Adding to the Mock Newbery List: Submit your August suggestions
We’re just over a month away from launching our 2023 Mock Newbery discussion on Heavy Medal. Until then, we’ll continue to build our reading list by asking for suggestions of possible contenders. We limit suggestions to five per month and only included books that have already been published. More information about how suggestions work can be found on this post from earlier this year. You can check this post for the list of suggestions so far; it’s fine to suggest titles that are already on the list.
My Newbery reading was derailed a bit this past month by Lloyd Alexander and Phillip Pullman. I started listening to audiobooks while walking my dog, and decided to redo some favorite fantasy series. Even though I’ve re-read the Prydain books many times, I still got so caught up in the audiobooks (read by James Langton) that I had to listen during non-dog-walk times as well. Then I started His Dark Materials (narrated by the author, with a full-cast performance) and the same thing happened. Lunchtime, before bed, lazy afternoons…no time for new books! I think I have it under control now, and am slowing down the listening (even though Lyra has now met Will and the alethiometer has just been stolen!) so that I can re-apportion my reading time back to 2022 titles. I ended up with some excellent suggestions, which I’ll add in the comments below soon (I have one that I still need to finish). We invite all readers to submit your August suggestions as well between now and Saturday, August 6th. We’ll share the updated list on August 8th.
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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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