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LARC Mocks: 2021 Chapter Books

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

2021 Chapter Books

Abdo, Dan & Patterson, Jason.  Barb the Last Berzerker.  K 8/1/21

Abe, Julie.  Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch.  K 6/15/21, BL 8/21

Abtahi, Olivia.  Perfectly Parvin.  BL 4/1/21,  SLJ 5/21

Abike-Iyimide, Faridah. Ace of Spades. PW 4/12/21

Adderson, Caroline.  Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories.  K 7/15/21

Adler, Dahlia.  Cool for the Summer.  BL 4/1/21

Agee, Jon.  OTTO: A Palindrama.  K 8/15/21

Ahmed, Samira.  Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds.  K 8/1/21, SLJ 9/21

Ahokoivu, Mari. Oksi. PW 8/9/21, BL 10/15/21, BCCB 11/21

Albert, Melissa.  Tales from the Hinterland.  BL 11/1/20

Albertalli, Becky. Kate in Waiting. PW 2/15/21

Albertalli, Becky.  Here's to Us.  BL 12/1/21

Albus, Kate.  A Place to Hang the Moon.  BL 2/1/21

Alexander, Damian.  Other Boys.  BL 10/15/21

Algorta, Alejandra.  Neverforgotten.  K 7/1/21

Allen, Josh.  Only If You Dare: 13 Stories of Darkness and Doom.  SLJ 8/21

Allen, Sarah.  Breathing Underwater.  SLJ 3/21

Almond, David.  Annie Lumsden, The Girl From the Sea.  K 4/15/21

Alston, B.B.  Amari and the Night Brothers.  BL 11/1/20, SLJ 11/20

Anders, Charlie Jane.  Victories Greater than Death.  BL 3/1/20

Anderson, Cory.  What Beauty There Is.  BL 4/1/21

Anderson, Jodi Lynn.  The Memory Thief.  BL 1/1-15/21

Anderson, John David.  Stowaway.  BL 8/21

Ansari, Rebecca K.S., The In-Between.  K 11/20, PW 11/16/2020, SLJ 11/20

Appelt, Kathi.  Once upon a Camel.  BL 7/21

Applegate, Katherine.  Willodeen.  BL 7/21, PW 7/12/21

Aragno, Rachele.  Mel the Chosen.  BL 9/15/21

Arnold, David.  The Electric Kingdom.  BL 12/1/20, BCCB 4/21

Arnold, Elana K. The House That Wasn't There. PW 2/8/21, K 1/1/21

Arnold, Elana K.  Starla Jean: What Came First: the Chicken or the Friendship?  K 12/1/20

Arnold, Marie.  The Year I Flew Away.  BL 11/1/20, K 12/15/20

Arnold, Tedd.  Noodleheads Do the Impossible.  K 9/1/21

Asphyxia.  The Words in My Hands.  BL 11/1-15/21

Aster, Alex.  Curse of the Forgotten City.  K 5/15/21

Atinuke. Too Small Tola. PW 2/1/21, K 2/1/21, HB 3-4/21

Atkinson, Cale.  Super Detectives.  K 12/15/20

Auxier, Jonathan.  Trouble With Tattle-Tails.  K 4/15/21

Bacon, Lee.  Imaginary.  K 9/15/21

Badger, Darcie Little. A Snake Falls to Earth. PW 8/23/21, BL 10/15/21

Baitie, Elizabeth-Irene.  Crossing the Stream.  K 6/1/21

Baker, Chandler and Wesley King. Hello (From Here). PW 8/2/21

Ballard, Ruthy.  Tales by Moons-light: Stories from before the Great Melt.  BL 2/15/21

Baptist, Kelly J.  The Swag Is in the Socks.  BL 10/1/21, BCCB 11/21

Barnett, Mac.  Jack Gets Zapped!  K 12/15/20

Baron, Chris.  The Magical Imperfect.  BL 6/1-15/21

Barron, T.A.  Giant.  K 9/15/21

Barron, Rena.  Reaper of Souls.  BL 2/15/21

Barrows,  Annie.  Iggy is the Hero of Everything.  K 4/15/21

Barrows, Annie.  Ivy + Bean Get to Work!  K 3/15/21

Bauer, Marion Dane.  Sunshine.  K 4/15/21

Bayron, Kalynn. This Poison Heart. PW 4/29/21, BL 6/1-15/21

Beatty, Robert.  Willa of Dark Hollow.  K 5/1/21

Becker, Harmony.  Himawari House.  BL 9/15/21, PW 10/11/21

Billingsley, Franny.  The Robber Girl.  K 8/15/21, HB 9-10/21

Birdsall, Jeanne.  Teafleet & Roog Make a Mess.  K 5/1/21

Blackwood, Lauren.  Within These Wicked Walls.  BL 9/15/21

Blake, Ashley Herring. Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea. PW 3/29/21

Booraem, Ellen.  River Magic.  K 2/15/21

Borba, Adam.  The Midnight Brigade.  BL 8/21

Boulley, Angelina.  Firekeeper's Daughter.  PW 2/1/21, BL 2/15/21, HB 5-6/21

Bourne, Shakirah.  Josephine Against the Sea.  K 6/1/21, BL 7/21

Bowen, Natasha. Skin of the Sea. PW 9/27/21, BL 11/1-15/21

Bowling, Dusti.  Aven Green Sleuthing Machine.  SLJ 3/21

Bowling, Dusti.  Across the Desert.  BL 12/15/21

Bowman, Akemi Dawn. Generation Misfits. BCCB 7-8/21, SLJ 7/21

Bracken, Alexandra.  Lore.  BL 1/1-15/21

Braden, Ann.  Flight of the Puffin.  BL 4/15/21

Bradley, John Ed.  The Road to Wherever.  BL 4/15/21

Brown, Waka T.  While I Was Away.  BL 1/1-15/21

Browne, Mahogany L. Chlorine Sky. BCCB 1/21

Bruchac, Joseph.  Rez Dogs.  K 5/15/21

Brueggemann, Wibke. Love is for Losers. PW 12/21/20

Buford, Candace.  Kneel.  BL 9/1/21

Bunce, Elizabeth.  Cold-Blooded Myrtle.  K 9/1/21

Burke, Cliff.  An Occasionally Happy Family. K 3/15/21

Burt, Jake.  The Ghost of Windydown Vale.  BL 8/21

Bury, Katryn.  Drew Leclair Gets a Clue.  BL 3/15/22

Caletti, Deb.  One Great Lie.  BL 4/1/21, PW 4/19/21

Cameron, Josephine.  Not All Heroes.  K 3/15/21

Caple, Kathy.  Frog and Ball.  K 6/15/21

Capetta, A.R.  The Heartbreak Bakery.  BL 9/15/21

Carson, Rae. Any Sign of Life. PW 8/16/21

Carter, Caela. Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers. PW 8/23/21, BL 10/1/21

Catasus Jennings,  Terry.  Knight of the Cape.  K 1/1/21

Chainani, Soman. Beasts and Beauty. HB 11-12/21

Chanani, Nidhi.  Jukebox.  BL 7/21

Charles, Tami.  Muted.  BL 2/15/21

Chim, Wai.  Freedom Summer.  BL 10/15/21

Choi, Mary H. K. Yolk. PW 1/11/21

Chokshi, Roshani.  Aru Shah and The City of Gold.  K 4/1/21

Clark, Yvette.  Glitter Gets Everywhere.  BL 4/1/21

Clark, Zack. The Lock-Eater. BCCB 12/21

Clayton, Dhonielle. Blackout. PW 4/29/21, BL 6/1-15/21, BCCB 6/21

Clayton, Dhonielle.  The Mirror: Shattered Midnight.  BL 9/1/21

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Being Clem.  K 6/15/21, SLJ 7/21, BL 7/21, HB 7-8/21

Cohn, Edith. Birdie's Billions. PW 10/18/21

Colleen, Marcie. Survivor Tree. PW 4/5/21

Crane, Rebekah.  Only the Pretty Lies.  BL 4/15/21

Cole, Olivia A.  The Truth about White Lies.  BL 3/15/22

Cordova, Zordaida.  Illusionary.  BL 4/1/21

Corrigan, Eireann. Remedy. BCCB 4/21

Costner, Arianne.  Confessions of a Class Clown.  SLJ 1/21

Crewes, Eleanor.  Lilla the Accidental Witch.  K 6/1/21

Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Across the Rainbow Bridge: Stories of Norse Gods and Humans.  K 9/1/21

Cuevas, Adrianna.  Cuba in My Pocket.  BL 5/15/21, K 8/15/21

Culley, Betty.   Down to Earth.  BL 4/15/21

Cushman, Karen.  War and Millie McGonigle.  K 2/15/21

Cypess, Leah.  Thornwood. K 3/1/21, SLJ 1/21

Dahm, Evan.  Island Book: The Infinite Land.  K 4/1/21

Daly, Niki.  You're a Star, Lolo.  K 5/1/21

Darbon, Mel.  Rosie Loves Jack.  BL 2/1/21

DasGupta, Sayantani.  Force of Fire.  K 4/1/21, BL 4/1/21

Dass, Sarah. Where the Rhythm Takes You. PW 3/29/21

Dassu, A.M.  Boy, Everywhere.  K  3/1/21

Davies, Jacqueline.  Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World.  BL 2/1/21

Davis, Tanita S.  Partly Cloudy.  BL 9/1/21

Day, Christine.  The Sea in Winter.  K 11/20

Deaver, Mason.  The Ghosts We Keep.  BL 5/1/21

deVos, Kelly.  Eat Your Heart Out.  BL 5/15/21

DiCamillo, Kate.  The Beatryce Prophecy.  BL 5/15/21, PW 7/19/21, K 8/1/21, BCCB 9/21, HB 9-10/21

