April Suggestions: Adding to the Mock Newbery reading list
It’s time to share April suggestions as part of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery process. A month ago, our first round of suggestions got us started with a beginning list of 10 titles. As the list of 2021 publications grows, we’ll continue to build that list by soliciting suggestions from readers every month. Details about how suggestions work can be found in this earlier post; here are a couple of key reminders:
- Only books that have been published are eligible. If you’re read an Advanced Reader’s Copy, you will just need to wait until its publication date to suggest it for this blog. We open suggestions for one week on the first Monday of each month.
- It’s okay to suggest titles that others have already selected. That gives us a good sense of which books are connecting with the most readers. But you can only suggest and individual title once during the year.
- We limit suggestions to five titles per month. Less is fine too. The real Newbery Committee typically does not limit the number, but we’re doing it here just to keep things manageable.
The suggestions can work as a growing Mock-Newbery reading list through the year. Here are a couple of other resources to be aware of:
- Good Reads Mock Newbery 2022: A list based on suggestions on the website.
- Fuse #8’s Spring Predictions: Emily M. also mentioned this in an earlier comment. Betsy Bird shares her predictions for Newbery and Caldecott quarterly. Always interesting and entertaining, with reader comments that provide more possibilities.
Please add your suggestions for April in the comments below between now and Sunday, April 11th. We’ll publish the updated list on April 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 email@example.com.
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