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64 Children’s Books: Will 1 Win the Newbery?

Heavy Medal readers have now suggested 64 book titles that might be strong candidates for the 2020 Newbery Medal. 11 titles have received suggestions from at least 5 readers; NEW KID remains the leader with 18. An asterix next to the title means the book is appearing on the list for the first timxte this month. We’ll call for Suggestions again in early August, then start discussing books on Heavy Medal in September:

Book TitleBook AuthorReader Suggestions through June
New KidCraft18
Pay Attention Carter JonesSchmidt13
Genesis Begins AgainWilliams10
Remarkable Journey of Coyote SunriseGemeinhart10
This Promise of ChangeBoyce8
Line Tender Allen7
Lost GirlUrsu5
Right as RainStoddard5
Sal and Gabi Break the UniverseHernandez5
Song for a WhaleKelly5
Bridge HomeVenkatraman4
Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s DaughterMagras4
Let ‘Er BuckNelson4
To Night Owl from DogfishSloan & Wolitzer4
Voices Elliott4
Far AwayGraff3
Good Kind of TroubleRamee3
On the Come UpThomas3
Over the MoonLloyd3
Shouting at the RainHunt3
Spy RunnerYelchin3
Sweeping Up the HeartHenkes3
Barely Missing EverythingMendez2
Because of the RabbitLord2
Bell RangRansome2
Caterpillar SummerMcDunn2
Dragon PearlLee2
Drop of HopeCalabrese2
How High the MoonParsons2
Last Last Day of SummerGiles2
Moon WithinSalazar2
Other Words for HomeWarga2
Place to Belong *Kadohata2
Ruby in the SkyFurruola2
Simple Art of FlyingLeonardo2
True History of Lyndie B. HawkinsShepherd2
All of Me *Baron1
Angel Thieves *Appelt1
Door at the End of the WorldCarlson1
Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown *Barnett1
Just South of Home *Strong1
Lion of the SkySalas1
Lizzie Flying SoloSteveson1
MIghty Heart of Sunny St. JamesBlake1
Mostly the Honest TruthLittle1
Next Great Paulie FinkBenjamin1
Night is Yours *Zachariah1
Queen of the Sea *Meconis1
Rising Above Sheperdsville Schoenbohm1
Riverland *Hyde1
Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles *Lennon1
Roots of RapWeatherford1
Shout *Anderson1
Two Brothers, Four HandsGreenberg1
Unsung Hero of Birdsong USAWoods1
Watch HollowFunaro1
We’re Not from Here *Rodkey1
What is Given from the HeartMcKissack1
Where the Heart IsKnowles1
Whispers *Howard1
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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