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May Suggestions Now Open

May is here, which means it’s time for another round of “Suggestions” on Heavy Medal. We’re continuing the search for 2020 children’s books that might be possible Newbery contenders. Guidelines for Suggestions are provided in our March post.

We’ll continue gathering Suggestions each month until Heavy Medal resumes in full this September. Looking even further ahead, we hope to form our annual Heavy Medal Committee in December, where members will discuss and eventually vote for our Mock Newbery winner on-line. The prevalence of Zoom and other video conferencing tools has me wondering if we might add some live virtual discussions this year as part of that process…just something to consider.

But for now, it’s all about May Suggestions. Please share eligible titles and authors below in the comments from now through May 10th. We’ll post the totals shortly after that…

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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. PRAIRIE LOTUS by Linda Sue Park
    THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE by Rebecca Stead
    WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
    COO by Kaela Noel

  2. Meredith Burton says:

    1. Echo Mountain, by Lauren Wolk.
    2. When you Trap a Tiger, by Tae Keller.
    3. Chirp, by Kate Messner.
    4. Efren Divided, by Ernesto Cisneros.

  3. Meredith Burton says:

    5. Stand Up, Yumi Chung!, by Jessica Kim.

  4. Amanda Bishop says:

    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
    King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
    When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
    From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

  5. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
    King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
    On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
    Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
    Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

  6. Rebecca Nelson says:

    Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    One Last Shot by John David Anderson

  7. Dragon Hoops (Gene Luen Yang) was wonderful, but I’m thinking it’s more in the Printz category. Anyone else?

  8. I think we’re allowed 5 per month, and I only submitted 4 up there. I just finished MANANALAND by Pam Munoz Ryan, so I’ll add another voice to that one’s chorus.

    • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

      Yes it’s 5 per month as Dana notes. And it’s fine to add titles during the week in separate posts, keeping the 5 in mind.

  9. Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
    King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
    When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
    When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

    • *Please disregard the above in the count. I voted the day before and for some reason it didn’t show up in the comments and I voted again when I forgot (Imagine a facepalm GIF here!)*

  10. ESE Librarian Bob says:

    Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

  11. 1. Manaland by Ryan
    2. When You Trap a Tiger by Keller
    3. Prairie Lotus by Park
    4. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Marks
    5. Show Me a Sign by LeZotte

  12. Sorry, I meant Mananaland by Ryan

  13. Jennifer Holovack says:

    Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

  14. KENT STATE, by Deborah Wiles
    VILLAGE OF SCOUNDRELS, by Margi Preus
    ALL THE DAYS PAST, ALL THE DAYS TO COME, by Mildred Taylor
    THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE, by Rebecca Stead
    THE THIEF KNOT, by Kate Milford

  15. Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
    How to Make Friends with the Sea by Tanya Guerrero
    We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

  16. Lorie Bonapfel says:

    Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Fleming
    When Stars are Scattered by Jamieson and Mohamed
    King and the Dragonflies by Callender
    Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey by Lori Mortensen

  17. Ari Butler says:

    ‘The Prettiest’ by Brigit Young is absolutely one of the most refreshing and poignant reads I’ve had in months—thank you. Reading this with my girls was a joy and sparked many meaningful conversations.

  18. Deatrice McHenry says:

    1. All the Days Past, All the Days to Cone by Mildred Taylor
    2. Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
    3. Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare Lezotte
    4. Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson

    Where are the black boy #ownvoices in 2020?

  19. Sarah M. says:

    From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

  20. Melisa Bailey says:

    Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus

  21. Courtney Hague says:

    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
    From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks