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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

Albertalli, Becky.  Imogen, Obviously.  BL 4/15/23

Alkaf, Hanna.  Hamra and the Jungle of Memories.  SLJ 4/23

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

Anderson, M.T., Elf Dog and Owl Head.  K 2/1/23, PW 2/20/23

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

Applegate, Katherine.  The One and Only Ruby.  BL 4/15/23

Ashwin, Kate. The Lizard Prince and Other South American Stories.  K 3/15/23

Avila, Lorraine. The Making of Yolanda La Bruja. PW 2/13/23, BL 4/15/23

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

Bakewell, Catherine. Flowerheart. PW 1/16/23

Bailey, Jenn.  Henry, Lite Always.  K 1/1/23, HB 3-4/23

Baldwin, Cindy.  No Matter the Distance.  BL 2/15/23

Becotte, Jonathan.  Like a Hurricane.  SLJ 2/23

Benton-Walker, Terry J. Blood Debts. PW 2/27/23

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, BCCB 1/23

Bowles, David & Guadalupe Garcia McCall.  Secret of the Moon Conch.  BL 5/15/23

Brooks, Nick. Promise Boys. PW 12/5/22, BL 1/1-15/23

Brown, Don.  83 Days in Mariupol: A War Diary.  BL 4/15/23

Bruzas, Alena.  Ever Since.  BL 5/15/23

Bryant, Elise. Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling. PW 12/19/22, BCCB 1/23

Buitrago, Jairo.  Afterward, Everything was Different: A Tale of the Pleistocene.  BL 5/1/23

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

Bury, Katryn.  Drew Leclair Crushes the Case.  K 5/1/23

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

Capps, Heather Murphy.  Indigo and Ida.  BL 2/15/23

Ceron, Ella.  Viva Lola Express.  4/1/23

Chadda, Sarwat.  Fury of the Dragon Goddess.  K 5/15/23

Chambers, Veronica.  Flora La Fresca & the Art of Friendship.  K 5/15/23

Chantler, Scott.  Squire & Knight.  BL 5/15/23

Clayton, Dhonielle.  The Beauty Trials.  BL 1/1-15/23

Clina-Ransome, Lesa.  For Lamb.  BL 1/1-15/23, HB 3-4/23

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

Correira, Tony.  One Summer in Vancouver.  BL 5/15/23

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

Costa, Mari. Belle of the Ball. PW 1/16/23

Cottingham, Kayla. This Delicious Death. PW 2/20/23

Cotugno, Katie.  Liar's Beach.  4/1/23

Couch, Robbie.  If I See You Again Tomorrow. PW 3/6/23, 4/1/23

Craft, Jerry.  School Trip.  K 2/1/23, SLJ 2/23, PW 3/6/23

Dairman, Tara.  The Girl from Earth's End.  SLJ 2/23, PW 2/6/23

David, Arihhonni. Who Will Win? HB 3-4/23

Davies, Jacqueline.  The International House of Dereliction.  K 5/1/23

Day, Christine.  We Still Belong.  K 6/1/23

Derrick, Alyson.  Forget Me Not.  BL 3/15/23

Dimaline, Cherie. Funeral Songs for Dying Girls. BCCB 3/23

Dimopoulos, Elaine.  The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow.  PW 3/20/23, K 4/1/23, BL 4/15/23

Doyle, Arthur Conan.  Sherlock Holmes: The Final Problem.  BL 2/15/23

Eggers, Dave.  The Eyes and the Impossible.  BL 2/15/23, PW 3/13/23

Elliott, L.M. Bea and the New Deal Horse. PW 1/16/23

Emberley, Michael.  Let's Go!  K 11/15/22, HB 1-2/23

Engle, Margarita. Wings in the Wild. PW 2/6/23

Estrela, Joana.  Pardalita.  BL 2/1/23, PW 2/13/23

Everett, Sarah.  The Probability of Everything.  K 6/1/23

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

Fay, Carla.  Ravensong.  BL 3/1/23

Ferraro, David.  The Alchemy of Moonlight.  BL 5/1/23

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

Forrest, Claire. Where You See Yourself. PW 3/6/23

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

Geron, Eric.  A Tale of Two Princes.  BL 1/1-15/23

Gibney, Shannon.  The Girl I Am, Was, and Never Will Be: A Speculative Memoir of Transracial Adoption.  BL 2/15/23

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

Glasheen, Kate.  Constellations.  PW 3/13/23, BL 4/15/23

Goldstyn, Jacques.  The Stars.  BL 3/1/23

Goo, Maurene. Throwback. PW 3/6/23

Gow, Robin.  Dear Mothman.  SLJ 2/23, 4/1/23

Grant, Shauna J., Mimi and the Boo-Hoo Blahs.  SLJ 4/23

Gratz, Alan.  Captain America: The Ghost Army.  BL 2/1/23

Green, Simon James.  Gay Club!  BL 5/15/23

Hale, Nathan.  The Mighty Bite.  BL 4/15/23

Hardinge, Frances. Unraveller. BCCB 1/23

Hardy, Fiona.  How to Make a Movie in 12 Days.  K 2/1/23

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

Harrold, A.F.  The Worlds We Leave Behind.  SLJ 1/23, BL 2/15/23

Hendrix, M.  The Chaperone.  BL 5/1/23

Hibbert, Talia.  Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute.  BL 1/1-15/23

Hickey, Caroline.  Ginny Off the Map.  K 4/15/23

Hobson, Brandon.  The Storyteller. K 3/15/23, SLJ 5/23

Horwitz, Sarah Jean.  The Demon Sword Asperides.  K 6/1/23, BL 5/15/23

Huntoon, Caroline.  Skating on Mars.  4/1/23

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

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

Jarvis.  Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other Stories.  BL 5/1/23

Johnson, Kim.  Invisible Son.  BL 5/15/23

Johnson, Leah.  Ellie Engle Saves Herself.  BL 2/15/23, PW 3/20/23, K 4/1/23

Jonsberg, Barry. Catch Me If I Fall. PW 1/30/23

June, Jason.  Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball.  BL 5/15/23

Kapit, Sarah.  Second Chance Summer.  K 4/1/23

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

Kim, Graci.  The Last Fallen Realm.  K 4/15/23

Klassen, Jon.  The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale.  K 5/1/23

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

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

Kronzer, Nicole.  The Roof over Our Heads.  BL 1/1-15/23

Krosoczka, Jarrett. J. Sunshine. PW 2/6/23

Kuyatt, Meg Eden.  Good Different.  PW 2/20/23, BL 3/15/23

Lam, Michelle. Meesh the Bad Demon. PW 1/16/23, SLJ 2/23

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

Langley, Kaija.  The Order of Things.  K 4/15/23

LaRochelle, David.  See the Ghost: Three Stories About Things You Cannot See.  K 5/1/23, BL 5/1/23