Dillard, J.  J.D. and the Great Barber Battle. K 1/1/21

Dobbs, Alda P.  Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna.  BL 5/15/21, SLJ 9/21

Draper, Sharon M.  Out of My Heart.  K 9/15/21, PW 10/11/21

Edgmon, H. E. The Witch King. PW 5/3/21

Edwards, Samantha.  A Tale as Tall as Jacob: Misadventures With My Brother.  K 8/1/21, SLJ 9/21

Elhillo, Safia.  Home Is Not a Country.  BL 3/1/20

Elliott, David. The Seventh Raven. PW 1/25/21

Ellor, Z.R.  May the Best Man Win.  BL 4/15/21

Erens, Pamela.  Matasha.  K 5/1/21

Esguerra, A.C.  Eighty Days.  BL 9/15/21

Esperon, Maria Garcia. The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas. PW 12/21/20

Everman, Cookie Hiponia.  We Belong.  K 1/1/21

Ewing, Eve.  Maya and the Robot.  SLJ 7/21

Fagan, Deva.  Nightingale.  BL 4/1/21

Faizal, Hafzah.  We Free the Stars.  BL 12/15/20

Farley, Grant. Bones of a Saint.  BL 12/15/20

Farrant, Natasha.  Voyage of the Sparrowhawk. K 8/15/21, BL 10/15/21

Faruqi, Reem.  Unsettled.  K 3/15/21

Fawcett, Heather.  The School Between Winter and Fairyland.  K 9/1/21, PW 9/20/21

Fernandez, Kelly.  Manu.  BL 7/21, K 8/15/21

Fipps, Lisa.  Starfish.  BL 12/1/20, K 2/1/21

Flake, Sharon G.  The Life I'm In.  BL 12/1/20

Florence, Debbi Michiko.  Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai.  K 6/15/21

Flores, Arnee.  The Firebird Song.  BL 4/15/21

Foody, Amanda.  The Accidental Apprentice.  K 1/15/21

Foody, Amanda and Christine Lynn Herman. All of Us Villains. PW 9/27/21

Forman, Gayle. We Are Inevitable. PW 5/3/21

Forman, Gayle.  Frankie & Bug.  BL 8/21

Forna, Namina.  The Gilded Ones.  BL 12/1/20

 

Frasier, Crystal.  Cheer Up!  Love and Pompoms.  BL 7/21

Frazeri, Sundee T. Mighty Inside. PW 7/19/21

Fukuda, Yasuhiro.  Cells at Work: Baby, v.1.  BL 5/15/21

Fung, Rosena.  Living With Viola.  K 8/15/21

Garber, Romina.  Cazadora.  BL 8/21

Garcia Esperon,  Maria.  The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas.  K 1/15/21

Garrett, Camryn. Off the Record. PW 4/5/21

Gertler, Caroline.  Many Points of Me.  SLJ 12/20

Gibaldi, Lauren and Eric Smith. Battle of the Bands. PW 8/9/21

Gibson, Eva V.  Where Secrets Lie.  BL 4/1/21

Gilbert, Kelly Loy.  When We Were Infinite.  PW 2/8/21, BL 2/15/21

Giles, Chrystal.  Take Back the Block.  SLJ  12/20

Gilliland, Raquel Vasquez.  How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe.  BL 8/21

Glasgow, Kathleen.  You'd Be Home Now.  BL 8/21

Goerz, Gillian.  Shirley and Jamila's Big Fall.  BL 11/1-15/21

Goldstein, Meredith. Things That Grow. BCCB 3/21

Goodner, David.  Kondo & Kezumi Reach Bell Bottom.  SLJ 12/20

Gratz, Alan.  Ground Zero.  BL 1/1-15/21, SLJ 2/21

Graudin, Ryan & Amie Kaufman.  The World between Blinks.  BL 11/1/20

Gray, Ayana.  Beasts of Prey.  BL 8/21

Green, Tim.  Final Season.  K 8/15/21

Greenberg, Imogen.  Athena: Goddess of Wisdom and War.  K 5/1/21

Greenburg, Dan.  Why I was Late for School Again.  SLJ 8/21

Grehan, Meg.  Deepest Breath.  BL 2/1/21

Hagger-Holt, Sarah.  Nothing Ever Happens Here.  SLJ 5/21

Hale, Shannon.  Friends Forever.  BL 7/21

Hansen, Regina. The Coming Storm. BCCB 6/21

Hamza, Nina.  Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year.  SLJ 5/212

