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LARC Mocks: 2020 Chapter Books

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

Chapter Books

Please alpha by author. If title is already on the list, please add abbreviation and date to it. (PW = Publishers Weekly, SLJ = School Library Journal, HB = Horn Book, Kirkus = K, Booklist = BL The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books = BCCB (feel free to add other journal titles and abbreviations)

Abe, Julie. Eva Evergreen:Semi-Magical Witch.  K 5/15/20

Acampora, Paul.  Danny Costantino's First (and Maybe Last?) Date.  BL 6/1-15/20

Acevedo, Elizabeth. Clap When You Land. PW 4/6/20, HB 7-8/20

Aceves, Fred.  The New David Espinoza  SLJ 12/19

Addante, Shylah.  Garden of Thorns and Light.  BL 10/15/20

Agosin, Marjorie.  The Maps of Memory: Return to Butterfly Hill  K 8/1/20

Akissi.  Even More Tales of Mischief.  K 9/1/20

Albert, Melissa.  The Night Country.  BL 11/15/19

Albertalli, Becky & Aisha Saeed.  Yes No Maybe So.  BL 12/1/19, SLJ 12/19, 3/15/20

Alexander,  Zeno.  Rebel in the Library of Ever.  BL 5/15/20

Ali, S.K. and Aisha Saeed. Once Upon An Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices.  K 3/1/20, PW 4/13/20

Alkaf, Hanna.  The Girl and the Ghost.  K 6/1/20

Alsaid, Adi. We Didn't Ask for This. PW 2/10/20

Alsaid, Adi.  Come On In: 15 Stories about Immigration and Finding Home.  BL 9/1-15/20, PW 9/28/20

Alston, B.B.  Amari and the Night Brothers.  K 10/1/20

Anderson, John David.  One Last Shot.  4/15/20

Anderson, M.T.  The Daughters of Ys.  BL 7/1/20

Anderson, Sophie.  The Girl Who Speaks Bear.  BL 12/1/19, K 11/15/19, PW 2/3/20

Andrews, Christiane.  Spindlefish and Fish.  K 6/15/20, PW 7/27/20, BL 10/15/20

Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Bob.  PW 4/6/20, K 5/15/20

Arnold, Elana K.  Red Hood.  BL 11/15/19, SLJ 12/19, HB 5-6/20

Aster, Alex.  Curse of the Night Witch.  K 4/15/20, PW 5/18/20

Atta, Dean.  The Black Flamingo ​SLJ 3/20, PW 4/20/20

Auxier, Jonathan.  Willa the Wasp.  K 8/1/20

Bachmann, Stefan.  Cinders & Sparrows.  K 9/1/20

Badger, Darcie Little. Elatsoe. PW 6/22/20

Baker, Kim.  The Water Bears  K 2/1/20, PW 3/9/20

Baldwin, Cindy.  Beginners Welcome  SLJ 1/20

Baptist, Kelly J. Isaiah Dunn is My Hero. PW 7/6/20, BL 8/1/20

Baranby, Hannah.  Monster and Boy.  K 5/1/20

Barnhart, Cathleen. That's What Friends Do. BCCB 1/20

Barnes, Jennifery Lynn. The Inheritance Games. PW 7/27/20

Barnett, Mac.  Jack and  Santa.  K 9/1/20

Barron, Rena. Maya and the Rising Dark.  SLJ 4/20

Barrows, Annie.  The Best of Iggy.  BL 11/15/19

Bashardoust, Melissa.  Girl, Serpent, Thorne.  BL 6/1-15/20

Bauer, Joan.  Raising Lumie.  K 4/15/20, PW 5/11/20

Bayron, Kaylynn.  Cinderella is Dead.  BL 9/1-15/20

Bean, Lexie.  The Ship We Built.  K 4/15/20, BL 5/15/20

Behar, Ruth.  Letters From Cuba.  K 6/15/20

Ben-Zvi, Dafna.  Snoozie, Sunny, And So-So.  K 10/15/20

Bilder, Phil.  A High Five for Glenn Burke.  BL 2/1/20

Billet, Julia.  Catherine's War.  BL 11/15/19, BCCB 1/20

Birch, James.  I Kissed Alice.  BL 9/1-15/20

Bird, Anna.  The Brave.  BL 6/1-15/20,  SLJ 6/20

Blankman, Anne  The Blackbird Girls  K 12/15/19, ​SLJ 3/20

Blecher, Jennifer.  Stick With Me.  SLJ 10/29

Blejwas, Emily  Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened  K 1/15/20

