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May Suggestions, May We?

Dear Heavy Medal Readers, we hope you have discovered many worthy titles thus far, please

– 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, May 13th. 

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. THE LINE TENDER by Kate Allen! I had an arc of this one and have been anxiously sitting on it for over a month waiting first for publication and then for the nominations to open!

    FAR AWAY by Lisa Graff

  2. Jean Ducat says:

    Voices: the final hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

  3. Meredith Burton says:

    1. Eventown, by Correy Ann Haydu.
    2. Pay Attention, Carter Jones, by Gary D. Schmidt.
    3. New Kid, by Jerry Craft.
    4. How High the Moon, by Karen Parsons.
    5. The Lost Girl, by Anne Ursu.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
    New Kid by Jerry Craft

  5. The Last Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles

    • Also I’d like to add The Next Great Paulie Fink to the suggestion list. Finished it in time for the suggestions this month!

  6. Leonard Kim says:

    The Bell Rang by James Ransome
    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

  7. The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

  8. Voices: the final hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

  9. rebecca rutkowski says:

    Dragon Pearl Yoon Ha Lee

  10. Danielle Jones says:

    The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

  11. How about BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING by Matt Mendez. Loved it. Not sure if it’s more in the PRINTZ world but 14 year olds…. it’s in that ballpark for sure.

  12. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
    Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

  13. Laura Harrison says:

    Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
    Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes
    Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu

  14. LadyLibros says:

    Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody Little

    It is a tender-hearted portrait of a girl and her father struggling through the repercussions of his alcoholism. It speaks to the deep connectedness that children feel in not wanting to leave their birth parent even when the situation is unhealthy. It is quirky with a great cast of characters, and I think it addresses alcoholism, self-harm, and adoptive parents in a very real, humane, and respectful way.

  15. Madeline Schnurr says:

    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

  16. I keep missing these. I’m afraid I haven’t read many 2019s yet, and been impress with less, but a few do stand out:
    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
    New Kid
    Pay Attention Carter Jones
    Right as Rain

  17. Also,

  18. Cara Frank says:

    The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake

    I also concur with many of the previously listed books: Right as Rain, Coyote Sunrise, Eventown, The Lost Girl, Eventown, Carter Jones, Genesis Begins Again – it’s been a good year so far!

  19. Cherylynn says:

    Because of the rabbit by Cynthia Lord
    New kid by Jerry Craft
    Song for a whale by Lynne Kelly

  20. LION OF THE SKY: HAIKU FOR ALL SEASONS by Laura Purdue Salas

  21. Jody Winchester says:

    The Line Tender by Kate Allen
    The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, U.S.A. by Brenda Woods
    Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin
    Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro

  22. Jenn H. says:

    Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

  23. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
    New Kid by Jerry Craft

  24. Leonard Kim says:

    The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo

    Just finished this and would’ve been sad if the comments had closed and I had to wait a month to Suggest it.

  25. Kate Todd says:

    To NIght Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

  26. Barb Langridge says:

    Genesis Begins Again ******
    Moon Within
    The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
    Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez

  27. The Line Tender by Allen
    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Hernandez
    Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

  28. Deborah says:

    To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
    Voices by David Elliot
    The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd
    Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles byThomas Lennon
    The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

  29. Amy Seto Forrester says:

    Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
    Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd