Summer is a great time to explore titles that might win the 2016 Newbery. I've included links to posts by Jonathan Hunt and Elizabeth Bird:
Jonathan Hunt's blog, Heavy Medal, tries to predict the Newbery (and Caldecott ) winners each year. Here's his 2016 Newbery Watchlist published at the end of January 2015:
Blogger Elizabeth Bird's Spring Prediction Edition includes some of the same titles that were mentioned by Jonathan Hunt. Scroll past the Caldecott predictions to get to the Newbery predictions. The Summer Prediction Edition should be available soon.