It’s been a different kind of Summer Reading season for most of us this year. At my public library in Oregon, the Children’s Room is still closed to the public. Kids can pick up holds at the library, browse a selection of “Book Bundles to Go,” and staff will page books, authors, and subjects upon request…but it’s just not the same. I don’t think I’ve had a conversation about 2020 titles with any kids this year…definitely not since March.
Fortunately, the year’s been filled with excellent children’s books, and librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers will continue to connect great books with readers in whatever ways we can find. Here at Heavy Medal, we’ve been building a list of Suggestions to identify 2020 titles that might be worthy of consideration for the 2021 Newbery Medal.
August Suggestions are now open. Please add yours in the comments section below. Suggestion guidelines include a limit of five titles per month and we limit suggestions to books that have already been published in print form. More details are available here, The window for August suggestions will close on August 9th. We’ll reopen Suggestions in early September…and that’s also the time that we will (finally) jump into actual book discussions here on Heavy Medal.
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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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