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Early Newbery Possibilities

The Newbery Award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children to

“the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year.” – Newbery Medal Terms and Criteria

Additional criteria notes:

  • Children are defined as being up to and including the age of 14.
  • Books must be published in the U.S. first; titles originally published elsewhere are not eligible.
  • The author must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

The Newbery committees as of late have been delightfully wide-ranging in their choices including everything from picture books to graphic novels to poetry to memoirs to non-fiction. So this year, I’m breaking up my lists a little differently. Looking at everything with three or more starred reviews from the six journals I track, I’m dividing titles into four lists. The first list is novels since even with the titles noted above, this is what makes up the majority of past Newbery winners and honors. The second list is everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc. The third list is YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old. The fourth list is books that I think are ineligible – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons. To be clear: I am not affiliated with the Newbery committee and I have no knowledge of their official rulings on eligibility – I’m making my best guesses based on the terms and criteria and internet searches regarding citizenship/residency.

As of the end of March there were 71 titles with three or more starred reviews.

ETA 5/10/17: Please see the note towards the bottom of this post for some additional links and commentary on The Secret Project and Undefeated.
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Awards and Best Books and Stars, Oh My!

On Monday, January 23 various sections of the American Library Association gave out some of the biggest awards for children’s and young adult books from the previous year at the Youth Media Awards. I look forward to the Youth Media Awards every year – not much can get me out of bed that early in the morning, but the excitement just can’t be beat!

Part of why I started tracking starred reviews and best books was to try to read likely contenders, so let’s see how this year’s winners and honors stack up!

Newbery Award:

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Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ

Printz Award

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Winner: March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; Illustrated by Nate Powell
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Starred reviews – 1: SLJ
Best lists – 1: SLJ

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, PW, SLJ

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 3: Kirkus, PW, SLJ

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

Caldecott Award

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Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Starred reviews – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, SLJ

Honors:
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Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol
Starred reviews – 2: PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Horn Book, PW

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Starred reviews – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, SLJ

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Starred reviews – 5: Booklist, Bulletin, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW
Best lists – 4: Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Starred reviews – 3: Booklist, PW, SLJ
Best lists – 2: Booklist, SLJ

Some notes of interest:

  • Many of the titles with 5 starred reviews were honored this year, but none of the titles with 6 starred reviews were!
  • As usual, when there were 5 starred reviews, the Bulletin was the journal most likely to have abstained. In the case of March, Book Three I’m pretty sure they never even reviewed it although I would have to double check to be sure. This was a little more spread around than sometimes though – Kirkus didn’t star The Passion of Dolssa; SLJ didn’t star The Sun Is Also a Star or Du Iz Tak?; and Horn Book didn’t star Scythe or The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
  • Typically the starred reviews are the widest net of excellence, narrowed down into best books and then the awards only honor a handful of titles. However, Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol did not receive a starred review from Horn Book, but did make their Fanfare (best of the year) List.
  • Asking for It (1 star and list) and Leave Me Alone (2 stars and lists) are our annual reminder that starred reviews and best lists are far from perfect predictors and that the committee members read far more widely than most of us are able to do!

I read fewer books in 2016 than I have in quite awhile, but still managed to have read several of these before the awards. Trying to read up for the Mock Printz I participated in meant I read The Passion of Dolssa, Scythe and The Sun Is Also a Star; we picked The Passion of Dolssa as an honor book, but I thought all three were excellent. I listened to Wolf Hollow crying my eyes out at times and just finished the lovely The Girl Who Drank the Moon which I was halfway through at the time of the announcements. I haven’t really looked at any of the Caldecotts yet which is maybe not surprising since 11/12 of 2016 I was focused on teens!

Had you read any of these ahead of time? Which ones did you love? What books will you now be championing to readers yourself since they didn’t get awards?

I also encourage you to check out the many other awards that were announced at the Youth Media Awards – there are many other wonderful awards that focus on diverse titles or other formats that are well worth your while. You can see a list of some of them in my Award Winners spreadsheet.

Stay tuned for a post in the next week of 2017 titles that are already accumulating stars – maybe next year’s winners and honors will be among those! Happy reading!

