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Mid-Year Update: Our list of Mock Newbery suggestions through June

We’re almost halfway through 2021 and we’ve received just over 100 suggestions from readers as we try to identify possible 2022 Newbery Medal contenders. With votes split among 42 books, it still seems pretty wide open. 14 of this month’s 25 suggestions were for titles that hadn’t appeared on the list before.

My plan (as usual) is to catch up on some of the suggested titles that I’ve missed and keep an eye out for new releases. We’ll solicit July suggestions in four weeks. Here’s the current list, with first-time titles in red:

TitleAuthorTotal
STARFISHFipps11
RED, WHITE, AND WHOLELaRocca9
AMBER AND CLAYSchlitz7
LION OF MARSHolm5
GONE TO THE WOODSPaulsen4
JUST LIKE THATSchmidt4
MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF AIDAN S.Levithan4
SEA IN WINTERDay4
TOO BRIGHT TO SEELukoff4
UNSPEAKABLEWeatherford4
MILO IMAGINES THE WORLDde la Pena3
ONE JAR OF MAGICHaydu3
OPHIE’S GHOSTSIreland3
ROOT MAGICRoyce3
AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERSAlston2
ANCESTOR APPROVEDSmith2
CHANCE TO FLYStroker2
ELEPHANT IN THE ROOMSloan2
FINDING JUNIE KIMOh2
GROUND ZEROGratz2
MAYBE MARISOL RAINEYKelly2
365 TO ALASKACarr1
ALMOST THERE AND ALMOST NOTUrban1
ALONEFreeman1
BILLY MILLER MAKES A WISHHenkes1
BOY WHO FAILED SHOW AND TELLSonnenblick1
DELICATESThumler1
FABULOUS ZEB WATSON!Sylvester1
IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUSRhuday-Perkovich1
LEGACY: WOMEN POETS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCEGrimes1
PEACEMAKERBruchac1
PLACE TO HANG THE MOONAlbus1
RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE EARTHBarrone1
RACONTEUR’S COMMONPLACE BOOKMilford1
ROCK FROM THE SKYKlassen1
SAVING AMERICAN BEACHKing1
SEVENTH RAVENElliott1
SHAPE OF THUNDERWarga1
SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEASmith1
TWENTY-ONE STEPSGottesfeld1
UNPLUGGEDKorman1
WE BECAME JAGUARSEggers1
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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. I read Just Like That and was extremely impressed by it!

  2. Just Like That has been one of my favorites this year. I am reading Too Bright to See right now and am loving it. A great list so far. I am excited for The Beatryce Prophecy, by Kate DiCamillo, even if it’s still a few months before the release.
    Thanks for this helpful list.

  3. Emily Mroczek (Bayci) says

    The Horn book winners were announced today: https://www.hbook.com/?detailStory=presenting-the-2021-boston-globe-horn-book-award-winners

    Not official suggestions: but one’s that could hit Heavy Medal’s criteria are:
    A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia
    From a whisper to a rallying cry : the killing of Vincent Chin and the trial that galvanized the Asian American movement
    (both of these are seemingly on the upper age end)

  4. Meredith says

    Oh, I’m so glad someone mentioned A Sitting in St. James. It’s a fascinating and beautifully written book. I don’t know as yet if I can, in good conscience, recommend it for Newbery, but I can recommend it for Printz consideration.

  5. Elaine Fultz says

    I just finished Pity Party (Lane) yesterday and was wowed.

  6. Marjie P says

    Alan Gratz and Ground Zero definitely needs a sticker Amazing research and plot twist Can’t think of another book like this 👍🏼♥️

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