Bond, Victoria. The Summoner.  K 9/1/20, SLJ 9/20

Bottner, Barbara. I Am Here Now. HB 7-8/20

Bourne, Holly.  It Only Happens in the Movies.  BL 9/1-15/20

Bowles, David.  Rise of the Halfling King.  K 6/15/20

Bowling, Dusti.  The Canyon's Edge.  K 6/1/20,  SLJ 8/20, BL 8/1/20

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.  Fighting Words.  K 5/15/20, PW 6/29/20, SLJ 7/20, BL 8/1/20

Brooks, Kevin.  Dogchild.  BL 6/1-15/20

Brown, Echo.  Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard  SLJ 1/20

Brown, Lisa. The Phantom Twin. HB 5-6/20

Brown, Roseanne A. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. PW 5/18/20

Bunce, Elizabeth C.  Premeditated Myrtle.  BL 5/1/20

Butler, Dori Hillestad.  Dear Beast ​SLJ 3/20

Calabrese, Keith. Connect the Dots.  K 3/1/20

Caldwell, Patrice.  A Phoenix Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope.  BL 2/1/20

Caletti, Deb.  Girl, Unframed.  4/15/20, PW 5/4/20, BCCB 6/20

Callender, Kacen.  King and the Dragonflies. PW 12/2/19, SLJ 1/20, BL 1/1-15/20, HB 01-02/20

Callender, Kacen.  Felix Ever After ​SLJ 3/20, PW 3/30/20, BL 5/15/20

Cameron, Josephine.  A Dog-Friendly Town.  K 6/15/20

Cameron, Sharon.  The Light in Hidden Places  SLJ 1/20

Cannon, Sarah. Twist. PW 11/25/19

Capin, Hannah.  Foul is Fair.  BL 1/1-15/20

Carter, Ally.  Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor  SLJ 2/20

Carter, Caela.  How to be a Girl in the World.  SLJ 7/20

Cast, Kristin.  The Key to Fear.  BL 10/15/20

Castillo, Lauren.  Our Friend Hedgehog: The Story of Us.  BL 3/1/20,  K 3/15/20

Cesare, Adam.  Clown in a Cornfield.  BL 8/1/20

Chang, Victoria.  Love, Love.  K 3/15/20

Chari, Sheela.  The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel.  SLJ 8/20

Chase, Paula.  Turning Point.  SLJ 8/20

Chee, Traci.  We Are Not Free.  4/1/20, PW 7/6/20

Chewins, Hayley.  The Sisters of Straygarden Place.  K 6/1/20, PW 7/27/20

Chmakova, Svetlana.  The Weird Books, v.1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods.  BL 6/1-15/20

Chokshi, Roshani.  The Silvered Serpents.  BL 11/15/19

Chupeco, Rin. Wicked As You Wish. PW 1/13/20

Cisneros, Ernesto.  Efren Divided  K 12/1/19, PW 1/31/20, BL 2/1/20

Clark, Henry.  What We Found in a Corn Maze and How It Saved a Dragon.  4/15/20

Clarke, Cassandra Rose. Forget This Ever Happened. PW 9/14/20

Clarke, Hannah Abigail. The Scapegracers. PW 4/13/20

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Leaving Lymon  K 12/1/19, SLJ 1/20, HB 3-4/20

