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A Couple More Heavy Medal Readers’ Mock Newbery suggestions – August Compilation

This latest round of reader suggestions saw two new titles (marked with *) and additional support for those already on the list. (The list is now 66 titles long.) . The fall publication season will come fast and furious – keep your reading eyes peeled for worthy titles. I’m personally excited about a few August and September titles. Can’t wait to see more great titles suggested and start our discussion in just a few weeks!

Roxanne’s To-Read list:

Best Friends by Shannon Hale

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia Perez

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein

Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington by Jacqueline Houtman, Walter Naegle, Michael G Long,

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Free Lunch by Rex Ogle

Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America by Steven Sheinkin

The Long Ride by Marina Budhos

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamilo

Now on the the latest tally: New Kid by Jerry Craft stays as the leading suggested title – other titles that saw strong new support include To Night Owl from Dogfish, Other Words for Home and Queen of the Sea.

New KidCraft20
Pay Attention Carter JonesSchmidt13
Remarkable Journey of Coyote SunriseGemeinhart11
Genesis Begins AgainWilliams10
This Promise of ChangeBoyce9
Line Tender Allen8
Song for a WhaleKelly7
To Night Owl from DogfishSloan & Wolitzer7
Lost GirlUrsu6
Right as RainStoddard6
Sal and Gabi Break the UniverseHernandez6
Other Words for HomeWarga5
Queen of the SeaMeconis5
Bridge HomeVenkatraman4
Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s DaughterMagras4
Let ‘Er BuckNelson4
Place to Belong, AKadohata4
Spy RunnerYelchin4
True History of Lyndie B. HawkinsShepherd4
Voices Elliott4
Far AwayGraff3
Good Kind of TroubleRamee3
How High the MoonParsons3
On the Come UpThomas3
Over the MoonLloyd3
Shouting at the RainHunt3
Sweeping Up the HeartHenkes3
We’re Not from HereRodkey3
Barely Missing EverythingMendez2
Because of the RabbitLord2
Bell RangRansome2
Caterpillar SummerMcDunn2
Dragon PearlLee2
Drop of HopeCalabrese2
Last Last Day of SummerGiles2
MIghty Heart of Sunny St. JamesBlake2
Moon WithinSalazar2
Ruby in the SkyFurruolo2
Simple Art of FlyingLeonardo2
All of MeBaron1
Angel ThievesAppelt1
Door at the End of the WorldCarlson1
For Black Girls Like Me*Lockington1
Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown Barnett1
Just South of HomeStrong1
Lion of the SkySalas1
Lizzie Flying SoloSteveson1
Mostly the Honest TruthLittle1
Next Great Paulie FinkBenjamin1
Night is YoursZachariah1
Planet Earth is Blue*Panteleakos1
Rising Above Sheperdsville Schoenbohm1
Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles Lennon1
Roots of RapWeatherford1
Two Brothers, Four HandsGreenberg1
Unsung Hero of Birdsong USAWoods1
Watch HollowFunaro1
What is Given from the HeartMcKissack1
Where the Heart IsKnowles1
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. Can anyone tell me if Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide is eligible? The author was born in Uganda, lived in the U.K. and Canada and now lives in the U.S. I haven’t seen it on any Newbery lists which surprises me.

  2. DaNae C Leu says:

    Just stopped by to see what everyone is talking about, and I’m surprised to see no nominations for ALL THE GREYS ON GREENE STREET. We are holding our bookclub on in in a couple of hours. I found the writing beautiful, but 3 weeks after reading it, I’m struggling to remember much of it.

    Looking for a gripping title for September. Any suggestions?

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