Mock Newbery Awards

AB Mock Newbery Award Winners, 2020

The Winner: 

New Kid, by Jerry Craft

Honor Books (in winning order):

  1.  Maybe He Just Likes You, Barbara Dee
  2.  White Bird, R. J. Palacio
  3.   Words on Fire,  Jennifer Nielsen 
  4.  The Bridge Home, Padma Venkatraman
  5.  The Okay Witch, Emma Steinkellner


Congratulations to all our Mock Newbery student readers.  We had 19 schools participate this year and students read over 3,000 books!  Thank you to the educators, staff, and volunteers at our participating schools.




Every September, we create a list of the 25 books as candidates for the Newbery Award, the highest honor in American literature for young people.

We use our knowledge of the books and that of all the many educators, publishers, authors, and reviewers to develop our annual list. The Mock Newbery List of 2020 will be the program’s 25th year.