Hara, Kyoko.  The Mailbox in the Forest.  K 8/1/21

Harper,  Charise Mericle.  Bad Sister.  K 6/1/21, HB 9-10/21

Harrell, Rob.  Batpig: When Pigs Fly.  K 9/15/21

Harrold, A.F. The Book of Not Entirely Useful Advice. BCCB 2/21

Haydu, Corey Ann. One Jar of Magic. PW 12/7/20,  K 12/1/20, SLJ 2/21

He, Joan. The Ones We're Meant to Find. PW 3/15/21

Heape, Harry.  Indiana Bones.  K 7/1/21

Heath, Carly. The Reckless Kind. BCCB12/21

Heider, Mary Winn.  The Losers at the Center of the Galaxy.  BL 3/1/20, SLJ 1/21

Helwein, Mercedes.  Slingshot.  BL 4/1/21

Henkes, Kevin.  Billy Miller Makes a Wish.  BL 3/1/20, K 2/15/21, SLJ 4/21, HB 3-4/21

Henry, Katie.  This Will Be Funny Someday.  BL 12/1/20

Higuera, Donna Barba. The Last Cuentista. PW 6/14/21, K 7/1/21, SLJ 9/21

Hiranandani, Veera.  How to Find What You're Not Looking For.  K 8/1/21, SLJ 9/21

Hoang, Van.  Girl Giant and the Jade War.  BL 11/1-15/21

Holm, Jennifer L.  The Lion of Mars.  PW 12/7/20, BL 1/1-15/21

Hood, Ann.  Jude Banks, Superhero.  BL 5/15/21

Holm, Jennifer.  Sunny Makes a Splash.  K 8/1/21

Holmes, Mike.  My Own World.  BL 5/15/21

Holt, K.A.  Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine: The Kids Under the Stairs. SLJ 9/21

Holt, Kimberly Willis.  The Ambassador of Nowhere, Texas.  BL 12/1/20

Hudson, Wade.  Recognize! An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life.  K 7/15/21, BL 10/15/21

Hutchinson, Shaun David.  A Complicated Love Story Set in Space.  BL 11/1/20

Ifueko, Jordan.  Redemptor.  BL 8/21

Ireland, Justina.  Ophie's Ghosts.  BL 4/15/21, BCCB 4/21, HB 5-6/21

Ireland, Meredith.  The Jasmine Project.  BL 9/15/21

Jackson, Kosoko.  Yesterday is History.  BL 2/1/21

Jackson, Kosoko.  Survive the Dome.  BL 3/15/22

Jackson, Linda Williams.  The Lucky Ones.  BL 3/15/22

Jasinska, Alicia. The Midnight Girls. PW 11/1/21

Jean, Emiko.  Tokyo Ever After.  BL 3/1/20

Jenkins, Emily. Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School. 7-8/21

Jimenez, Karleen Pendleton.  The Street Belongs to Us.  BL 5/15/21

Johnson, Daisy May.  How to be Brave.  SLJ 7/21

Johnson, Leah. Rise to the Sun. PW 5/31/21

Johnson, Maureen.  The Box in the Woods.  BL 5/1/21

Johnson, Varian.  Playing the Cards You're Dealt.  K 8/15/21, BL 9/15/21, PW 9/20/21

Jones, Brendan.  Whispering Alaska.  BL 11/1-15/21

Jones, Dann SaSu Web.  Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories.  K 8/15/21

Kashiwaba, Sachiko,  Temple Alley Summer.  K 5/1/21, BL 7/21

Katz, Alan.  S.O.S.: Society of Substitutes: The Great Escape.  SLJ 12/20

Kaufman, Amie.  The World Between Blinks.  SLJ 11/20

Kelly, Erin Entrada.  Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey.  SLJ 4/21, HB 5-6/21

Kelly, Erin Entrada.  Those Kids from Fawn Creek.  BL 3/15/22

Kemp, Laekan Zea. Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet. PW 2/22/21

Kenny, Padraig.  The Monsters of Rookhaven.  BL 9/1/21

Kessler, Liz.  When the World Was Ours.  BL 5/15/21

Khan, Hena.  Anima's Song.  BL 12/15/20, SLJ 3/21

Khan, Sabina.  Zara Hossain Is Here.  BL 4/1/21

Khor, Shing Yin.  The Legend of Auntie Po.  K 5/1/21, HB 7-8/21

Kiernan, Celine.  The Promise Witch.  K 5/1/21

Kim, Graci.  The Last Fallen Star.  PW 4/5/21, BL 4/15/21

Kinew, Wab.  Walking in Two Worlds.  BL 10/15/21

King, SJ. The Secret Explorers and the Missing Scientist. SLJ 8/1

King, Thomas. Borders. PW 8/9/21, K 9/1/21, BL 10/15/21, HB 11-12/21

Knetzger, Laura. Bug Boys: Outside and Beyond.  BL 1/1-15/21

Koman, Gordon.  Unplugged.  BL 12/1/20

Korman, Gordon.  Linked.  BL 4/15/21

Kramer, J. Kasper.  The List of Unspeakable Fears.  BL 5/15/21, PW 7/12/21

Kraus, Daniel.  They Stole Our Hearts.  K 8/15/21

Kuhlmann, Torben. Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time.  K 7/1/21

Kuzki, Shaw.  Soul Lanterns.  K 1/15/21

Lai, Remy.  Pawcasso.  BL 6/1-15/21

Lane, Kathleen.  Pity Party.  SLJ 11/20, HB 1-2/21

Lang, Heidi.  Infestation.  K 8/15/21

Lapinski, L.D.  The Edge of the Ocean.  K 7/15/21

Lapinski, L.D.  Strangeworlds Travel Agency.  K 3/15/21, PW 4/5/21

LaRochelle, David.  See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat.  K 8/15/21

LaRocca, Rajani.  Much Ado About Baseball.  K 4/15/21

LaRocca, Rajani.  Red, White, and Whole.  BL 1/1-15/21

Larson, Hope.  Salt Magic.  BL 10/15/21, HB 11-12/21

La Sala, Ryan. Be Dazzled. PW 11/9/2020

Le, Loan.  A Pho Love Story.  BL 2/1/21

Lee, Lori.  Pahua and the Soul Stealer.  SLJ 8/21

Lee, Mackenzi.  The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks.  BL 12/15/21

Lee, Stacey. Luck of the Titanic. PW 4/5/21, BL 5/15/21

Lee, Victoria.  A Lesson in Vengeance.  BL 6/1-15/21, PW 6/7/21

Lesperance, Nicole.  The Nightmare Thief.  BL 12/1/20

Levenseller, Tricia.  Blade of Secrets.  BL 4/15/21

Levithan, David. The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as Told to His Brother). PW 1/4/21, BL 3/1/20

Levy, Joanne.  Sorry for Your Loss.  K 9/15/21

Lewis, Jessica. Bad Witch Burning. PW 6/21/21, BL 8/21

Lim, Elizabeth. Six Crimson Cranes. PW 5/24/21

Liniers.  Wildflowers.  K 4/15/21, Wildflowers HB 7-8/21

Littler, Jamie.  Rise of the World Eater.  K 10/15/21

Lloyd, Megan Wagner.  Allergic.  K 1/15/21

Lo, Malinda.  Last Night at the Telegraph Club.  BL 11/1/20, HB 3-4/21

Locke, Katherine & Nicole Melleby.  This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us.  BL 9/15/21, K 9/15/21

Longoria, Margarita, ed.  Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America.  BL 8/21

Lord, Cynthia.  Ivy Lost and Found.  BL 9/1/21

Lucas, Chad.  Thanks a Lot, Universe.  K 4/15/21,  SLJ 4/21

Lukens, F.T.  In Deeper Waters.  BL 5/1/21

Lukoff, Kyle.  Too Bright To See.  K3/1/21, PW 3/8/21, BL 4/1/21, BCCB 5/21

Lyga, Barry. Time Will Tell. PW 7/12/21

Madan, Vikram. Let's Make a Cake! BCCB 9/21

Mbalia, Kwame.  Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood.  SLJ 8/21

Mafi, Tahereh.  An Emotion of Great Delight.  BL 4/1/21

Mahoney, Rebecca.  The Valley and the Flood.  BL 11/1/20

Makechnie, Amy.  Ten Thousand Tries.  K 6/1/21, BL 6/1-15/21

Mandanna, Sangu.  Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom.  SLJ 7/21

Marks, Janae.  A Soft Place to Land.  BL 9/1/21

Marr, Shirley.  A Glasshouse of Stars.  BL 4/15/21

Matsumoto, Naoya.  Kaiju No. 8, v. 1.  BL 11/1-15/21

Mbalia, Kwame. Last Gate of the Emperor. PW 3/22/21

Mbalia, Kwame.  Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood.  K 6/15/21, BL 7/21

McBride, Amber.  Me (Moth).  BL 7/21

McCullough, Joy.  We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire.  PW 1/4/21, BL 2/1/21

McDunn, Gillian. These Unlucky Stars. PW 1/25/21

McGee, Joe.  The Haunted Mustache.  SLJ 7/21

McGrane, Madeline.  The Accursed Vampire.  SLJ 5/21

McKay, Hilary.  The Swallows' Flight.  K 9/1/21, HB 11-12/21

McLemore, Anna-Marie. The Mirror Season. PW 1/25/21, BL 4/15/21

McManus, Karen.  You'll Be the Death of Me.  BL 9/1/21

McNicoll, Elle.  A Kind of Spark.  SLJ 9/21

Meade, Suzanne.  A Terrible Tide: A Story of the Newfoundland Tsunami of 1929.  K 8/1/21

Medina,  Juana.  Juana y Lucas: Muchos Changes.  BL 8/21

Medina, Meg.  Merci Suarez Can't Dance.  BL 2/15/21, K 2/1/21, PW 3/1/21, HB 5-6/21

Melleby, Nicole. How to Become a Planet. PW 3/1/21, SLJ 5/21

Messner, Kate.  Fergus and Zeke and The 100th Day of School.  K 10/15/21

Miki, Slavia.  Peggy's Impossible Tale.  K 9/1/21

Milano, Birdie.  Boy Meets Ghoul: Half Term and Other Horrors.  K 10/15/20

Miles, Shanna. For All Time. BCCB 7-8/21

Milford, Kate.   The Raconteur's Commonplace Book.  K 12/15/20

Milgrim, David.  See Bip Grow!  SLJ 7/21

Miller, Jessica.  The Republic of Birds.  BL 4/15/21, BCCB 4/21

Mills, Claudia. The Lost Language. BCCB 9/21

Moldavsky, Goldy. The Mary Shelley Club. PW 2/22/21

Moon, Sarah. Middletown. PW 2/22/21

Moore, Bryce.  The Perfect Place to Die.  BL 5/1/21

Moreno, Nina.  Our Way Back to Always.  BL 9/15/21

Moriarty, Jaclyn.  The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst.  BL 2/15/21, SLJ 1/21

Morris, Brittney. The Cost of Knowing. PW 2/22/21

Morrow, Bethany C.  A Chorus Rises.  BL 6/1-15/21

Morrow, Bethany C.  So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix.  BL 7/21

Mott, Jody Lee.  Hush-a-Bye.  SLJ 8/21

Munda, Rosaria. Flamefall.  BL 3/1/20

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert.  Da Vinci's Cat.  K 4//1/21, BL 4/15/21

Murray, Duane.   Better Place.  SLJ 8/21

Newbould, Cassandra.  Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories about Living Fabulously Fat.  BL 5/1/21

Nguyen, Trang.  Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear.  K 8/15/21, SLJ 9/21

Niimura, Ken.  Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy.  BL 11/1-15/21

North, Phoebe.  Strange Creatures.  BL 5/15/21

Nunn, Malla.  Sugar Town Queens.  BL 9/15/21

O'Donoghue, Caroline.  All Our Hidden Gifts.  BL 4/1/21

Oh, Ellen.  Finding Junie Kim.  SLJ 5/21

Ormsbee, Kathryn.  Candidly Cline.  PW 9/27/21, K 10/1/21

Oshiro, Mark. Insiders. PW 7/19/21

Ostertag, Molly Knox. The Girl From the Sea. PW 4/29/21

Owen, Margaret.  Little Thieves.  BL 8/21, PW 9/20/21

Paasewe-Valchev, Mayonn.  The Leopard Behind the Moon.  K 8/1/21

Palacio, R.J. Pony.  BL 9/1/21

Park, Linda Sue. The One Thing You'd Save. PW 1/25/21, K 2/1/21, BCCB 3/21, HB 5-6/21

Parks, Amy Noelle.  Summer of Brave.  K 1/1/21, SLJ 3/21

Pamment, Jason.  Treasure in the Lake.  K 8/1/21

Patel, Sajni.  The Knockout.  BL 11/1/20

Patrick, Cat. Paper Heart. BCCB 4/21

Parr, Maria.  Lena, the Sea, and Me.  SLJ 8/21

Paulsen, Bree. Garlic and the Vampire. BCCB 7-8/21, HB 11-12/21

Pennypacker, Sara.  Pax, Journey Home.  K 7/15/21, HB 9-10/21

Petro-Roy, Jen.  Life in the Balance.  SLJ 1/21

Petty, Kate Reed.  The Leak.  BL 2/1/21

Pico, Thom. Aster and the Mixed-Up Magic. BCCB 3/21

Pilkey, Dav.  Cat Kid Comic Club.  SLJ 3/21

Pineiro, Victor.  Time Villians.  K 6/1/21

Polonsky, Ami.  Spin With Me.  SLJ 11/20

Poulin, Andree.  Burying the Moon.  BL 10/1/21

Polydoros, Aden. The City Beautiful. PW 8/9/21, BL 9/15/21

Pullman, Philip.  The Golden Compass - 25th Anniversary Edition.  K 5/15/21

Quigley, Dawn.  Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-To-Be Best Friend.  K 3/1/21, PW 3/22/21, SLJ 5/21, HB 7-8/21

Rauf, Onjali.  The Star Outside My Window.  K 11/20

Reintgen, Scott.  Breaking Badlands. K 9/1/21, SLJ 9/21

Respicio, Mae.  How to Win a Slime War.  SLJ 9/21

Reynolds, Jason.  Stuntboy, In the Meantime.  K 9/15/21, PW 10/11/21, BL 10/15/21

Reynolds, Justin A.  Miles Morales: Shock Waves.  K 5/1/21

Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola.  It Doesn't Take a Genius.  K 4/1/21

Riddiough,  Lisa Frenkel.  Elvis and The World As It Stands.  K 7/1/21

Riordan, Rick.  Daughter of the Deep.  K 10/1/21

Rissi, Anica Mrose.  Hide and Don't Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories.  SLJ 8/21

Riordan, Rick. The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes. PW 7/12/21

Richey, Ellinor.  Junkwraith.  BL 11/1-15/21

Rishi, Farah Nah.  It All Comes Back to You.  BL 9/15/21

Rivera, Kaela.  Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls.  BL 2/15/21, K 3/1/21

Robertson, David.  The Great Bear. K 8/1/21

Rosoff, Meg.  The Great Godden.  BL 2/15/21, BCCB 4/21

Royce, Eden.  Root Magic.  K 11/1/20, BL 1/1-15/21

Ruzzier, Sergio.  Fish and Sun. PW 3/22/21, K 5/1/21, SLJ 7/21, HB 9-10/21

Sabatinelli, Elisa.  The Secret of the Magic Pearl.  K 7/15/21, BL 11/1-15/21

Saenz, Benjamin Alire.  Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World.  BL 9/15/21

Sakai, Stan & Julie Fujii Sakaii.  Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie-Chibis.  BL 5/15/21

Salvatore, Steven.  Can't Take That Away.  BL 2/15/21

Sambury, Liselle. Blood Like Magic. PW 4/29/21, BL 6/1-15/21

Sanchez, Jasper.  The (Un)Popular Vote.  BL 6/1-15/21

Sands, Kevin. Children of the Fox. PW 9/6/21

Sandstorm, Brita.  Hollow Chest.  BL 4/15/21

Santana, Sol.  Just Ash.  BL 10/15/21

Sass, A.J.  Ellen outside the Lines.  BL 3/15/22

Savaryn, Lorelai.  The Edge of In Between.  BL 3/15/22

Schlitz, Laura Amy. Amber & Clay. PW 2/1/21, BL 3/1/20, K 1/1/21, HB 3-4/21

Schmidt, Gary D.  Just Like That.  K 10/15/20, SLJ 11/20

Schneider, Robyn. The Other Merlin. PW 7/19/21

Schrefer, Eliot.  The Darkness outside Us.  BL 5/1/21

Sekaran, Shanthi.  The Samosa Rebellion.  K 8/15/21, BL 10/1/21

Selznick, Brian.  Kaleidoscope.  BL 8/21, K 8/15/21

Sharpe, Tess.  The Girls I've Been.  BL 12/1/20

Shen, E.L. The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel.  K 12/1/20

Siddiqui, Maleeha.  Barakah Beats.  BL 10/1/21

Sie, James.  All Kinds of Other.  BL 5/15/21

Simon, Raphael.  The Anti-Book. SLJ 4/21

Simonette, Andrew. A Night Twice As Long. BCCB 6/21

Sloan, Holly Goldberg.  The Elephant in the Room.  SLJ 3/21

Smith, Cynthia L.  Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids.  PW 12/21/20, BL 2/1/21, K 12/15/20

Smith, Cynthia Leitich.  Sisters of the Neversea.  BL 4/15/21, PW 4/29/21, K 5/1/21, SLJ 7/21

Smith, Jeff.  Tuki: Fight for Fire.  BL 11/1-15/21

Smith, Niki. The Golden Hour. PW 8/23/21, K 9/15/21

Smith, Tobly.  Act Cool.  BL 10/1/21

Song, Mika.  Apple of My Pie.  K 5/15/21

Spinelli, Jerry.  Dead Wednesday.  BL 7/21

Sorosiak, Carlie.  Leonard (My Life as a Cat).  BL 3/1/20

Soundar, Chitra. Sona Sharma, Very Best Big Sister? BCCB 7-8/21

Spiegelman, Nadja. Blancaflor, the Hero With Secret Powers. HB 11-12/21

Spinelli, Jerry. Dead Wednesday. BCCB 7-8/21

Springstubb, Tricia.  The Most Perfect Thing in the Universe. PW 4/29/21, K 5/1/21

Stamper, Phil.  As Long As You'll Take Me.  BL 12/1/20

Stanley, Diane.  Second Sleep.  K 10/1/21, PW 10/11/21, BL 11/1-15/21

Stark, Ulf.  Can You Whistle, Johanna?  K 2/15/21

Steiger, A.J.  Cathedral of Bones. SLJ 2/21

Steinkellner,  Emma.  The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow. SLJ 7/21

Stewart, Martin. The Wild Huntsboys. PW 2/8/21

Stoeve, Ray.  Between Perfect and Real.  BL 3/1/20

Stone, Nic. Fast Pitch. PW 6/21/21, K 7/1/21

Stork, Francisco X.  On the Hook.  BL 4/1/21

Stowell, Louie.  The Dragon in the Library.  K 12/15/20

Strange, Lucy.  The Ghost of Midnight Lake.  K 8/15/21

Stroud, Jonathan. The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne. BCCB 9/21,  K 9/1/21, PW 9/20/21

