2020 Newbery Predictions
I will say that this is the most challenging post I’ve had to write. It’s not as easy as it looks. I must say that my predictions might be way off, but it is a hoot to get one or two predictions right. This time around, who knows what will take the prize.
Although all the books are good contenders, I wanted to have a discussion and understand what the prognostications of our wonderful HMC 2020 predict will get the Medal and Honor.
I know that my predictions may be far-reaching. But isn’t that what makes this HMC fun?
Join in, make your Newbery Medal and Honor predictions. Please share why you selected your prediction.
Was there a book that was off the radar that could have been a contender? Let us know.
Here are my predictions for Newbery 2020:
Medal Prediction: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise
When I read this in early 2019, I had no doubt that there would be talk of the top Newbery Medal for this novel. It has lively, quirky characters, on the road adventures and our leading role, Coyote Sunrise, who is a
remarkable, (ha!) solid book. Is it perfect? No. Does it tug at the reader’s heartstrings a little too much? Perhaps. I don’t care, it is an unforgettable book.
Honor Prediction: Queen of the Sea/New Kid. Oh crystal ball, I see a tie in the future for these fabulous, innovative graphic novels. Both have a distinct style.
Honor Prediction: Other Words for Home. Received so much recognition than I foresaw on Heavy Medal, it is such a gem and I predict it will not go unnoticed.
Honor Prediction: Genesis Begins Again is my medal winner. Is it wishful thinking? Maybe not. This debut novel stood out and met the criteria as a complete package.
About Annisha Jeffries
Annisha Jeffries is the head of the youth services department at Cleveland Public Library. She was a member of the 2007 ALSC Board and served on several selection committees, including the 2018 Caldecott Committee. A 2000-2001 Spectrum Scholarship recipient, Jeffries is currently the Chair of the Norman A, Sugarman Children's Biography Award. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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