2019 Newbery Possibilities through May Stars

As of May starred reviews, here’s my lists of books with three or more stars that are eligible for the Newbery. For a reminder of the criteria please visit the official Newbery page or you can get a brief overview at my previous Newbery post. This year my Newbery contender lists are broken down by format: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), and Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books. I have also included a list of books that I think are ineligible with a brief note of why, but here’s your regular reminder that I am not a member of the Newbery committee and have no information on official committee rulings.

With May stars entered, there were 92 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there’s 12 new titles . Lots of new picture books this month, but not a ton of other stuff. See where everything ends up after the jump!

Middle Grade Fiction:  17 books – 2 new titles

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Aru Shah and the End of Time.Roshani Chokshi. Disney-Hyperion/Rick Riordan Presents. 9781368012355. (3 stars)
Betty Before X.
Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374306106. (3 stars)
*NEW* Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 9781250166623. (3 stars)
Endling: The Last.Katherine Applegate, illus. by Tony Piedra. HarperCollins/Harper. 9780062335524. (4 stars)
Front Desk. Kelly Yang. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781338157796. (4 stars)
Ghost Boys. Jewell Parker Rhodes. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316262286. (3 stars)
Hurricane Child. Kheryn Callender. Scholastic. 9781338129304. (3 stars)
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Ashley Herring Blake. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316515467. (3 stars)
The Journey of Little Charlie. Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545156660. (5 stars)
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl.Stacy McAnulty. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781524767570. (3 stars)
The Night Diary. Veera Hiranandani. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735228511. (3 stars)
Out of Left Field. Ellen Klages. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780425288597. (3 stars)
The Parker Inheritance. Varian Johnson. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. 9781481470377. (4 stars)
Rebound. Kwame Alexander, illus. by Dawud Anyabwile. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544868137. (3 stars)
*NEW* Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea. Lynne Rae Perkins. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062499660. (3 stars)
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle. Leslie Connor. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062491435. (3 stars)
You Go First. Erin Entrada Kelly. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062414182. (3 stars)

Young Adult Fiction:  22 books – no new titles

after the shot drops book coveramerican panda book coverthe apocalypse of elena mendoza book coverastonishing color of after book coverblood water paint coverchildren of blood and bone book coverthe cruel prince book coverdread nation book coverfrom twinkle, with love book coverthe hazel wood book covera land of permanent goodbyes book covera lite too bright book coverlove hate and other filters book covermy plain jane book coverpicture us in the light book coverplace between breaths book coverthe poet x book covertess of the road book coverthunderhead book coverwe'll fly away coverwhat I leave behind book coverwhat the night sings book cover

After the Shot Drops. Randy Ribay. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9781328702272. (3 stars)
American Panda.
Gloria Chao. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481499101. (3 stars)
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza.
Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481498548. (3 stars)
The Astonishing Color of After. Emily X.R. Pan. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316463997. (3 stars)
Blood Water Paint. Joy McCullough. Penguin Random House/Dutton. 9780735232112. B, PW, SLJ.
Children of Blood and Bone.
Tomi Adeyemi. Macmillan/Henry Holt. 9781250170972. (4 stars)
The Cruel Prince.
Holly Black. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316310277. (3 stars)
Dread Nation.
Justina Ireland. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. 9780062570604. (6 stars)
From Twinkle, With Love. Sandhya Menon. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481495400. (3 stars)
The Hazel Wood.
Melissa Albert, illus. Jim Tierney. Macmillan/Flatiron. 9781250147905. (5 stars)
A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. Atia Abawi. Penguin Random House/Philomel. 9780399546839. (3 stars)
A Lite Too Bright. Samuel Miller. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062662002.  (3 stars)
Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Samira Ahmed. Soho/Soho Teen. 9781616958473. (3 stars)
My Plain Jane. Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062652775. (3 stars)
Picture Us in the Light. Kelly Loy Gilbert. Disney-Hyperion. 9781484726020. (5 stars)
The Place Between Breaths. An Na. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481422253. (4 stars)
The Poet X. Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperCollins/HarperTeen. 9780062662804. (4 stars)
Tess of the Road. Rachel Hartman. Penguin Random House/Random. 9781101931288. (3 stars)
Thunderhead. Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster. 9781442472457. (5 stars)
We’ll Fly Away. Bryan Bliss. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062494276. (3 stars)
What I Leave Behind. Alison McGhee. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy. 9781481476560. (3 stars)
What the Night Sings. Vesper Stamper. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524700386. (3 stars)

Graphic Novels/Comics:  3 books – 1 new title

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*NEW* Be Prepared. Vera Brosgol. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626724457. (4 stars)
The Cardboard Kingdom.
Chad Sell, et al. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524719371.(5 stars)
The Prince and the Dressmaker.
Jen Wang. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626723634. (4 stars)

Non-Fiction:  9 books – 1 new title

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card. Sara Saedi. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9781524717797. (4 stars)
Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam.Elizabeth Partridge. Penguin Random House/Viking. 9780670785063 (5 stars)
*NEW* Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild. Catherine Thimmesh. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544818910. (3 stars)
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin. James L. Swanson. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545723336. (4 stars)
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man. Tonya Bolden. Abrams/Amulet. 9781419725463. (3 stars)
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science. Joyce Sidman. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 9780544717138. (5 stars)
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Jessica Burkhart, ed. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481494649. (3 stars)
Martin Rising: Requiem for a King. Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Brian Pinkney. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9780545702539. (5 stars)
Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot. Winifred Conkling. Workman/Algonquin Young Readers. 9781616207342. (3 stars)

Picture Books: 30 books – 7 new titles

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Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal. Candlewick. 9780763693558. (3 stars)
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery.
Sandra Neil Wallace, illus. by Bryan Collier. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481443876. (4 stars)
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. Mo Willems. Disney-Hyperion. 9781368013529. (3 stars)
Every Month Is a New Year: Celebrations Around the World. Marilyn Singer, illus. by Susan L. Roth. Lee & Low. 9781620141625. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Field. Baptiste Paul, illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara. NorthSouth. 9780735843127. (3 stars)
Geraldine. Elizabeth Lilly. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626723597. (3 stars)
Grace for Gus. Harry Bliss. Harpercollins/Katherine Tegen. 9780062644107. (3 stars)
The Great Dictionary Caper. Judy Sierra, illus. by Eric Comstock. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman. 9781481480048. (3 stars)
Hello Hello. Brendan Wenzel. Chronicle. 9781452150147. (3 stars)
Hello Lighthouse. Sophie Blackall. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316362382. (5 stars)
*NEW* A House That Once Was. Julie Fogliano, illus. by Lane Smith. Macmillan/Roaring Brook. 9781626723146. (3 stars)
I Got It! David Wiesner. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion. 9780544309029. (4 stars)
In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More than 500 Million Years. David Elliott, illus. by Matthew Trueman. Candlewick. 9780763660734. (3 stars)
Islandborn. Junot Díaz, illus. by Leo Espinosa. Penguin Random House/Dial. 9780735229860. (3 stars)
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles. Patricia Valdez, illus. by Felicita Sala. Penguin Random House/Knopf. 9780399557255. (3 stars)
Julián Is a Mermaid. Jessica Love. Candlewick. 9780763690458. (5 stars)
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights. Kate Hannigan, illus. by Alison Jay. Boyds Mill/Calkins Creek. 9781629794532. (3 stars)
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten. Laura Veirs, illus. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Chronicle. 9781452148571. (3 stars)
Love. Matt de la Peña, illus. by Loren Long. Penguin Random House/Putnam. 9781524740917. (4 stars)
*NEW* A Most Unusual Day. Sydra Mallery, illus. by E.B. Goodale. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062364302. (3 stars)
Ocean Meets Sky. Terry and Eric Fan. Simon & Schuster. 9781481470377. (4 stars)
The Other Ducks. Ellen Yeomans, illus. by Chris Sheban. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725027. (3 stars)
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. Barb Rosenstock, illus. by Katherine Roy. Hachette/Little, Brown. 9780316393829. (4 stars)
*NEW* Pie is for Sharing. Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, illus. by Jason Chin. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626725621. (3 stars)
Rodent Rascals. Roxie Munro. Holiday House. 9780823438600. (3 stars)
*NEW* The Rough Patch. Brian Lies. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. 9780062671271. (3 stars)
*NEW* A Round of Robins. Katie Hesterman, illus. by Sergio Ruzzier. Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen. 9780399547782. (3 stars)
They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki. Abrams. 9781419728518. (3 stars)
*NEW* Vernon Is on His Way: Small Stories. Philip C. Stead. Macmillan/Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. 9781626726550. (3 stars)
Whale in a Fishbowl. Troy Howell, illus. by Richard Jones. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524715182. (4 stars)

Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books:  1 book

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Baby Monkey, Private Eye. Brian Selznick and David Serlin, illus. by Brian Selznick. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 9781338180619. (6 stars)

Ineligible:  10 books – 1 new title
The Book of Pearl.Timothée de Fombelle. Candlewick. 9780763691264. – French author
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. 
Pénélope Bagieu. Macmillan/First Second. 9781626728691. – French author
The Funeral. Matt James. Groundwood. 9781554989089.  – Canadian author
I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness. Kerascoët. Penguin Random House/Schwartz & Wade. 9781524769550. – French author
On the Other Side of the Garden. Jairo Buitrago, illus. by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood. 9781554989836. – Colombian author
Petra. Marianna Coppo. Penguin Random House Canada/Tundra. 9780735262676.  – Italian author
Speak: The Graphic Novel. Laurie Halse Anderson, illus. by Emily Carroll. Macmillan/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 9780374300289. – per the Newbery Definitions #5 regarding original work
A Stone for Sascha. Aaron Becker. Candlewick. 9780763665968. – wordless
The Tale of Angelino Brown. David Almond, illus. by Alex T. Smith. Candlewick. 9780763695637. – British author
*NEW* The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow. Jan Thornhill. Groundwood. 9781773060064. – Canadian author

Don’t forget to check in on Heavy Medal’s most recent nominees for some additional titles to consider.

Happy reading!

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