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Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog
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Signing off

Thanks so much for continuing to add your thoughts on this year’s winners to yesterday’s post, and your ideas for next year to the 2016 Newbery Watchlist post. I want to add to my thoughts to yesterday to say that while ethnic diversity was only one facet of the statement this year’s awards make…they make [...]

And the Winners Are….

(This post is now updated from the earlier placeholder.) People, I don’t know quite how to start on how groundbreaking today’s announcement are, in many different ways,  but I want to thank both the Newbery and Caldecott Committees in particular for making bold choices that will end up changing the way we all talk about [...]

Under Wraps

I am sitting on the shuttle bus to the convention center in a snowstorm, and on this bus are THE results of the Newbery! Committee Chair Randall Enos is on his way to deliver the results to the ALA Press Office, two seats behind me. Shortly, a few select people beyond the committee will know, [...]

90-Second Newbery Film Festival & Battle of the Kids Books

Today we are all arriving in Chicago for the ALA Midwinter Meeting, soon to listen in to the Notable Book discussions, browse the exhibits for next year’s contenders, and await the announcement of the awards on Monday morning.  We will wrap up our discussion on that final post next week, and then go into hibernation [...]

2016 Newbery Watchlist

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By this time of year, the YMAs have usually been announced and we’re signing off with some suggestions of what to read in the coming year.  So consider this an early version of that post (if you’re attending ALA make sure you grab these galleys), and then we’ll culminate with some responses to real Newbery [...]

Three Longshots?

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

I’m scanning my shelves for books we’ve not done justice to this season.  Has anyone mentioned FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE by Tim Federle, LORD AND LADY BUNNY by Polly Horvath, or THE UNSTOPPABLE OCTOBIA MAY by Sharon Flake?  Barely a mention of Freedman’s ANGEL ISLAND, Nye’s THE TURTLE OF OMAN, Yelchin’s ARCADY’S GOAL or Pinkney’s [...]

Results from the Mocks, and ALA Midwinter!

Thank you all for starting to post your mock results!  If you haven’t yet please contribute your comments here. We’ve heard from: Cincinnati and friends (BROWN GIRL DREAMING) Rhode Island Public and School Librarians (CROSSOVER) Masschussetts Library System (NIGHT GARDENER) Emerson School in Berkeley CA (read synoposes of the kids discussions at http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/) And we are in [...]

Short and Graphic?

WinterBees

We haven’t given quite as much play to “outlier” formats this year as others, with exception for EL DEAFO.  I posted briefly on Picture Books back in November (and am still wildly emphatic about IVAN; check it out if you have not yet), and Jonathan on Transitional Chapter Books in December.   Given that we’ve [...]

Online Winners!

Here are the results.  We had 67 voters, and although BROWN GIRL DREAMING had less than a quarter of those first place votes, it still has almost double the next highest book.  It’s much closer on the point spread; it’s got 31 points more than the second book, and it has 31.  It’s our clear [...]

El Deafo

ElDeafo

As Jonathan tallies up your Online Mock votes, I’d love to give some more discussion to EL DEAFO, since it didn’t make our shortlist this year but deserves more exploration. Many of you are stumping for it, Anderson’s Bookshop has it on their Mock Newbery list, and For Those About to Mock hopes it gets a fair shot. [...]