Cline-Ransome, Lesa . Overground Railroad. BCCB 4/20                                                                                                                  

Coats, J. Anderson.  Spindle and Dagger  SLJ 1/20

Cody, Matthew.  Cat Ninja.  K 8/1/20

Colbert, Brandy.  The Only Black Girls in Town  K 12/1/19, PW 1/20/20, 3/15/20

Colbert, Brandy.  The Voting Booth.  BL 6/1-15/20, PW 6/15/20

Connor, Leslie.  A Home for Goddesses and Dogs  SLJ 1/20

Copeland, Cynthia L. Cub. PW 10/14/19

Cordova, Zoraida. Incendiary. BCCB 4/20

Cordova, Zoraida.  The Way to Rio Luna.  4/15/20, SLJ 6/20

Cotugno, Katie.  You Say It First.  BL 5/15/20

Craft, Jerry.  Class Act.  K 8/15/20, BL 9/1-15/20, SLJ 10/20

Crossan, Sarah. Being Toffee. PW 6/8/20

Curato, Mike.  Flamer.  BL 9/1-15/20

Cuthew, Lucy.  Blood Moon.  BL 9/1-15/20

Dahm, Evan.  The Harrowing of Hell.  BL 1/1-15/20

DasGupta, Sayantami.  The Chaos Curse  K 2/1/20

Davis, Tanita S.  Serena Says.  K 9/15/20

De Becerra, Katya.  Oasis.  BL 1/1-15/20

Demetrios, Heather.  Little Universes.  BL 3/1/20

DeSelm, Lisa.  The Puppetmaster's Apprentice.  BL 8/1/20

Deuker, Ken.  Golden Arm.  BL 3/1/20

Diaz, Alexandra. Santiago's Road Home  K 3/15/20, 4/15/20

Doleski, Shannon. Mary Underwater. BCCB 5/20

Donwerth-Chikamatsu, Annie.  Beyond Me.  BL 5/15/20

Durst, Sarah Beth.  Catalyst.  4/15/20

Edge, Christopher. The Longest Night of Charlie Noon.  K 5/15/20,  SLJ 8/20

Egawa, Keith & Egawa, Chenoa.  The Whale Child.  K 8/15/20

Engle, Margarita.  With a Star in My Hand.  BL 1/1-15/20

Falkoff, Michelle.  How to Pack for the End of the World.  BL 11/1/20

Fantauzzo, Laurel Flores. My Heart Underwater. PW 9/28/20

Farber, Felicia.  Ice Queen.  BL 9/1-15/20

Farquhar, Polly.  Itch  K 10/15/19, SLJ 2/20

Firestone, Carrie.  Dress Coded.  4/15/20, K 4/15/20

Farrant, Natasha.  Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror.  K 2/15/20

Fawcett, Heather. The Language of Ghosts. PW 8/10/20

Firestone, Carrie. Dress Coded. PW 6/8/20

Flynn, L.E.  All Eyes on Her.  BL 5/1/20

Frick, Kit. I Killed Zoe Spanos. BCCB 6/20

Frost, Helen.  All He Knew.  SLJ 7/20

Garber, Romina.  Lobinzona.  4/1/20, PW 4/27/20

Gardner, Kati.  Finding Balance.  BL 2/15/20

Gardner, Sally.  Mr. Tiger, Betsy, and the Blue Moon.  BL 2/1/20

Garvin, Jeff.  The Lightness of Hands  SLJ 2/20

Giles, Lamar. Not So Pure and Simple. PW 11/4/19, SLJ 11/19, BL 1/1-15/20

Giles, Lamar.  The Last Mirror on the Left.  K 9/1/20, BL 10/1/20, SLJ 10/20

Gilliland, Raquel Vasquez. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything. PW 6/29/20

Gino, Alex.  Rick  K 1/1/20, BL 2/1/20, SLJ 2/20, PW 2/24/20

Goerz, Gillian. Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer.  K 4/15/20, PW 5/25/20

Going, K.L.  The Next Great Jane.  4/15/20

Grabenstein, Chris.  The Smartest Kid in the Universe.  BL 9/1-15/20, SLJ 10/20

Gravel, Elise.  King of the Birds.  K 8/1/20

Greenslade, Frances.  Red Fox Road.  K 8/1/20

Gregorio, I. W. This is My Brain in Love. PW 2/10/20, ​SLJ 3/20

Grossman, Lev.  The Silver Arrow.  K 7/15/20, BL 8/1/20

Guerrero, Tanya.  How To Make Friends With the Sea  K 1/1/20

Gulledge, Laura Lee.  The Dark Matter of Mona Star  SLJ 1/20

Ha, Robin. Almost American Girl. PW 11/4/19, BL 11/15/19

Hand, Cynthia & others.  My Calamity Jane.  BL 5/15/20

Hardinge, Frances. Deeplight. PW 2/10/20, BCCB 4/20

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood.  The Way Past Winter.  BL 9/1-15/20

Harrell, Rob.  Wink.  BL 2/15/20, PW 2/3/20

Harrison, Margot.  The Glare.  BL 6/1-15/20

Hattemer, Kate.  The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid.  BL 1/1-15/20

