid
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

  8. Eventown
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

  9. RIGHT AS RAIN by Stoddard

  10. Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

  11. Deborah says:

    Pay Attention Carter Jones by Gary D.Schmidt
    New Kid by Jerry Craft
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

  12. I love Pay Attention, Carter Jones, by Gary D. Schmidt

  13. Danielle says:

    Genesis Begins Again
    The Moon Within
    The Lost Girl

  14. Far Away
    Genesis Begins Again

  15. Jody Winchester says:

    The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
    A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
    The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

  16. We will close the suggestions for April (books published from January to early April) on Monday, April 8th. Keep them titles coming! And happy reading, all.

  17. Sam leopold says:

    Over the Moon
    Because of the Rabbit
    How High the Moon
    Lizzie Flying Solo

  18. Just reread Pay Attention, Carter Jones and have changed my opinion 100% Definitely a contender.

  19. Deborah says:

    just finished
    The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras