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First Contenders: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery reading list…so far

The first round of our monthly “suggestions” is completed, leaving us with a short but interesting list of possible Newbery Medal contenders from the first couple months of 2021. The ten titles suggested so far encompass a wide variety of genres and styles, including autobiography, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and poetry, plus there’s a story collection and a novel in verse.

Our next call for suggestions comes on April 5th. Here’s the list so far:

TitleAuthorTotal
JUST LIKE THATSchmidt3
GONE TO THE WOODSPaulsen2
UNSPEAKABLEWeatherford2
ANCESTOR APPROVEDSmith1
LEGACY: WOMEN POETS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCEGrimes1
LION OF MARSHolm1
MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF AIDAN S.Levithan1
ONE JAR OF MAGICHaydu1
RED, WHITE, AND WHOLELaRocca1
SEA IN WINTERDay1
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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 sengelfried@yahoo.com.

Comments

  1. Amanda Bishop says

    Reading One Jar of Magic right now. I love how Haydu always manages to write these beautifully intricate worlds that help children to understand grief and challenging emotions. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks of this book.

  2. Emily Mroczek says

    Thanks for getting me a good reading list.. I took a little break, but now it’s time to get started!

  3. Emily Mroczek says

    These titles are not on the Heavy Medal list, but I always enjoy reading Betsy Bird’s prediction lists and her Spring one came out this week– https://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/2021/03/17/newbery-caldecott-2022-spring-prediction-edition/

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