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LARC Mocks: 2023 Chapter Books

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

2023 Chapter Books

Allen, Charlene.Play the Game. PW 11/28/22

Applegate, Katherine.  Doggo and Pupper Search for Cozy.  SLJ 1/23

Ayoade, Richard. The Book That No One Wanted to Read.  K 1/15/23

Bailey, Jenn.  Henry, Lite Always.  K 1/1/23

Blakemore, Megan Frazer.  Princess of the Wild Sea. K 10/15/22, PW 11/28/22

Bow, Erin.  Simon Sort of Says.  K 10/15/22

Brooks, Nick. Promise Boys. PW 12/5/22

Bryant, Elise.Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling. PW 12/19/22

Burgess, Tamika.  Sincerely Sicily  K 10/15/22

Burnbaum, Molly B.  The Infinite Questions of Dottie Bing  K 10/15/22

Collier, Nicole D.  The Many Fortunes of Maya.  K 11/15/22

Cordell, Matthew. Evergreen.  K 11/15/22

Emberley, Michael.  Let's Go!  K 11/15/22

Faruqi, Saadia.  Marya Khan and the Fabulous Jasmine Garden.  SLJ 12/22

Fawcett, Heather.  The Grace of Wild Things.  K 12/1/22, PW 12/19/22

Ferry, Beth.  Stick and Stone On the Go.  K 1/15/23

Frank, Steven. B.  Global Warning.  K 1/15/23

Giles, Chrystal. Not An Easy Win. K 12/15/22, SLJ 1/23, PW 1/9/23

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood.  Julia and the Shark.  K 1/15/23

Harrold, A.F.  The Worlds We Leave Behind.  SLJ 1/23

Ibrahim, Maiya. Spice Road. PW 11/28/22

Iwai, Melissa.  Gigi and Ojiji: What's in a Name?  SLJ 11/22

Kazi, Natasha Khan. Moon's Ramadan, SLJ 12/22

Korman, Gordon.  The Superteacher Project.  BL 12/1-15/22, SLJ 1/23

Kraus, Daniel.  They Set the Fire.  K 11/1/22

Lamotte, Lily.  Chloe's Lunar New Year.  SLJ 12/22

Lincoln, Beth.  The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels.  BL 11/1-15/22, K 11/15/22, PW 12/19/22

Marsh, Katherine.  The Lost Year.  BL 12/1-15/22

Medina, Juana. Elena Rides. SLJ  1/23

Mendez, Jasmine.  Aniana Del Mar Jumps In.  K 1/15/23

Musariri, Blessing. All That it Ever Meant. PW 11/7/22

Nayeri, Daniel.  The Many Assassinations of Samir, The Seller of Dreams.  K 1/1/23

Norlund, Dina.  The Snowcat Prince.  K 1/15/23

Novoa, Gabe Cole. The Wicked Bargain. PW 12/12/22

Oh, Ellen.  You Are Here: Connecting Flights.  BL 12/1-15/22, K 1/15/23

O'Neill, K.  The Moth Keeper.  K 1/1/23

O'Shaughnessy, Kate.  Lasagna Means I Love You.  K 12/15/22, PW 1/9/23

Pilkey, Dav.  Collaborations. K 1/1/23

Polonsky, Ami.  World Made of Glass. K 10/15/22

Reyes, Megan.  Heroes of Havensong: Dragonboy.  BL 11/1-15/22

Roe, Mechal Renee.  I Am Born to Be Awesome.  SLJ 1/23

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Uni Joins the Team.  SLJ 1/23

Salazar, Aida. Calling the Moon: 16 Period Stories From BIPOC Authors.  K 1/15/23

Salerni, Dianne K.  The Carrefour Curse  K 11/15/22

Santat, Dan.  A First Time for Everything.  K 12/15/22, PW 1/9/23

Shawl, Nisi. Speculation.  K 1/15/23

Stein, David Ezra.  Beaky Barnes: Egg on the Loose: A Graphic Novel.  K 11/15/22

Strange, Lucy.  Sisters of the Lost Marsh.  K 12/1/22, PW 12/19/22

Thayer, Mike.  The Talent Thief.  K 12/1/22, PW 1/9/23

Turner, Erika. And Other Mistakes. PW 12/12/22

Underhill, Edward. Always the Almost. PW 12/5/22

Utomi, Moses Ose. Daughters of Oduma. PW 1/9/23

Varela, Nina.  Juniper Harvey and the Vanishing Kingdom.  K 11/15/22

Valley, H.S. Time Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues. PW 12/12/22

Vitalis, Jessica. The Rabbit's Gift. SLJ 1/23

Weinersmith, Zach.  Bea Wolf. K 12/1/22, SLJ 1/23

Wilson, Lakita. Last Chance Dance. PW 1/9/23

Windness, Kaz.  Worm and Caterpillar are Friends.  K 11/1/22

Winston, Sherri.  Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution. SLJ 1/23

Yang, Kelly.  Finally Seen.  BL 12/1-15/22

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.