Lasky, Kathryn.  The Secret of Glendunny: The Searchers.  K 4/1/23

Leali, Michael.  Matteo.  BL 4/15/23

Leavitt, Martine. Buffalo Flats. PW 2/6/23, 4/1/23

Lee, Deb JJ.  In Limbo.  BL 2/1/23

Lee, Julie.  In the Tunnel.  K 3/15/23, BL 5/15/23

Leno, Katrina.  The Umbrella Maker's Son.  BL 4/15/23

Lerner, Jarrett. A Work in Progress. PW 3/20/23

Lerner, Jarrett. Nat the Cat Takes a Bath.  SLJ 5/23

Li, Christina.  Ruby Lost and Found.  BL 3/15/23, K 4/1/23

Liang, Ann.  This Time It's Real.  BL 2/15/23

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

Lloyd, Megan Wagner.  Squished.  K 2/1/23, BL 3/15/23

Lockington, Mraiama J. Forever is Now.  PW 3/13/23

Lowry, Lois.  The Windeby Puzzle.  SLJ 3/23

Lyu, Sarah. I Will Find You Again. PW 1/16/23

Magoon, Kekla.  The Minus-One Club.  BL 1/1-15/23

Marquis, Krystal.  The Davenports.  BL 3/15/23

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

Maunakea, Malia.  Lei and the Fire Goddess.  K 4/1/23

Matson, Morgan.  The Firefly Summer. K 3/1/23, PW 3/20/23, BL 5/15/23

McBride, Amber.  We Are All So Good at Smiling. BCCB 12/22, BL 1/1-15/23

McCauley, Kyrie.  All the Dead Lie Down.  BL 4/15/23

McCullough, Joy.  Code Red.  K 4/15/23

McCullough, Joy.  Enter the Body.  BL 3/1/23, BCCB 3/23, HB 3-4/23

McDunn, Gillian.  When Sea Becomes Sky.  BL 1/1-15/23, BCCB 2/23

McLemore, Anna-Marie & Elliott McLemore.  Venom & Vow.  BL 4/15/23

Meade, Lily.  The Shadow Sister.  BL 5/1/23

Medina, Juana. Elena Rides. SLJ  1/23, PW 1/16/23

Mendez, Jasmine.  Aniana Del Mar Jumps In.  K 1/15/23, PW 1/30/23, SLJ 3/23, BCCB 3/23

Miller, S.J.  Mage and the Endless Unknown.  BL 5/15/23

Mitsuboshi, Tama.  Call the Name of the Night, v.1.  BL 4/15/23

Mitchell, Jane.  Run for Your Life.  SLJ 2/23

Mora, Maria Ingrande.  The Immeasurable Depth of You.  BL 3/15/23

Moulton, Deke.  Don't Want to be Your Monster.  K 6/1/23

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, PW 1/30/23, BL 2/15/23, SLJ 4/23

Nazemian, Abdi.  Only This Beautiful Moment.  BL 5/1/23

Neil,  Haley.  Planning Perfect.  BL 2/15/23

Ness, Patrick. Different for Boys. PW 1/30/23, BCCB 3/23

Newman, Leslea.  The Babka Sisters.  BL 4/15/23

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

Novoa, Gabe Cole. The Wicked Bargain. PW 12/12/22, BL 2/15/23

Oh, Ellen.  You Are Here: Connecting Flights.  BL 12/1-15/22, K 1/15/23, SLJ 4/23

Okogwu, Tola.  Onyeka and the Rise of the Rebels. K 4/1/23

O'Neill, K.  The Moth Keeper.  K 1/1/23, BL 2/1/23

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

Oshiro, Mark. Into the Light. PW 1/16/23, BL 3/1/23

Owens, Margaret.  Painted Devils.  BL 5/1/23

Peppins, Brianna. As Long As We're Together. PW 3/6/23

Perkins, Mitali.  Hope in the Valley.  K 5/1/23

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

Polonsky, Ami.  World Made of Glass. K 10/15/22, HB 3-4/23

Quin, Tegan & Sara Quin.  Tegan and Sara: Junior High.  SLJ 5/23

Radley, B.L. Strictly No Heroics. PW 1/16/23

Ramm, Meggie.  Batcat.  SLJ 3/23

Ransom, Candice. Graduation Day!  SLJ 4/23

Reintgen, Scott. A Door in the Dark. PW 1/30/23

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

Rex, Adam.  The Story of Gumluck the Wizard.  BL 5/1/23

Riazi,Karuna.  A Bit of Earth. SLJ 3/23

Riordan, Rjick & Mark Oshiro.  The Sun and the Star: A Nico di Angelo Adventure.  SLJ 5/23, K 5/15/23, BL 5/15/23

Rissi, Anica Mrose.  Wishing Season.  K 5/15/23

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

Rosen, L.C. Lion's Legacy.  4/1/23

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

Rubin, Adam. The Human Kaboom. BCCB 1/23

Rudd, Maggie C.  How to Stay Invisible. K 4/1/23

Salazar, Aida & Yamile Saied. Calling the Moon: 16 Period Stories From BIPOC Authors.  K 1/15/23, PW 1/16/23, BL 1/1-15/23

