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August Suggestions

It’s been a different kind of Summer Reading season for most of us this year. At my public library in Oregon, the Children’s Room is still closed to the public. Kids can pick up holds at the library, browse a selection of “Book Bundles to Go,” and staff will page books, authors, and subjects upon request…but it’s just not the same. I don’t think I’ve had a conversation about 2020 titles with any kids this year…definitely not since March.

Fortunately, the year’s been filled with excellent children’s books, and librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers will continue to connect great books with readers in whatever ways we can find. Here at Heavy Medal, we’ve been building a list of Suggestions to identify 2020 titles that might be worthy of consideration for the 2021 Newbery Medal.

August Suggestions are now open. Please add yours in the comments section below. Suggestion guidelines include a limit of five titles per month and we limit suggestions to books that have already been published in print form. More details are available here, The window for August suggestions will close on August 9th. We’ll reopen Suggestions in early September…and that’s also the time that we will (finally) jump into actual book discussions here on Heavy Medal.

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:

    Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

  2. CLEAN GETAWAY by Nic Stone
    WAYS TO MAKE SUNSHINE by Renee Watson

  3. Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh
    A home for goddesses and dogs
    Dragon hoops

  4. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
    Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
    Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
    From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
    A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese

  5. Leonard Kim says:

    THE BLACKBIRD GIRLS by Anne Blankman

  6. When Stars are Scattered by Jamieson and Mohamed

  7. I know that these have all been suggested before, but they are my favorites so far.
    Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
    The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
    When You Trap a Tiger by Tad Keller

  8. Melissa S says:

    Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson
    Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
    Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

  9. Show Me a Sign–Lezotte
    When You Trap a Tiger–Keller
    A Wish in the Dark–Soontornvat
    Brave Like That–Stoddard
    When Stars are Scattered–Jamieson and Mohamed

  10. Meredith Burton says:

    Clap when you Land, Elizabeth Acevedo

  11. Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Itch, Polly Farquhar

  13. ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk
    QUINTESSENCE by Jess Redman

  14. Leonard Kim says:

    DOODLEVILLE by Chad Sell

  15. From the Desk of Zoe Washington

  16. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye
    Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine