Newbery Hopefuls

One More Week to Go!

Are you perched on the edge of your chair in anticipation? Are you reading lots of children’s book blogs? I am, because on January 11, 2016, we will learn the winners of the 2016 Youth Media Awards. For those of you who don’t live in the world of children’s literature, those awards include the Caldecott and Newbery Medals and are A BIG, BIG DEAL! Groups across the country are hosting mock elections to choose the books they hope will win awards, and critics and bloggers are weighing in with their opinions.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the titles that are getting lots of attention as possible Newbery contenders. For an explanation of the Newbery criteria, click here: Newbery terms.

These first five Newbery hopefuls were suggested by Elizabeth Bird, who writes a blog for School Library Journal. She discussed these titles on her blog, Fuse #8.

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Garcia-Williams


Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead


A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Other titles that have been suggested by bloggers include:

Whatever the Newbery Committee selects next week as the “most distinguished contribution to children’s literature”, these are all great choices for you and your kids!