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Call for Newbery Suggestions from the First Half of 2020

In two months, we’ll start discussion of 2020’s finest children’s books and the qualities that might make them contenders for the 2021 Newbery Award. For now, we’ll continue to build our reading list of possible contenders. Please add your “Suggestions” in the comments below. Guidelines for Suggestions can be found in our March post; the list of suggested titles so far is here.

A couple of reminders:

  • We limit Suggestions to books that have been published already, so if you’ve got an Advanced Reader Copy of a new book by Jacqueline Woodson (coming in September) or Megan Whalen Turner (due in October), hold off on suggesting those for now.
  • It’s fine to add a book that has already been suggested. This helps us see some of the books that multiple readers are paying attention to. But also remember that the Suggestion list isn’t any sort of true indicator of Newbery favorites, but rather a useful reading list of books to be aware of in a year that’s still only halfway over.
  • We’ll take July Suggestions through Sunday, July 12th.

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. Julie Corsaro says:

    When You Trap a Tiger
    Echo Mountain
    We Dream of Space

  2. Julianne DeSilva says:

    What Lane by Torrey Maldonado
    Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
    Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    The Prettiest by Brigit Young
    American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
    Not Your All-American Girl by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang

  3. David Smith says:

    Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

  4. Mary Lou White says:

    The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

  5. Kate Todd says:

    Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

  6. Anna W. says:

    Into the Tall, Tall Grass by Loriel Ryon

  7. Go with the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann

  8. One Last Shot by John David Anderson
    One and Only Bob

  9. Meredith Burton says:

    1. Blackbird Girls, by Anne Blankman.
    2. A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Joy McCullough.

  10. Ann Heyl says:

    1. The One And Only Bob – Katherine Applegate
    2. A Home For Goddesses and Dogs – Leslie Connor

  11. Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
    Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
    Our Friend Hedgehog The Story of Us by Lauren Castillo

  12. Leonard Kim says:

    DRAGON HOOPS by Yang

  13. Katrina says:

    Echo Mountain

  14. Katrina says:

    Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom

  15. Katrina says:

    Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

  16. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    Wink – by Rob Harrell
    Things You Can’t Say- by Jen Bishop
    Coo by Kaela Noel

  17. Jeannie Farrington says:

    Once Upon an Eid by S.K. Ali et al.
    I also like 3 already listed: On the Horizon by Lois Lowry, The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead, and The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate.

  18. Meredith says:

    3. A Game of Fox and Squirrels, by Jenn Reese.

  19. Anthony Isom says:

    King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

  20. Echo Mountain
    When You Trap a Tiger

  21. Kathy M says:

    Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte

  22. Katrina says:

    Leaving Lymon

  23. King and the Dragonflies
    List of Things That Will Not Change

  24. Katrina says:

    Here in the Real World

  25. Kathy M says:

    Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

  26. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Keep the Suggestions coming! We’ll continue taking them just through this weekend, so the deadline for July Suggestions is Sunday, July 12th (midnight PDT, if you really want to leave it till the last minute)…

  27. Katrina says:

    We Dream of Space

  28. Michelle says:

    Here in the real world.

  29. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Almost forgot my own:
    Ways to Make Sunshine by Watson
    Dragon Hoops by Yang
    Efrén Divided by Cisneros