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Speaking Up, Choosing Lanes, and World War II Reflections: Distinguished Themes

Distinguished books for children often convey powerful themes in innovative ways. Stellar examples from this year include books that explore peer pressure, child abuse, and the impacts of war. Do any of these books have Newbery Medal potential?

Share Your Newbery Favorites So Far

Heavy Medal readers have created to a long list of possible Newbery contenders over several months. Now’s a chance to rank your early favorites. What tops your list of the best children’s books of 2020 so far?