April 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicMay is a crazy busy time for me personally (lots of family birthdays) and professionally (hellloooo Summer Reading prep!), but I’m finally getting to the April Newbery Update. This is another one I was doing in the comments – in this case over at Heavy Medal, but formatting in the comments is tough (I can’t make anything bold, copying and pasting is dicey – one wrong move and I’ve lost an entire comment) so I’ll post a link there and put the actual info here.

The Newbery has been all over the place the last few years so there’s three lists here – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, a 2nd list of outliers (which…..probably shouldn’t be considered outliers anymore….) and a 3rd list with non-US authors.  It’s probably a good idea to remind yourself of the official Terms and Criteria now and then. For contender and handicapping purposes (kidding – I do not gamble and wouldn’t even know how to begin to handicap this race), I’m looking at anything with 3 or more stars. That’s 75 books – and only 14 have ineligible authors – so hopefully people have been busy reading! New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders:
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
The Most Important Thing by Avi – short stories
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner – non-fiction – 4 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – non-fiction – 5 stars
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 4 stars

Outliers:
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit – top of Newbery age range
Anything But Ordinary Addie by Mara Rockliff – picture book biography
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat – picture book
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – YA – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – top of Newbery age range
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter – picture book
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn – YA
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock – picture book
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti – YA
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Hear a Pickle and Smell, See, Touch & Taste It, Too! by Rachel Isadora – picture book – 4 stars
Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead – picture book – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill – poetry collection – 6 stars
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – top of Newbery age range – 4 stars
Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy – picture book biography
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – YA
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore – non-fiction picture book
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – YA – 4 stars
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey – picture book
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – YA
Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko – picture book – 4 stars
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole – picture book
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – YA
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories
Swap! by Steve Light – picture book
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach – YA
There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith – picture book – 4 stars
Their Great Gift by John Coy – picture book non-fiction
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie – picture book – 5 stars
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley – picture book
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure – picture book
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – YA – 4 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – poetry collection – 4 stars
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – poetry – 4 stars
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes – picture book
The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart – picture book – 4 stars
You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?! by Jonah Winter – picture book biography

Non-US authors: (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 5 stars
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter – UK
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks – Canadian
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan – Canadian
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – Dutch
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Canadian
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – Australian
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – UK – 4 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad – Australian

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!

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