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August 3, 2020

Another Sonderbooks Stand-out from my Newbery year, it's fitting that the picture book biography of a United States poet laureate should be in poetry form. Imagine, by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, tells the story of his life in a way that will inspire readers.

I'm posting a video series for the library this summer, Mathematical Colors and Codes! The final episode, Episode Six shows codes made with Binary numbers and finishes up with booktalks. Take a look!

Happy Reading!

—Sondra Eklund

A More Christlike Way
by Bradley Jersak

A Game of Birds and Wolves
by Simon Parkin

by Juan Felipe Herrera
illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Hey, Kiddo
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Night Watchman
by Louise Erdrich

Kiss Carlo
by Adriana Trigiani
read by Edoardo Ballerini

The One and Only Bob
by Katherine Applegate
read by Danny DeVito

Harbor Me
by Jacqueline Woodson

The Gravity of Us
by Phil Stamper
narrated by Michael Crouch

The Vanishing Stair
by Maureen Johnson

by Minh Lê
illustrated by Dan Santat

In My Garden
by Charlotte Zolotow
illustrated by Philip Stead

“To give those librarians, who make it their life work to serve children's reading interests, an opportunity to encourage good writing in this field.”

—Frederic Melcher, in his agreement to establish the Newbery Medal, 1922