Mid-Summer Update: 63 titles on our Mock Newbery list
Our list of possible Newbery contenders from the first part of 2022 now stands at 63 titles. We added 22 title suggestions in July, and seven of those appear for the first time…those are marked with an asterisk.
I took a rough look at how our list so far breaks down in terms of genre, format, and age level. Looking only at the 29 titles with at least two suggestions, and recognizing that genre and age level assignation is not an exact science, here are some observations:
- 24 of the 29 are fiction
- 18 of the 24 fiction titles fall into two genres:
- Contemporary Fiction —— 12
- Historical Fiction ————- 6
- Fantasy ————————- 4
- Animal Fiction —————- 1
- Science Fiction ————— 1
- 16 of the fiction titles feature female characters as main protagonists. Only four feature male protagonists.
- Of the five nonfiction titles, one is a picture book, one is a science book, and the other three are all history books told in verse (ALIAS ANNA, AFRICA TOWN, and AND WE RISE), which is pretty interesting, I thought. Plus they all start with “A.” No straight prose biography or history so far.
- Only one graphic novel (LITTLE MONARCHS) has two suggestions to this point.
- Defining diverse/inclusive content can be tricky, but it looks to me that at least 18 of the 29 titles feature historically under-represented populations.
- 26 of the 29 titles fall somewhere in that grade 4-8 range.
- The one picture book (LOVE IN THE LIBRARY) is nonfiction and for an elementary school age audience rather than preschool.
- No early readers or first chapter books yet.
- I believe there are just two titles that are in YA collections at most libraries (AIN’T BURNED ALL THE BRIGHT and I MUST BETRAY YOU). Interestingly, those both land in the top three at this point.
I don’t know how significant any of this is, especially since we’re barely halfway through the year. But this sort of thing can be a useful exercise for Newbery Committee members (and Mock participants) because it might lead to slight adjustments in reading priorities. Looking at our list and my own reading so far, for example, I might try extra hard to seek out books for younger readers, as well as genres beyond the big three of Contemporary, Historical, and Fantasy. Nonfiction and Graphic Novels are on my need-to-read-more-of list as well.
Our next Mock Newbery suggestion period starts on the first Monday of August. Here’s our updated list:
|AIN’T BURNED ALL THE BRIGHT||Reynolds||11|
|THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS||Barnhill||11|
|I MUST BETRAY YOU||Sepetys||10|
|THE LAST MAPMAKER||Soontornvat||9|
|THOSE KIDS FROM FAWN CREEK||Kelly||9|
|ANYBODY HERE SEEN FRENCHIE||Connor||8|
|NEW FROM HERE||Yang||8|
|JENNIFER CHAN IS NOT ALONE||Keller||7|
|LOVE IN THE LIBRARY||Tokuda-Hall||6|
|LOUISA JUNE AND THE NAZIS IN THE WAVE||Elliott||5|
|ALIAS ANNA: A TRUE STORY ABOUT OUTWITTING THE NAZIS||Hood||4|
|DREAM ANNIE DREAM||Brown||4|
|COMB OF WISHES||Stringfellow||3|
|MAIZY CHEN’S LAST CHANCE||Yee||3|
|MY OWN LIGHTNING||Wolk||3|
|A DUET FOR HOME||Van Glaser||2|
|AFRICAN TOWN||Latham and Water||2|
|AND WE RISE||Martin||2|
|DIFFERENT KINDS OF FRUIT||Lukoff||2|
|HOW TO BUILD A HUMAN||Turner||2|
|IN THE KEY OF US||Lockington||2|
|WISHING UPON THE SAME STARS||Feldman||2|
|A SONG CALLED HOME||Zarr||1|
|ALL MY RAGE||Tahir||1|
|AT THE END OF EVERYTHING||Nijkamp||1|
|AVIVA VS. THE DYBBUK||Lowe||1|
|AWAY WITH WORDS||Hoberman||1|
|BARE TREE AND LITTLE WIND||Perkins||1|
|BIG AND SMALL AND IN-BETWEEN||Higgins||1|
|DREW LECLAIR GETS A CLUE||Bury||1|
|EACH OF US A UNIVERSE||Ferruolo||1|
|ELLEN OUTSIDE THE LINES||Sass||1|
|IN THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY *||Kuo||1|
|THE LEGEND OF GRAVITY||Palmer||1|
|THE LUCKY ONES||Jackson||1|
|MARSHMALLOW CLOUDS||Kooser and Wanek||1|
|OUT OF RANGE||Lang||1|
|THE PATRON THIEF OF BREAD||Eager||1|
|THE RED PALACE||Hur||1|
|RED SCARE *||Walsh||1|
|THE SECRET BATTLE OF EVAN PAO *||Shang||1|
|SINGING WITH ELEPHANTS *||Engle||1|
|TO THE FRONT||Friddell||1|
|THE UNFORGETTABLE LOGAN FOSTER||Peters||1|
|WHEN WINTER ROBESON CAME *||Woods||1|
|THE WOMAN WHO SPLIT THE ATOM *||Moss||1|
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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 email@example.com.
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