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What Do We Read Next? – Add Your Newbery Picks to the List

It’s August Suggestions Week on Heavy Medal. Between now and August 12th, let us know about the children’s book you’ve read that could be contenders for the 2020 Newbery Medal. Remember that eligible titles must be written by an American (citizen or resident) for child readers between 0 and 14 and published in the US in 2019. We’re not looking for surefire Newbery favorites (there’s no such thing), but for books which should at least be in the conversation as we look at the year’s most distinguished writing for children. If a book you recommend is already on our cumulated list, that’s fine. We’ll update that list shortly after August 12th. Please add up to five Suggestions in the comments below. Just title and author for now; we’ll kick off in-depth discussions in early September.

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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 sengelfried@yahoo.com.

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  1. Leonard Kim says:

    QUEEN OF THE SEA, by Meconis

  2. Liz Kilibarda says:

    For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J Lockington

    Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

    Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

    Some Places More Than Others by Rene Watson

  3. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    One thing I forgot to add about Suggestions: We can only suggest titles that have been published already. It’s so tempting to add great books to the list as soon as we read them, but for the purposes of this blog, we want all readers to have access to the recommended titles. And not all of us receive advance reader copies. (I’m not sure how other Newbery Committees handle it, but when I was chair we followed this same limit).

  4. Cara Frank says:

    The Bridge Home
    All the Greys on Greene Street
    Pie in the Sky

    • I loved Pie in the Sky, but the author is an Indonesian national who lives in Australia. I couldn’t find a US connection

  5. To Night Owl from Dogfish
    A Place to Belong
    Song for a Whale

  6. Meredith Burton says:

    Right as Rain, by Lindsey Stoddard.

  7. For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama Lockington
    The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd
    Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

  8. Kate Todd says:

    THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

  9. I finally have some things to recommend!
    Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
    We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
    The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

  10. Queen of the sea
    Spy runner

  11. Jenny Yergin says:

    New Kid Craft
    Eventown Haydu
    Lost Girl Ursu
    To Night Owl from Dogfish Sloan & Wolitzer
    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe Hernandez

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Queen of the Sea Meconis
    Line Tender Allen
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Gemeinhart

  13. Leonard Kim says:

    THE TREE AND ME by Deborah Zemke

  14. To Night Owl from Dogfish
    The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James
    New Kid

  15. Susan Payne says:

    For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama Lockington
    The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd
    Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

  16. Meredith Burton says:

    Just read a beautiful one I must recommend:

    Other Words for Home, by Jasmine Warga.

  17. Kaitlin C. says:

    We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
    Sal and Gabby Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
    Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

  18. Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

  19. 🤚🏼Queen of the Sea
    🤚🏼Dogfish & owl
    Place to call Home

  20. How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

  21. A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

  22. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis