Looking Ahead to the 2022 Newbery Medal
With the announcement of the 2021 Newbery Medal, this season of Heavy Medal comes to a close. We’ll return in September to look at the most likely (and maybe some unlikely) contenders for the 2022 Newbery Medal.
Between now and then, we’ll build a reading list of the top 2021 title by asking readers to contribute monthly “suggestions.” We’ll do this during the first week of every month from March through September.
A quick look at early 2021 publications includes some intriguing possibilities. For example, the list below includes nine authors who have earned a combined fifteen Newbery Honors and two Medals in past years:
- GONE TO THE WOODS by Gary Paulsen (January)
- JUST LIKE THAT by Gary Schmidt (January)
- LION OF MARS by Jennifer Holm (January)
- HELLO EARTH by Joyce Sidman (February)
- LOVE IS A REVOLUTION by Renée Watson (February)
- UNSPEAKABLE by Carole Boston Weatherford (February)
- AMBER AND CLAY by Amy Laura Schlitz (March)
- THE ONE THING YOU’D SAVE by Linda Sue Park (March)
- BILLY MILLER MAKES A WISH by Kevin Henkes (April)
I’m sure there must be other forthcoming titles that we should be looking out for, as well, some by authors we may not have even heard of yet. If there are possible contenders you’re looking forward to, please share in the comments below, and we can start reading during this 100th Anniversary year of the Newbery.
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 email@example.com.
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