Saleh, Haya.  Wild Poppies.  BL 5/15/23

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

Salmon, Caspar.  How to Count to One (And Don't Even Think About Bigger Numbers).  K 5/1/23

Santat, Dan.  A First Time for Everything.  K 12/15/22, PW 1/9/23, BL 2/1/23

Santiago, Elizabeth.  The Moonlit Vine.  BL 5/15/23

Sax, Sarah.  Picture Day.  K 4/15/23

Schmidt, Gary.  The Labors of Hercules Beal.  SLJ 2/23, K 3/15/23, 4/1/23

Sekaran, Shanti.  Boomi's Boombox.  BL 5/1/23

Selznick, Brian.  Big Tree.  BL 1/1-15/23, PW 2/20/23, BCCB 3/23

Sharpe, Tess.  6 Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did).  BL 1/1-15/23

Shawl, Nisi. Speculation.  K 1/15/23

Sheron, Jess. The Sea in You. BCCB 2/23

Shukairy, Ream.  The Next New Syrian Girl.  BL 3/1/23

Shusterman, Neal & Eric Elfman.  I Am the Walrus.  BL 2/15/23

Silverston, Anthony & Raffaella Delle Donne.  Pearl of the Sea.  BL 2/1/23

Skinnerf, Nicola.  Starboard.  K 4/15/23

Smith, Brian "Smitty."  Officer Clawsome: Lobster Cop.  BL 2/1/23

Smith, Cynhia Leitich. Harvest House. PW 2/13/23

St. Jude, Jen. If Tomorrow Doesn't Come. PW 3/6/23

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

Strong, Karen. Cool. Awkward. Black. BCCB 1/23

Stroud, Jonathan.  The Notorious Scarlett and Browne.  K 2/15/23

Sugiura, Misa.  Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind.  BL 1/1-15/23

Swinarski, Claire.  What Happened to Rachel Riley?  BL 1/1-15/23

Tan, Susan.  Ghosts, Toast, And Other Hazards.  K 2/15/23, PW 2/27/23, HB 3-4/23

Tang, Betty C.  Parachute Kids. K 2/15/23, SLJ 4/23, BL 4/15/23

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

Thomas, Angie.  Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy.   PW 3/6/23, BL 4/15/23

Thomas, J.E.  Control Freaks.  BL 2/15/23

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

Valdes, David.  Brighter Than the Moon.  BL 1/1-15/23

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

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

Vickers, Elaine. Half Moon Summer.  K 4/1/23, BL 5/1/23

Villa, Jonny Garza.  Ander & Santi Were Here.  BL 3/1/23

Visaggio, Magdalene.  The Ojja-Wjja.  BL 2/1/23, K 4/15/23

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

Wein, Elizabeth. Stateless. HB 3-4/23

Weinersmith, Zach.  Bea Wolf. K 12/1/22, SLJ 1/23, PW 1/16/23, BCCB 1/23, BL 2/1/23

Wilgus, Benjamin A.  Grace Needs Space!  BL 2/1/23

Wilson, Kip.  One Last Shot: The Story of Wartime Photographer Gerda Taro.  BL 1/1-15/23

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

Winans, Justine Pucella.  Blanca Torre Is Afraid of Everything.  PW 3/6/23, 4/1/23

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

Winters, Julian.  As You Walk on By.  BL 3/15/23

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

Woltz, Anna.  My Especially Weird Week with Tess.  BL 3/15/23

Wood, Jennie.  Paper Planes.  BL 4/15/23

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

Young, Brian.  Heroes of the Water Monster.  K 5/1/23

Zahler, Diane. Wild Bird. PW 1/16/23, SLJ 4/23

Zsako, Balint.  Bunny & Tree.  BL 4/15/23

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.