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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: OVERGROUND RAILROAD by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lese Cline-Ransome’s OVERGROUND RAILROAD is the only picture book on our Mock Newbery list. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Emily Mroczek-Bayci notes that “strong writing, presentation, and setting made [it] a true Newbery contenter.”

Can You Win A Newbery in 32 Pages or Less?: How picture books might fare in the race for the Medal

The most distinguished book of the year doesn’t have to be a full length novel. With carefully chosen words and distinguished execution of literary style, shorter books for young readers could shine in a Newbery discussion, as recent years have shown. Will a picture book break through in 2021?