Haydu, Corey Ann. Ever Cursed. PW 6/1/20

Heighton, Steven.  The Stray and the Strangers.  K 9/1/20

Henderson, Leah.  The Magic in Changing Your Stars. K 3/15/20, 4/15/20, SLJ 4/20

Hermon, Daka.  Hide and Seeker.  K 6/1/20

Hernandez, Carlos.  Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe.  4/15/20, K 5/1/20

Hesse, Monica.  They Went Left.  BL 1/1-15/20, PW 2/17/20, ​SLJ 3/20, BCCB 4/20

Hest, Amy.  The Summer We Found the Baby.  K 4/15/20, PW 6/15/20, SLJ 8/20

Higuera, Donna Barba. Lupe Wong Won't Dance. PW 7/6/20, BL 9/1-15/20

Hill, Jonathan. Odessa. PW 10/19/20

Hoang, Van. Girl Giant and the Monkey King. PW 9/28/20, BL 11/1/20

Horvath, Polly.  Pine Island Home.  K 7/1/20

Howard, Abby.  The Last Halloween: The Children.  7/1/20

Howe, James.  Houndsley and Catina at the Library.  BL 3/1/20

Husted, Ursual Murray.  A Cat Story.  BL 10/15/20

Hutchinson, Shaun David.  The State of Us.  BL 5/1/20

Ifueko, Jordan.  Raybearer.  BL 2/15/20, PW 2/24/20, BCCB 4/20

Ilett, Emily. The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow  K 12/1/19

Iloh, Candice.  Every Body Looking.  BL 8/1/20

Ireland, Justina.  Deathless Divide.  BL 1/1-15/20

Jackson, Tiffany D. Grown. PW 7/13/20

Jamison, Victoria and Omar Mohamed  When Stars are Scattered  SLJ 2/20, PW 3/2/20, HB 3-4/20

Johnson, Varian.  Twins.  7/1/20, K 9/1/20, SLJ 10/20

Jenkins, Emily. Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School. K 4/1/20, PW 5/11/20
Johnson, Leah. You Should See Me in a Crown. PW 5/11/20
Jones, Joy.  Jayla Jumps In.  BL 9/1-15/20
Jousselin, Pascal.  Mister Invincible: Local Hero.  BL 6/1-15/20,  PW 6/29/20, K 7/15/20
Jung, Mike.  The Boys in the Back Row.  BL 9/1-15/20, SLJ 9/20
Junior, Otavio. From My Window. PW 2/3/20
Kacer, Kathy.  The Brushmaker's Daughter.  K 7/15/20
Kacer, Kathy.  Louder Than Words.  SLJ 4/20

Kadarusman, Michelle.  Music for Tigers.  K 3/1/20

Kkadohata, Cynthia.  Saucy.  K 8/15/20, SLJ 9/20

Kapit, Sarah  Get a Grip Vivy Cohen!  K 11/15/19, SLJ 1/20, BL 3/1/20

Kassner, Heather.  The Forest of Stars.  K 6/1/20

Keller, Tae.  When You Trap a Tiger  K 10/15/19, PW 11/4/19, SLJ 1/20

Kelly, Erin Entrada.  We Dream of Space.  BL 3/1/20, PW 3/23/20, SLJ 4/20, HB 5-6/20, BCCB 6/20

Kephart, Beth.  The Great Upending.  BL 2/15/20

Kephart, Beth.  Cloud Hopper.  BL 9/1-15/20

Khanani, Intisar.  Thorn  SLJ 1/20

Khorram, Adib.  Darius the Great Deserves Better.  BL 8/1/20

Kim, Jessica.  Stand Up, Yumi Chang!  BL 12/15/19, K 12/15/19

Kinney, Jeff.  Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure.  K 8/15/20

Klas, Benjamin.  Second Dad Summer.  3/15/20

Knetzger, Laura.  Bug Boys.  BL 1/1-15/20

Knisley, Lucy.  Stepping Stones.  SLJ 4/20, HB 5-6/20

Konigsberg, Bill. The Bridge. PW 7/6/20, BL 8/1/20

Korman, Gordon.  War Stories.  K 5/1/20, BL 6/1-15/20

Kraus, Daniel.  Bent Heaven.  BL 12/1/19, SLJ 1/20

Kraus, Daniel.  They Threw Us Away.  K 7/15/20

Krone, Bridget. Small Mercies  K  12/15/19

Kugler, Tina.  The Great Bunk Bed Battle.  K 9/1/20

Kuhn, Sarah.  Shadow of the Batgirl.  BL 1/1-15/20

LaCour, Nina. Watch Over Me. PW 8/10/20, BL 9/1-15/20

Lagercrantz, Rose.  All's Happy That Ends Happy.  K 7/15/20

Lai, Remy.  Fly on the Wall. K 4/1/20, 4/15/20, SLJ 4/20

Lang, Heidi. Wrong Way Summer. BCCB 5/20

Lang, Heidi and Kati Bartkowski.  Whispering Pines.  BL 8/1/20

LaRochelle, David.  See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog.  K 8/1/20

