Call for Newbery Suggestions from the First Half of 2020
In two months, we’ll start discussion of 2020’s finest children’s books and the qualities that might make them contenders for the 2021 Newbery Award. For now, we’ll continue to build our reading list of possible contenders. Please add your “Suggestions” in the comments below. Guidelines for Suggestions can be found in our March post; the list of suggested titles so far is here.
A couple of reminders:
- We limit Suggestions to books that have been published already, so if you’ve got an Advanced Reader Copy of a new book by Jacqueline Woodson (coming in September) or Megan Whalen Turner (due in October), hold off on suggesting those for now.
- It’s fine to add a book that has already been suggested. This helps us see some of the books that multiple readers are paying attention to. But also remember that the Suggestion list isn’t any sort of true indicator of Newbery favorites, but rather a useful reading list of books to be aware of in a year that’s still only halfway over.
- We’ll take July Suggestions through Sunday, July 12th.
About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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