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Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog
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It’s way more fun when you have a non-fiction title or two to discuss at the Mock Newbery.  Because remember, non-fiction is, of course, eligible for the award.  Last year’s winner, in fact, was non-fiction.  

What about this year?  Non-fiction thoughts or frontrunners?

I talked about Knucklehead in my last post about funny titles and humor in the Newbery.  We’ve had several suggestions for The Trouble Begins at Eight, Sid Fleischman’s Mark Twain biography as well as Kadir Nelson’s We are the Ship which seems to have potential for several awards.  (I should note that he is one of my favorite illustrators, but that is not a factor in the Newbery.)

What are we missing?  

We’ll be posting the first part of our short list very soon….  but we still have a whole second half of our short list to figure out!

Sharon McKellar About Sharon McKellar

Sharon McKellar is the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library in California. She has served on the Rainbow List Committee, the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee, and the 2015 Caldecott Committee. You can reach her at


  1. Monica Edinger says:

    Candace Fleming’s The Lincolns.

  2. I’d really like to see some Newbery winners/honors for nonfiction books that aren’t of the historical/biographical type. There was a book about art that received an honor way back (I haven’t read it, so I don’t know what it was like), but I think that was the only one. I’d like to see some science, art, math, engineering, etc. (Not that I know what’s out there for this year, since when it comes down to it–well–I really prefer fiction.)

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