Larson, Hope. All Together Now  K 3/15/20

Layne, Aliza.  Beetle & The Hollowbones.  K 5/1/20, BL 6/1-15/20, PW 6/8/20, SLJ 6/20

Le, Minh.  Green Lantern: Legacy SLJ 12/19

Lee, Julie. Brother's Keeper.  K 4/1/20, BL 5/15/20, PW 6/1/20, SLJ 6/20

Lee, Lyla  Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business  K 11/1/19

Lendler, Iam. The Fabled Life of Aesop: The Extraordinary Journey and Collected Tales of the World's Greatest Storyteller.  K 2/15/20

Levine, Gail Carson.  A Ceiling Made of Eggshells.  K 3/1/20, PW 3/30/20

Levithan, David.  19 Love Songs.  PW 11/25/19, BL 12/15/19, SLJ 1/20, BCCB 2/20

Leyh, Kat.  Snapdragon  K 12/15/19, BL 2/15/20

LeZotte, Ann Clare  Show Me a Sign  K 11/15/19, PW 1/13/20, ​SLJ 3/20

Lin, Grace.  Mulan: Before the Sword  K 1/1/20

Linka, Catherine.  What I Want You to See.  BL 10/15/19

Liu, Jennie.  Like Spilled Water.  BL 9/1-15/20

Lockette, Tim.  Atty At Law.  K 6/15/20

Lockhart, E.  Again Again. BL 3/15/20, BCCB 6/20

Longo, Jennifer. What I Carry. PW 11/11/19

Lowry, Lois.   On the Horizon.  BL 2/1/20

Lu, Marie.  The Kingdom of Back  SLJ 1/20

Lupano, Wilfrid.  The Wolf in Underpants Freezes His Buns Off  K 12/15/19

Lundberg, Sara.  The Bird in Me Flies.  BL 5/15/20

Lyons, Kelly Starling. Ty's Travels: All Aboard!  K 5/15/20

Mabry, Samantha. Tigers, Not Daughters. PW 1/13/20, SLJ 2/20, BCCB 3/20, 3/15/20

Maggs, Sam.  Con Quest!  K 5/1/20

Maldonaldo, Torrey.  What Lane?  K 2/15/20, 3/16/20, SLJ 4/20

Marks, Janae.  From the Desk of Zoe Washington  K 10/1/19, PW 11/4/19, BL 11/15/19

Martin, Laura.  Glitch.  SLJ 6/20

McAdam, Tash.  Blood Sport  SLJ 1/20

McCaughrean, Geraldine.  Where the World Ends.  3/15/20

McCulloch, Amy. Jinxed. PW 10/21/19

McDunn, Gillian.  The Queen Bee and Me.  BL 1/1-15/20

McKay, Hilary.   The Time of Green Magic.  4/15/20, PW 6/8/20, SLJ 7/20

McLaughlin, Kate.  What Unbreakable Looks Like.  BL 6/1-15/20

McLemore, Anna-Marie.  Dark and Deepest Red.  BL 11/15/19

McGovern, Cammie.  Just Breathe.  BL 12/1/19

McManus, Karen M. One of Us Is Next. PW 10/21/19

McSmith, Tobly.  Stay Gold ​SLJ 3/20

Mejia, Tehlor Kay.  Paola Santiago and the River of Tears. K 6/1/20,  PW 6/22/20, SLJ 8/20, BL 8/1/20

Mejia, Tehlor Kay.  We Unleash the Merciless Storm.  BL 2/1/20

Melleby, Nicole  In the Role of Brie Hutchens...  K 1/15/20, 3/16/20

Messner, Kate.  Chirp  K 10/15/19, PW 11/18/19

Mian, Zanib.  Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet.  BL 11/15/19

