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Newbery Suggestions Updated

The call for Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Suggestions is closed…for now. As of today, we’ve received 236 suggestions for contending titles, with a total of 70 books on the list so far, including 9 titles appearing for the first time (in red). The next round of Suggestions will open up at the beginning of September. And right after that we will begin more in-depth discussion of many of these excellent books from the list below.

Show Me a SignLezotte15
List of Things That Will Not ChangeStead13
When You Trap a TigerKeller13
Prairie LotusPark12
Echo MountainWolk10
From the Desk of Zoe WashingtonMarks10
King and the DragonfliesCallender10
Efrén DividedCisneros9
One and Only BobApplegate6
Rise and Fall of Charles LindberghFleming6
When Stars are ScatteredJamieson6
Almost American Girl: A MemoirHa5
Black Brother, Black BrotherRhodes5
Dragon HoopsYang5
On the HorizonLowry5
Ways to Make SunshineWatson5
Wish in the DarkSoontornvat5
Clean GetawayStone4
Here in the Real WorldPennypacker4
Home for Godesses and DogsConnor4
We Dream of SpaceKelly4
Blackbird GirlsBlankman3
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!Kim3
All the Days Past, All the Days to ComeTaylor2
Any Day with YouRespicio2
Black is a Rainbow ColorJoy2
Game of Fox and SquirrelsReese2
Leaving LymonCline-Ransome2
One Last ShotAnderson2
Only Black Girls in TownColbert2
Sal and Gabi Fix the UniverseHernandez2
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouReynold & Kendi2
Thief KnotMilford2
Things You Can’t SayBishop2
Village of ScoundrelsPreus2
Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of DoomSachar2
American as Paneer PieKelkar1
Brave Like ThatStoddard1
Cast AwayNye1
Ceiling Made of EggshellsLevine1
Clap When You LandAcevedo1
Field Guide to Getting LostMcCullough1
Fighting WordsBradley1
Go with the FlowWilliams & Shchneemann1
Great UpendingKephart1
How to Make Friends with the SeaGuerrero1
How Women Won the VoteBartoletti1
Into the Tall, 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
Things Seen from AbovePearsall1
Turtle BoyWolkenstein1
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

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