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Best Books Through July: Mock Newbery Suggestions Now Open

We just passed the midway point of 2021, and the excellent children’s books just keep on coming. We’ll continue to build our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery list with July suggestions, which are now open.

To add to the list of possible Newbery-worthy books, share your top titles and authors in the comments section below. Books must be eligible for the 2022 Newbery Award (see Terms and Criteria here), and for the purposes of our Heavy Medal list, we limit suggestions to books that are already published in final print form and ask for no more than five titles per month.

Please add your suggestions by July 11th. We’ll post the updated list on July 12th. And keep reading…our in-depth discussion of the strongest Newbery contenders starts in September.

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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. Meredith Burton says

    1. Too Bright to See, by Kyle LuKoff.
    2. Hollow Chest, by Brita Sandstrom.

  2. Mary Lou White says

    The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan

  3. Galiah Morgenstern says

    Starfish, by Lisa Fipps; A Place to Hang the Moon, by Kate Albus

  4. Leonard Kim says

    WE ARE ALL UNDER ONE WIDE SKY by Deborah Wiles

  5. Aryssa Damron says

    Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Varga and Da Vinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

  6. Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

  7. Courtney Hague says

    RED WHITE AND WHOLE
    STARFISH
    PITY PARTY
    THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF AIDAN S.
    THE LION OF MARS

  8. Kate Todd says

    SHAPE OF THUNDER by Jasmine Warga

  9. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

    We’ve still got a couple days left for July suggestions….Deadline is Sunday, July 11th. I’ve got three of my own to add:
    CHANCE TO FLY by Stroker & Davidowitz
    MAYBE MARISOL RAINEY by Kelly
    SHAPE OF THUNDER by Warga

  10. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

    Also Betsy Bird released her always intriguing Summer Newbery and Caldecott Predictions on “A Fuse #8 Production” a couple weeks ago.

  11. *Starfish
    *Red, White, and Whole
    *Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey
    *Lion of Mars
    *Alone by Megan E. Freeman

  12. ESE Librarian Bob says

    Josephine Against the Sea by Shakira Bourne
    My Two Border Towns by David Bowles

  13. Julie Ann Corsaro says

    THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF AIDAN S. by David Leviathan.

  14. ESE Librarian Bob says

    Aww, I listed the Bowles book too early. I’ll bring it back when it’s available to all.