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Mock Newbery Early Leaders Revealed

The first round of Mock Newbery Suggestions is complete. We’ve got 13 titles on the list so far. The early leaders with three suggestions each: FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON by Janae Marks and THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH by Candice Fleming. Four other books received two suggestions. The complete list is below. Keep reading, and look for the next call for Suggestions here in early April!

March Suggestions:

From the Desk of Zoe WashingtonMarks3
The Rise and Fall of Charles LindberghFleming3
Prairie LotusPark2
Show Me a SignLezotte2
King and the DragonfliesCallender2
Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of DoomSachar1
A Many Feathered ThingGerlits1
When You Trap a TigerKeller1
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated MemoirHa1
Black Brother, Black BrotherRhodes1
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. I searched for How to Trap a Tiger today, and discovered that the title is actually WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER.

  2. sam leopold says:

    Hmmm……Could 2021 finally be the year another non-fiction title is considered? Loved THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH…….but I still have not gotten over TORPEDOED getting shut out this past year…….

    And FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON was a wonderful read…..

    Those 2 along with MANANALAND are my early favorites.

  3. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    Here in the Real World Sara Pennypacker
    List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
    Chirp by Kate Messner


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