Share Your Newbery Favorites So Far
Since March, Heavy Medal readers have been submitting titles and authors of potentially Newbery-worthy books. Our cumulative list now stands at 81 titles. And that’s without any Fall publications, which will be coming up soon. Our Suggestion process only includes authors and titles, though, so it’s hard to tell from the list which books people are really excited about. Here’s a chance to let us all know about the book (or books) that you think might be among the strongest contenders of the year so far. Suggestions have been limited to titles that have already been published, but for this post feel free to share what you think about any 2020 titles, even if they’re not out yet. I’ll start us off.
I ended up making 19 suggestions altogether, and probably could have added others. And I’m afraid I still have several on my must-read-soon list that I haven’t finished yet. A few stand out for me, though, at least after the first reading:
A GAME OF FOX AND SQUIRRELS is one. The interplay between the game and real life seemed just right to me. You feel like you’re right in Sam’s shoes trying to make choices and figure things out as the plot steadily builds in intensity.
Lois Lowry’s ON THE HORIZON impressed me a lot too. Her short poems are poignant and insightful; together they create a powerful impact on the reader. (On this adult reader, anyway…I’m not sure how children will respond).
I also rank FIGHTING WORDS, THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH, and WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED very highly. I’d love to hear what others are most impressed with so far. Please share your early favorites below!
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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