September 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicDue to time constraints there was no August Newbery Update, but here’s the September information. Also, thanks to Sam Bloom who pointed out that per their author blurb Eric and Terry Fan were born in the United States and therefore The Night Gardener is eligible!

Three lists: List one – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, List 2 – outliers (picture books, graphics, titles for the upper age range), List 3: non-US authors (ineligible – IF my googling of nationality/residence is accurate).   165 titles have 3 or more stars as of the end of September. New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders (38 books):
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow – non-fiction
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson – non-fiction
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghost by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 5 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery – non-fiction
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis – non-fiction
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi – short stories
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson – 4 stars
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
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
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet – biography – 5 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman – 4 stars
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – non-fiction – 5 stars
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

Outliers (104 books):
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – picture book – 4 stars
American Girls by Alison Umminger – YA
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
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – YA
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman – picture book – 4 stars
Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye by Geoffrey Hayes – graphic

Best Frints in the Universe – Antoinette Portis – picture book – 4 stars
Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre – 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 – 4 stars
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky – picture book biography
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari – picture book
Cricket Song by Anne Hunter – picture book
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey – graphic
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn – YA
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis – picture book – 4 stars
Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock – picture book
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti – YA
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – YA – 4 stars
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle – picture book
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins – picture book – 5 stars
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book – 4 stars
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan – picture book – 4 stars
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown – YA

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – graphic – 4 stars
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming – picture book non-fiction
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman – picture book
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards – picture book
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein – graphic
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
In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson – picture book
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill – poetry collection – 6 stars
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee – picture book – 4 stars
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo – picture book
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – graphic memoir – 5 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery – YA
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 Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade – picture book biography
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – YA
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – YA
NanoBots by Chris Gall – picture book
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan – picture book
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke – graphic picture book
Old Dog Baby Baby – picture book
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin – picture book – 4 stars
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff – YA
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore – non-fiction picture book
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh – picture book – 5 stars
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe – picture book
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel – YA

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – YA – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – YA – 4 stars
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin – picture book
Return by Aaron Becker – picture book
Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales – picture book
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – picture book – 5 stars
The Secret Subway by Shana Corey – picture book
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – YA
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant – picture book
A Small Thing….but Big by Tony Johnston – picture book
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito – picture book

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko – picture book – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – graphic – 4 stars
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole – picture book
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson – picture book
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – YA
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – YA
Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowan – picture book
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King – YA – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Evan Turk – picture book – 4 books
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories – 4 stars
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – YA
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 – 6 stars
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier- picture book
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley – picture book
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas – picture book
Uprooted by Albert Marrin – YA Non-Fiction
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter – YA
Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure – picture book
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – YA – 4 stars
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen – picture book – 4 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – poetry collection – 5 stars
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – poetry – 4 stars
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes – picture book
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – YA
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – YA – 4 stars (publication delayed indefinitely)
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 (23 books): (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – German
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston – UK
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – UK
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore – Canadian
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard – Canadian
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian – 4 stars
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Journey by Francesca Sanna – Italian
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 6 stars
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung – Australian – 4 stars
My Name Is Not Friday by Jon Walter – UK
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks – Canadian
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis – Dutch
Railhead by Philip Reeve – UK
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Canadian
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart – Scottish
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan – Australian
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – Australian – 4 stars
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!

July 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicThe July journal data is entered – what has 3 or more starred reviews and is Newbery eligible? Read on to see – and remember, ignore the outliers at your own risk! To see a rationale for how I put together this list take a peek at the April Newbery Update.

