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September Suggestions now open for Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery

It’s time for September Suggestions on Heavy Medal! I know, it’s not quite September yet, but we want to use this next week to add to our long list of suggested titles. Then we’ll be all set to start Heavy Medal’s official season, which runs from September through January, right after Labor Day.

A few reminders about how Suggestions work on Heavy Medal:

  • You may suggest any eligible children’s books that you feel might be worthy of possible consideration for the 2021 Newbery Medal.
  • Suggest only titles that have been published in print form (not just as an advanced reader copy).
  • List title and author only for now.
  • The list of Suggestions so far through August can be found here. It is fine to suggest books that are already on the list, as long as you haven’t suggested them already yourself.
  • We limit each person to five Suggestions per month. Fewer is fine too.
  • More details about Suggestions can be found in this post from March.

September Suggestions will close on Sunday, September 6th. The updated list of Suggestions will go up soon after that.  

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

    Brother’s Keeper. Julie Lee

  2. Meredith Burton says

    1. Fighting Words, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
    2. The Kingdom of Back, by Marie Lu.

  3. Blackbird Girls
    When Stars are Scattered

  4. LEAVING LYMON by Lesa Cline-Ransome

  5. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
    The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of a Girl Who Soared Beyond Expectations by Aisholpan Nurgaiv

  6. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

    Fighting Words by Bradley
    A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Reese
    Honeybee by Fleming
    Turtle Boy by Wolkenstein
    When Stars are Scattered by Jamieson & Mohamed

  7. When Stars are Scattered

  8. Amanda Bishop says

    Show Me a Sign by LeZotte
    A High Five for Glenn Burke by Bildner
    King and the Dragonflies by Callender

  9. Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

  10. Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

  11. What Lane? by Torrey Maldanado
    A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi & Laura Shovan
    A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
    A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
    Chirp by Kate Messner

  12. Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

  13. Cheryl Mann says

    When You Trap a Tiger
    Wish in the Dark

  14. Echo Mountain
    Show me a sign

  15. Sally Engelfried says

    The Only Black Girls in Town – Colbert
    When You Trap a Tiger – Keller
    We Dream of Space – Kelly
    Snapdragon – Leyn
    Something to Say – Ramee

  16. Meredith Burton says

    I apologize if this suggestion is too late.

    3. They Went Left, by Monica Hesse.

    • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

      Not too late. Suggestions are open through Sunday September 6th. We’ll post the totals first thing Monday morning.

  17. Fighting Words
    A Game of Fox and Squirrels

  18. Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
    Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
    Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayrei
    Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
    What Lane by Torrey Maldonado

  19. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
    Quintessence by Jess Redman
    We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly

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