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End of the Summer Suggestions? Add your favorites to our Mock Newbery list

Here on Heavy Medal, we’ve been soliciting suggestions of possible Newbery contenders since early 2021. The real Newbery Committee typically submits monthly suggestions right up through December. On this blog, though, we stop this piece in early September, which means this is the last chance to submit.

From September through December, we’ll turn our focus to book discussions. Readers will be able to suggest new titles as part of those conversations, and we’ll also call for monthly nominations in October, November, and December.

We’ll share more details about what’s coming up on Heavy Medal soon, including an introduction to our new blogger, a bit about the Newbery Medal’s 100th Year Celebration, and a timeline for the next several months.

Meanwhile, please add your suggestions in the comments below. You can suggest up to five per month. Titles must be eligible for the 2022 Newbery Medal and already published in print form. For more detailed suggestion guidelines, check this earlier post. The list of suggestions so far is here. Please post yours below by Sunday, September 5th. We’ll share the totals the next day, then start up the official Heavy Medal Mock Newbery season right 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. DaVinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
    Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

  2. Amanda Bishop says

    Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith
    The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga
    Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff
    Starfish by Lisa Fipps
    Amber and Clay by Laura Amy Schlitz

  3. Julie Ann Corsaro says

    SUNSHINE by Marion Dane Bauer.

  4. Monica Edinger says

    Megan Whalen Turner: The Return of the Thief

    • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

      I’m afraid The Return of the Thief was a 2020 publication, so not eligible this year…

  5. Emily Mroczek says

    OPHIE’S GHOSTS! loved it!

  6. Meredith Burton says

    Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls, by Kaela Rivera.

  7. Too Bright to See
    Ophie’s Ghosts

  8. Monica Edinger says

    A Sitting at St James by Rita William-Garcia

  9. samuel leopold says

    Ophie’s ghosts

    Dead Wednesday

    Too bright to see

  10. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

    DEAD WEDNESDAY by Jerry Spinelli

  11. Piece by Piece: the story of Nisrin’s Hijab by Priya Huq, Amulet 9/21

  12. Rox Anne Anne Close says

    OPHIE’S GHOSTS by Justina Ireland
    SUNSHINE by Marion Dane Bauer
    DEAD WEDNESDAY by Jerry Spinelli