Milano, Birdie.  Boy Meets Hamster.  K 8/1/20

Milford, Kate.  The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story.  BL 10/15/19, SLJ 12/19

Morris, Chad and Shelly Brown.  Willa and the Whale ​SLJ 3/20

Morrow, Bethany C.  A Song below Water.  4/15/20, BCCB 6/20

Mutinda, Danson.  Hockey Night in Kenya.  K 6/2020

Namey, Laura Taylor. A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow. PW 9/7/2020

Nayeri, Daniel. Everything Sad is Untrue (A True Story). PW 6/15/20, SLJ 7/20

Nesbet, Anne.  Daring Darleen, Queen of the Screen  K 2/1/20, PW 2/17/20, BL 5/15/20, SLJ 4/20

Ness, Patrick.  Burn.  PW 5/4/20, BL 5/15/20, BCCB 6/20

Nguyen, Trung Le.  The Magic Fish.  7/1/20

Nilsson, Ulf.  All The Dear Little Animals  K 1/1/20, 3/15/20

Noel, Kaela. Coo. BCCB 3/20

Noone, Gabby.  Layoverland.  BL 11/15/19

Noyes, Deborah. We Are All His Creatures : Tales of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman. BCCB 3/20

Nuanez, J. M.  Birdie and Me  SLJ 1/20

Okorafor, Nnedi.  Ikenga.  SLJ 7/20

Older, Daniel Jose.  Shadowshaper Legacy.  BL 12/1/19

Oliver, Lauren. The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street. PW 11/18/19, K 11/1/19, SLJ 2/20

Oppel, Kenneth.  Bloom  SLJ 2/20

Ortega, Claribel A. Ghost Squad. PW 3/16/20

Ortiz, Amparo.  Blazeworth Games.  BL 9/1-15/20

O'Shaughnessy, Kate. The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane  K 1/15/20, PW 2/3/20

Oshiro, Mark. Each of Us a Desert. PW 7/20/20

Ouimet, David.  I Go Quiet.  BL 1/1-15/20

Page, Nathan.  The Montague Twins: The Witch's Hand.  7/1/20

Palmer, Iva-Marie.  Gimme Everything You Got.  BL 5/15/20

Park, Linda Sue. Prairie Lotus. PW 1/6/20, K 1/15/20, BL 3/1/20, ​SLJ 3/20, HB 3-4/20

Parry, Rosanne.  A Whale of the Wild.  BL 8/1/20

Patrick, Cat. Tornado Brain.  K 4/1/20, BL 5/1/20

Patterson, James and Kwame Alexander. Becoming Muhammad Ali. PW 9/28/20, SLJ 10/20, BL 10/15/20

Pennypacker, Sara. Here in the Real World. PW 11/25/19, BCCB 2/20

Pico, Thom. Aster and the Accidental Magic. BCCB 3/20

Pinkney, Andrea Davis and Brian Pinkney.  Loretta Little Looks Back - Three Voices Go Tell It.  K 8/15/20, PW 8/24/2020, SLJ 9/20

Pixley, Marcella. Trowbridge Road.  K 4/1/20

Pizzoli, Greg.  Baloney and Friends  K 1/1/20

Power, Rory.  Burn Our Bodies Down.  BL 5/1/20, PW 5/25/20

Preus, Margi. The Littlest Voyageur. PW 12/23/19

Preus, Margi. Village of Scoundrels. PW 12/2/19

Progert, Tim.  Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian.  K 7/15/20

Quindlen, Kelly.  She Drives Me Crazy.  BL 9/1-15/20

Ramee, Lisa Moore.  Something To Say.  K 5/1/20,  SLJ 6/20

Reed, Christina Hammonds.  The Black Kids.  PW 8/24/2020, BL 9/1-15/20

Reese, Jenn.  A Game of Fox & Squirrels.  K 2/15/20, 3/16/20

Respicio, Mae.  Any Day with You.  SLJ 4/20

Reynolds, Aaron.  Fart Quest.  BL 8/1/20

Reynolds, Justin A.  Early Departures.  BL 9/1-15/20

Reynolds, Justin A.  Long Way Down. BL 10/15/20

Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  Black Brother, Black Brother.  BL 3/1/20

