Mock Newbery

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The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year, we have 25 candidates in our Mock Newbery program, hand picked by our expert children's literature team, that we think are the best of the best from the 2023 publication year.


Participation and Voting Information

To participate and vote in Anderson's Bookshops Mock Newbery program, we require the complete mock set or partial set (15+ books) be purchased from Anderson’s. Special discounts apply. To place your Mock Newbery order, please contact:

Naperville
Anne Waite
a.waite@andersonsbookshop.com 
(630) 355-2665

Downers Grove 
Kathleen March
kathleen.march@andersonsbookshop.com
(630) 963-2665

Voting steps:

  1. Once you've got your set, just let your kids read! They can read all the way through winter break.
  2. Voting forms will be coming to you immediately after winter break. You'll make a copy of the form and share it with your students.
  3. Once your votes are in, share the spreadsheet with the results with Lorie Barber (lorie.barber@andersonsbookshop.com). I will need your sheet no later than Thursday, January 18, 2024.
  4. Anderson's Mock Newbery winner and honors will be announced the following day, Friday, January 19!

The official Mock Newbery winner and honors will be announced Monday, January 22, 2024 at 8:00am ET during the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards.

Scroll down to our list of Mock Newbery titles!

Simon Sort of Says: Newbery Honor Award Winner By Erin Bow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368082853
Availability: In Stock
Published: Disney Hyperion - January 31st, 2023

Two Tribes By Emily Bowen Cohen, Emily Bowen Cohen (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062983589
Availability: In Stock
Published: Heartdrum - August 15th, 2023

The Eyes and the Impossible: (Newbery Medal Winner) By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781524764203
Availability: In Stock
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2023

Not an Easy Win By Chrystal D. Giles Cover Image
$17.99
Call for price
ISBN: 9780593175217
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2023

Dear Mothman: A Novel By Robin Gow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419764400
Availability: In Stock
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 21st, 2023

The Storyteller By Brandon Hobson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338797268
Availability: In Stock
Published: Scholastic Press - May 2nd, 2023

Ellie Engle Saves Herself By Leah Johnson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368085557
Availability: In Stock
Published: Disney Hyperion - May 2nd, 2023

The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536223361
Availability: In Stock
Published: Candlewick - July 11th, 2023

Good Different By Meg Eden Kuyatt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338816105
Availability: In Stock
Published: Scholastic Press - April 4th, 2023

A Work in Progress By Jarrett Lerner, Jarrett Lerner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jarrett Lerner, Jarrett Lerner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665905152
Availability: In Stock
Published: Aladdin - May 2nd, 2023

Salsa Magic By Letisha Marrero Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646142606
Availability: Out Of Stock - Can Be Ordered For You. May take extra time.
Published: Levine Querido - September 26th, 2023

The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine (National Book Award Finalist) By Katherine Marsh Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313607
Availability: In Stock
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 17th, 2023

When Sea Becomes Sky By Gillian McDunn Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547610853
Availability: In Stock
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 28th, 2023

Aniana del Mar Jumps In By Jasminne Mendez Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593531815
Availability: In Stock
Published: Dial Books - March 14th, 2023

You Are Here: Connecting Flights By Ellen Oh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063239081
Availability: Out Of Stock - Can Be Ordered For You. May take extra time.
Published: Allida - March 7th, 2023

World Made of Glass By Ami Polonsky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316462044
Availability: In Stock
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2023

The Labors of Hercules Beal By Gary D. Schmidt Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780358659631
Availability: In Stock
Published: Clarion Books - May 23rd, 2023

A Long Time Coming: A Lyrical Biography of Race in America from Ona Judge to Barack Obama By Ray Anthony Shepard, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781662680663
Availability: In Stock
Published: Calkins Creek - August 8th, 2023

What Happened to Rachel Riley? By Claire Swinarski Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063213098
Availability: Out Of Stock - Can Be Ordered For You. May take extra time.
Published: Quill Tree Books - January 10th, 2023

Parachute Kids: A Graphic Novel By Betty C. Tang, Betty C. Tang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Betty C. Tang, Betty C. Tang (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338832686
Availability: In Stock
Published: Graphix - April 4th, 2023

Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy By Angie Thomas Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063225138
Availability: In Stock
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 4th, 2023

The First Magnificent Summer By R.L. Toalson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665925495
Availability: In Stock
Published: Aladdin - May 30th, 2023

Mascot By Charles Waters, Traci Sorell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623543808
Availability: In Stock
Published: Charlesbridge - September 5th, 2023

Kin: Rooted in Hope By Carole Boston Weatherford, Jeffery Boston Weatherford (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665913621
Availability: In Stock
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 19th, 2023

Remember Us By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399545467
Availability: In Stock
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 10th, 2023