Three lists: List one – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, List 2 – outliers (picture books, graphics, titles for the upper age range), List 3: non-US authors (ineligible – IF my googling of nationality/residence is accurate).   123 titles have 3 or more stars as of the end of July. New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders (31 books):
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow – non-fiction
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 4 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery – non-fiction
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
The Most Important Thing by Avi – short stories
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
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
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet – biography
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 – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

Outliers (73 books):
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – picture book – 4 stars
American Girls by Alison Umminger – YA
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
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – YA
Best Frints in the Universe – Antoinette Portis – picture book – 4 stars
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 – 4 stars
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky – picture book biography
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari – picture book
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
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – YA
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle – picture book
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins – picture book – 5 stars
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – graphic – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman – picture book
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein – graphic
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
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee – picture book – 4 stars
Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo – picture book
The Memory Book by Lara Avery – YA
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 Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade – picture book biography
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – YA
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke – graphic picture book
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin – picture book
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff – YA
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore – non-fiction picture book
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – YA – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – YA
Return by Aaron Becker – picture book
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – picture book – 5 stars
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
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson – picture book
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – YA
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – YA
The Storyteller by Evan Turk – picture book – 4 books
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories – 4 stars
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 – 6 stars
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier- picture book
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley – picture book
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas – 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 – 5 stars
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – poetry – 4 stars
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes – picture book
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – YA
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 (19 books): (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston – Winston UK
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – UK
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore – Canadian
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard – Canadian
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian – 4 stars
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 6 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
Railhead by Philip Reeve – UK
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Canadian
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – Australian – 4 stars
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!

June 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicSorry so late, but I’m planning a flurry of posts and spreadsheet updates over the weekend to catch up. To see a rationale for how I put together this list take a peek at the April Newbery Update.

Three lists: List one – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, List 2 – outliers (picture books, graphics, titles for the upper age range), List 3: non-US authors (ineligible – IF my googling of nationality/residence is accurate).   104 titles have 3 or more stars as of the end of June. New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders (22 books):
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow – non-fiction
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery – non-fiction

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
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
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

Outliers (66 books):
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – picture book – 4 stars
American Girls by Alison Umminger – YA
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
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – YA
Best Frints in the Universe – Antoinette Portis – picture book – 4 stars
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 – 4 stars
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky – picture book biography
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
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle – picture book
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins – picture book – 5 stars
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – graphic
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein – graphic
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
Lion Lessons by Jon Agee – picture book
The Memory Book by Lara Avery – YA

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
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke – graphic picture book
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff – YA
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore – non-fiction picture book
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – YA – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – YA
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – YA
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – picture book – 4 stars
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
Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson – picture book
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters – YA
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – YA
The Storyteller by Evan Turk – picture book – 4 books
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories – 4 stars
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 – 6 stars
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier- picture book
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley – picture book
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas – 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 – 5 stars
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano – poetry – 4 stars
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes – picture book
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – YA
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 (16 books): (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – UK
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore – Canadian
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian – 4 stars
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 6 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 – 4 stars
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!

May 2016 Newbery Contender Update

newberycontendergraphicNewbery time! To see why this is so late take a peek at the May Printz Update. To see a rationale for how I put together this list take a peek at the April Newbery Update.

Three lists: List one – traditional middle grade novel and non-fiction contenders, List 2 – outliers (picture books, graphics, titles for the upper age range), List 3: non-US authors (ineligible – IF my googling of nationality/residence is accurate).   92 titles have 3 or more stars as of the end of May. New titles are in bold.

Traditional Contenders (17 books):
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow – non-fiction
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 (59 books):
¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z!/Olinguito, from A to Z! by Lulu Delacre – picture book – 4 stars
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – picture book
American Girls by Alison Umminger – YA

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
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – YA
Best Frints in the Universe – Antoinette Portis – picture book – 4 stars
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
Cloth Lullaby by Amy Novesky – picture book biography
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
Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle – picture book
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins – picture book

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford – picture book – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle – YA
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – YA
Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman – picture book
I Am Pan! by Mordicai Gerstein – graphic
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
Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke – graphic picture book
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom – picture book
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – YA – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff – YA
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
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – picture book
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
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley – YA
The Storyteller by Evan Turk – picture book
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – YA short stories – 4 stars
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
This Is Not a Picture Book by Sergio Ruzzier- picture book
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 – 5 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 (16 books): (based on brief internet research-not the final authority)
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah – UK
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Canadian
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – Canadian – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore – Canadian
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – Australian – 4 stars
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer – UK
Half Lost by Sally Green – UK
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – UK – 6 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 – 4 stars
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!

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!