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Suggestions: March – May

We’ve now been through three monthly rounds of Suggestions from Heavy Medal readers. For May, 28 different readers added 67 suggestions to our list, spread out among 36 titles. The totals are below. Titles that received suggestions for the first time this month are noted with an asterisk:

Book TitleBook AuthorReader Suggestions
New KidCraft18
Pay Attention Carter JonesSchmidt12
Genesis Begins AgainWilliams10
Remarkable Journey of Coyote SunriseGemeinhart10
This Promise of ChangeBoyce6
Line Tender *Allen5
Lost GirlUrsu5
Right as RainStoddard5
Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s DaughterMagras4
Let ‘Er BuckNelson4
Sal and Gabi Break the UniverseHernandez4
Song for a WhaleKelly4
Bridge HomeVenkatraman3
On the Come UpThomas3
Voices *Elliott3
Barely Missing Everything *Mendez2
Because of the RabbitLord2
Bell RangRansome2
Far AwayGraff2
How High the MoonParsons2
Moon WithinSalazar2
Over the MoonLloyd2
Simple Art of FlyingLeonardo2
To Night Owl from DogfishSloan & Wolitzer2
Caterpillar Summer by
Drop of HopeCalabrese1
Last Last Day of Summer *Giles1
Lion of the Sky *Salas1
Lizzie Flying SoloSteveson1
Mighty Heart of Sunny St. JamesBlake1
Mostly the Honest Truth *Little1
Next Great Paulie Fink *Benjamin1
Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles *Lennon1
Roots of RapWeatherford1
Shouting at the Rain *Hunt1
Spy Runner *Yelchin1
Sweeping Up the HeartHenkes1
True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins *Shepherd1
Unsung Hero of Birdsong USAWoods1
Unteachables *Korman1
Watch Hollow *Funaro1
Steven Engelfried About Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried is the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at


  1. Molly Karene Sloan says:

    Thank you for this compilation of suggestions. It’s so useful as I prepare to send my Newbery readers off to summer reading!

  2. Jackie Jones says:

    What grade levels would be a best match for these books?

    • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

      The potential audience for the Newbery Medal ranges from age 0 to 14. So the list above represents a wide variety of age levels.

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