Riess, Natalie.  Dungeon Critters.  K 8/1/20, PW 8/10/20, BL 9/1-15/20

Ritter, William.  The Unready Queen.  SLJ 6/20

Roamhorse, Rebecca  Race to the Sun  K 11/15/19

Robertson, David.  The Barren Grounds.  K 6/15/20

Rocha, Lucas.  Where We Go From  Here.  BL 6/1-15/20

Rosen, L.C.  Camp.  4/1/20

Rosewater, Kit.  The Derby Daredevils: Kenzie Kickstarts a Team.  BL 12/1/19

Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Mananaland  K 12/15/19, BL 1/1-15/20, PW 1/20/20

Ryon, Loriel.  Into the Tall, Tall Grass ​SLJ 3/20

Sachar, Louis  Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom  K 11/1/19, PW 12/23/19

Saeed, Jamal & McKay, Sharon.  Yara's Spring.  K 8/15/20

Safier, David.  28 Days: A Novel of Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto.  BL 3/1/20

Sage, Angie.  Twilight Hauntings  K 12/1/19, SLJ 2/20

Salaysay, Cynthia.  Private Lessons ​SLJ 3/20, 4/1/20, 6/20 BCCB

Salazar, Aida.  The Land of the Cranes. K 6/1/20, PW 7/20/20

Sanchez, Jenny Torres.  We Are Not from Here ​SLJ 3/20, 3/15/20, PW 4/13/20

Sass, Adam.  Surrender Your Sons.  BL 9/1-15/20

Sass, A.J.  Ana on the Edge.  BL 9/1-15/20

Savaryn, Lorelei.  The Circus of Stolen Dreams.  BL 8/1/20

Savit, Gavriel. The Way Back. PW 8/3/20, BL 10/15/20

Schmidt, Gary D.  Just Like That.  BL 9/1-15/20

Schmidt, Gary D.  A Long Road on a Short Day.  K 9/1/20

Scott, Libby and Rebecca Westcott. Can You See Me? PW 1/20/20

Selfors, Suzanne & Ranson, Walker.  Braver: A Wombat's Tale.  K 5/1/20, BL 5/15/20

Sellet, Amanda.  By the Book: A Novel of Prose and Cons.  3/15/20

Shivering, William & Christian McKay Heidicker.  Thieves of Weirdwood.  BL 5/15/20

Simon, Scott.  Sunnyside Plaza  K 10/1/19, PW 10/21/19

Shepherd, Andy.  The Boy Who Grew Dragons  SLJ 2/20

Smejkal, Kim. Ink in the Blood. PW 12/2/19

Smith, Brian.  Pea, Bee & Jay: Stuck Together.  K 7/15/20, SLJ 9/20

Smith, Niki  The Deep & Dark Blue  K 11/1/19

Smith, Sherri L. The Blossom and the Firefly. HB 3-4/20

Smyth, Ciara. The Falling in Love Montage. PW 5/18/20

Solomon, Rachel Lynn. Today Tonight Tomorrow. PW 4/27/20

Sook, Kim Hyun.  Banned Book Club.  BL 11/15/19

Soontornvat, Christina.  A Wish in the Dark.  BL 2/1/20

Stamper, Vesper.  A Cloud of Outrageous Blue.  BL 5/15/20

Standish, Ali.  How to Disappear Completely.  BL 11/15/19

Stark-McGinnis, Sandy. The Space Between Lost and Found. BCCB 4/20

Starmer, Aaron.  The Magic Eraser. K 4/15/20

Stead, Rebecca.  The List of Things That Will Not Change.  BL 2/1/20, K 2/1/20, PW 2/10/20, ​SLJ 3/20, HB 3-4/20, BCCB 4/20

Stein,  Tammar.  Beni's War. SLJ  10/20

Stier, Catherine.  I am Jax, Protector of the Ranch  K 2/1/20

Stilton, Geronimo and Elisabetta Dami.  The Sewer Rat Stink ​SLJ 3/20

Stoddard, Lindsey.  Brave Like That.  SLJ 6/20

Stone, Nic. Clean Getaway. PW 10/21/19

Stone, Nic.  Shuri.  BL 2/15/20

Stork, Francisco X.  Illegal.  BL 6/1-15/20

Summer, Jamie.  Tune It Out.  K 7/15/20,  SLJ 8/20, PW 8/3/20

Sutton, Karah.  A Wolf for A Spell.  K 9/20

Sylvester, Natalia.  Running. K  3/15/20

Tahir, Sabaa.  The Sky beyond the Storm.  BL 12/15/20

Tan, Amy Rebecca.  Summer at Meadow Wood. SLJ 4/20

Tankard, Jeremy. Yorick and Bones. K 4/1/20

Taylor, Mildred D. All the Days Past, All the Days to Come. PW 11/11/19, BL 11/15/19

