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UnknownIt’s been a privilege to co-blog with Nina these past several years at Heavy Medal.  I would like to think that we’ve elevated the conversation about the Newbery Medal on a national level, and that we have constantly pushed each other and our audience to consider what we mean by literary excellence.

This past season, we particularly explored the relationship between social, political, and cultural values and distinguished literature for children, an exploration that seemed at times to be part of a wider conversation about such issues (think: A FINE DESSERT and A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR GEORGE WASHINGTON).

While the bulk of our conversation here focused on THE HIRED GIRL, most of our shortlisted titles had one element or another that we questioned in this regard.  I know I’ll continue to ponder and discuss these things throughout the spring and summer.  I hope you’ll do the same so that we can continue the conversation in the fall.  Until then, mis amigos.

Jonathan Hunt About Jonathan Hunt

Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at


  1. Thanks Jonathan, happy pondering…

  2. Thanks for the conversation!

  3. For those who still would like to consider 2016 books, stop by the-just-revving-up SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. The contenders have been announced (many of the ones that were talked about here) and we start to reveal the judges this week. (

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