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Newbery Suggestions: 61 Books to Consider

Heavy Medal readers posted suggestions for 50 more potentially Newbery-worthy titles. Our running list now includes over 200 Suggestions spread out among 61 books. And these are only the books published through mid-July, 2020. Our next call for Suggestions will go out on August 3rd. Meanwhile, the reading list keeps getting better and longer. Updated totals are below:

List of Things That Will Not ChangeStead12
Prairie LotusPark12
Show Me a SignLezotte12
When You Trap a TigerKeller11
King and the DragonfliesCallender9
Echo MountainWolk8
Efrén DividedCisneros8
From the Desk of Zoe WashingtonMarks8
One and Only BobApplegate6
Almost American Girl: A MemoirHa5
Black Brother, Black BrotherRhodes5
On the HorizonLowry5
Rise and Fall of Charles LindberghFleming5
Dragon HoopsYang4
Here in the Real WorldPennypacker4
We Dream of SpaceKelly4
When Stars are ScatteredJamieson4
Wish in the DarkSoontornvat4
Home for Godesses and DogsConnor3
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!Kim3
Ways to Make SunshineWatson3
All the Days Past, All the Days to ComeTaylor2
Any Day with YouRespicio2
Black is a Rainbow ColorJoy2
Blackbird GirlsBlankman2
Clean GetawayStone2
Leaving LymonCline-Ransome2
One Last ShotAnderson2
Only Black Girls in TownColbert2
Sal and Gabi Fix the UniverseHernandez2
Thief KnotMilford2
Things You Can’t SayBishop2
Village of ScoundrelsPreus2
Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of DoomSachar2
American as Pioneer PieKelkar1
Field Guide to Getting LostMcCullough1
Game of Foxes and SquirrelsReese1
Go with the FlowWilliams & Shchneemann1
Great UpendingKephart1
How to Make Friends with the SeaGuerrero1
How Women Won the VoteBartoletti1
Into the Tal, Tall GrassRyon1
Kent StateWiles1
Many Feathered ThingGerlits1
Nonsense! The Curious Story of Edward GoreyMortensen1
Not Your All-American GirlRosenberg & Shang1
Once Upon an EidAli, et al1
Ordinary DayArnold1
Our Friend Hedgehog: the Story of UsCastillo1
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouReynold & Kendi1
Things Seen from AbovePearsall1
Voice Named ArethaRussell-Brown1
We are Water ProtectorsLindstrom1
What LaneMaldonado1
What Stars are Made ofAllen1

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. Deborah Savage says:

    Our Friend Hedgehog by LindaCastillo
    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
    Show me a Sign by Ann Clare La Zotte
    On the Horizon by Lois Lowry