Sullivan, Tara.  Treasure of the World.  K 12/15/20

Summers, Courtney.  The Project.  BL 12/15/20

Sumner, Jamie.  One Kid's Trash.  K 7/1/21

Swender, Jennifer. Stuck. PW 10/4/21

Szabo, Rose. What Big Teeth!  BCCB 1/21

Tamaki, Mariko. I am Not Starfire. BCCB 9/21

Tan, June CL. Jade Fire Gold. PW 9/20/21

Tharp, Jason.  Bunny Will Not Jump!  SLJ 3/21

Theule, Larissa.   Kafka and the Doll.  BL 2/1/21

Thomas, Aiden.  Lost in the Never Woods.  BL 2/1/21

Thomas, Angie.  Concrete Rose.  BL 1/1-15/21, HB 3-4/21

Thomas, Peyton.  Both Sides Now.  BL 8/21

Thomas, Shelley Moore. The Last Rabbit. PW 1/4/21

Thornhill, Samantha.  The Protest.  K 12/1/20

Timberlake, Amy.  Egg Marks the Spot.  K 8/1/21, BL 9/1/21

Trebincevic, Kenan.  World in Between: Based on a True Story.  BL 7/21

Tsurumi, Andrea.  I'm On It!  K 4/15/21

Turk, Mariko. The Other Side of Perfect. BCCB 5/21

Ursu, Anne.  The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy.  K 8/15/21

Uss, Christina. Erik vs. Everything. PW 6/21/21, BL 7/21

Vaeluaga Smith, Pauline.  Dawn Raid.  K 1/15/21

Valenti, Karla Arenas.  Loteria.  SLJ 8/21, PW 8/2/21, HB 11-12/21

van Eekhout, Greg. Weird Kid. PW 5/31/21

Vandorn,  Kaeti.  Monster Friends.  PW 4/29/21, K 5/1/21, SLJ 7/21

Varela, Alessandra Narvaez.  Thirty Talks Weird Love.  BL 1/1-15/21

Venkatraman, Padma.  Born Behind Bars.  K 7/15/21, BL 9/1/21

Verstegen, Jeska.  I'll Keep You Close.  K 8/1/21

Villa, Jonny Garza.  Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun.  BL 7/21

Villanueva, Gail D.  Sugar and Spite.  K 3/15/21

Villoro, Juan.  The Wild Book.  BL 7/21

Vincent, Rachel.  Every Single Lie.  BL 12/1/20

Vrabel, Beth.  To Tell You the Truth.  K 5/1/21

Wang, Andrea.  The Many Meanings of Meilan.  SLJ 8/21

Walker, Angharad. The Ash House. BCCB 2/21

Walker, Landry Q. Pepper Page Saves the Universe!  BCCB 1/21

Waldo, Steph.  Shell Quest.  K 5/15/21

Wang, Andrea.  The Many Meanings of Meilan.  BL 8/21

Watson, Renee.  Love is a Revolution.  BL 12/1/20, HB 3-4/21

Watson, Renee.  Ways to Grow Love.  BL 2/15/21, K 4/1/21, SLJ 4/21

Weetman, Nova.  It All Begins with Jelly Beans.  BL 5/15/21

Weinberg, Steven. The Middle Kid. PW 2/1/21

Wendig, Chuck.  Dust & Grim.  BL 8/21, K 8/15/21, BCCB 11/21

Williams, Rhiannon.  Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt.  K 1/1/21

Williams-Garcia, Rita.  A Sitting in St. James.  BL 3/1/20, HB 5-6/21

Woltz, Anna.  Talking to Alaska.  BL 2/15/21

Wyatt, Merrill.  Tangled Up In Luck.  K 10/1/21

Yang, Kelly.  Room to Dream.  K 8/15/21, BL 9/1/21

Yanish, Brian.  Sleepaway Champs.  K 5/1/21

Ying, Victoria.  City of Illusion.  K 6/1/21

Yoon, Nicola.  Instructions for Dancing.  PW 4/19/21, BL 5/1/21

Yoshino, Genzaburo.  How Do You Live?  K 7/1/21, PW 9/20/21

Young, Brian. Healer of the Water Monster. PW 3/8/21, K 4/15/21

Youngblood, Leslie C.  Forever This Summer.  K 6/1/21, SLJ 5/21, PW 5/31/21

Zabarsky, Jessi. Coming Back. PW 10/18/21

Zentner, Jeff. In the Wild Light. PW 6/21/21, BL 8/21

Zhao, Kati.  Last Gamer Standing.  K 8/15/21

Zurcher, Andrew.  Twelve Nights.  BL 11/1/20

 

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.