Taylor, Nandi.  Given.  BL 2/15/20

Taylor, Thomas. Gargantis.  K 3/1/20

Thin, Michelle Aung.  Crossing the Farak River ​SLJ 3/20

Thomas, Aiden.  Cemetery Boys.  BL 5/1/20, PW 6/29/20

Tidhar, Lavie.  The Candy Mafia.  BL 10/15/20

Timberlake, Amy.  Skunk and Badger.  K 7/15/20, BL 8/1/20, PW 8/3/20

Tucholke, April Genevieve. Seven Endless Forests. PW 2/24/20

Tyndall, Nicole B.  Coming Up for Air.  BL 12/1/20

Uss, Christina.  The Colossus of Roads.  4/15/20

Vail, Rachel. Bad Best Friend. BCCB 3/20

Vail, Rachel. Cat Ears on Elizabeth. BCCB 5/20

Valentine, Jenny. Hello Now. BCCB 3/20

Van den Ende, Peter.  The Wanderer.  BL 9/1-15/20

VanderMeer, Jeff.  A Peculiar Peril.  BL 6/1-15/20

Ventrella, Kim.  The Secret Life of Sam.  K 8/1/20

Vrabel, Beth  The Newspaper Club  K 12/15/19

Walters, Eric.  High and Dry  SLJ 1/20

Walters, Eric.  The King of Jam Sandwiches.  SLJ 7/20

Watson, Renee. Ways to Make Sunshine. PW 2/10/20,  K 2/15/20, 3/15/20

Wein, Elizabeth. The Enigma Game. HB 5-6/20

Welford, Ross.  The Dog Who Saved the World.  BL 11/1/20

Whitley, Jeremy.  Girl On Fire. K 6/1/20

Wiles, Deborah.  Kent State.  BL 1/1-15/20, 3/16/20, BCCB 4/20, HB 5-6/20

Willems, Mo.  I Want to Sleep Under the Stars!  SLJ 10/20

Williams, Lily  Go With the Flow  K 11/15/19

Wilson, S.G.  Me vs. the Multiverse: Pleased to Meet Me.  BL 6/1-15/20

Winters, Julian.  The Summer of Everything.  BL 9/1-15/20

Wolk, Lauren.  Echo Mountain  K 2/1/20, BL 3/1/20, PW 3/2/20, HB 7-8/20

Wolkenstein, M. Evan.  Turtle Boy.  BL 5/15/20

Woodfolk, Ashley. When You Were Everything. PW 2/3/20

Wood, Maryrose.  Alice's Farm: A Rabbit's Tale.  BL 9/1-15/20

Woods, Matilda.  Otto Tattercoat and The Forest of Lost Things.  K 3/15/20, BL 6/1-15/20

Woodson, Jacqueline.  Before the Ever After.  K 7/15/20, SLJ 7/20, PW 8/10/20

Wolf, Allan.  The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party.  BL 9/1-15/20

Yang, Gene Luen. Dragon Hoops. BCCB 3/20

Yang, Gene Luen.  Superman Smashes the Klan.  4/15/20

Yang, Kelly.  Parachutes.  3/15/20, PW 4/13/20

Yang, Kelly.  Three Keys. K 6/1/20, PW 7/27/20, BL 8/1/20

Yee, F.C.  The Iron Will of Genie Lo  SLJ 11/19

Yoon, David. Super Fake Love Song. PW 10/19/20

Young, Brigit.  The Prettiest.  4/1/20

Yohalem, Eve.  The Truth according to Blue.  BL 2/15/20

Zaczek, Alyssa.  Martin McLean, Middle School Queen  K 10/1/19

Zoboi, Ibi and Yusef Salaam.  Punching the Air.  BL 8/1/20, PW 8/3/20

Zosienka. The Moon Keeper. PW 2/3/20

Newbery Criteria

1. In identifying “distinguished contribution to American literature,” defined as text, in a book for children,

a. Committee members need to consider the following:

  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of a setting
  • Appropriateness of style.

Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.

b.Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.

3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic content or popularity.

Adopted by the ALSC Board, January 1978. Revised, Midwinter 1987. Revised, Annual 2008.