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It’s Time! Top Three? Wheee!

Nominate blueI know it seems so fast, but it’s already time to start nominating.  In October the real Newbery Committee members are painstakingly deciding which titles to put forward as their first nominations.  The first ones are hardest, for me, because I’m flying blind.  I’m trying to guess what others are likely to suggest and balance two objectives:

1.  To make sure that really strong titles don’t get somehow left out and

2.  To make sure that titles *I* feel strongly about, but know are less likely to have broader support, get on the table for more discussion.

Last year Roxanne, Steven, and I talked about the nominating process.  I think it’s a worthwhile re-read if you want more details on how nominations work and how they differ from suggestions.  The tl;dr version is this:  members of the committee can, as we have been doing, suggest titles each month without limit.  These are titles that they feel the other committee members should read and pay attention to.  The nominations, when they start, are limited (3 in October and 2 each in November and December) and these are titles that will be added to the table for discussion at Midwinter Conference.  Titles that aren’t nominated are off the table, and will not be discussed.

So, this is high stakes!

At this time, feel free to nominate, in the comments, your first three titles.  You’ll be able to see what those before you have nominated, which may help with your decision-making.  Please stick with titles that have been published already.  You can also write up why you think these titles are “the most distunguished” of the year.

I’ll add mine to the comments once I’ve seen a few of yours come through!

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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 sharon@mckellar.org.

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  1. Hannah Mermelstein says:

    I’ll put three here with the caveat that I haven’t read as many as I’ve wanted to so far and nothing absolutely jumps out to me as an obvious winner. Having said that, my top three are:

    HOPE IN THE HOLLER
    HURRICANE CHILD
    SNOW LANE

  2. Katy Punch says:

    Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
    Front Desk By Kelly Yang
    Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

  3. The Book of Boy
    The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle
    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

    • I just finished The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge last night and now I regret that I posted my three on Thursday. It is so AMAZING!

  4. Cherylynn says:

    I can be talked into several others that I have read. These books are some that stood out over others written this season with similar topics.

    1. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
    2. Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard
    3. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

  5. steven engelfried says:

    THE BOOK OF BOY
    THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES
    CHECKED

    My strategy this time: The two books that I rate the highest so far and one likely outlier. CHECKED probably isn’t my #3 book, but I’m guessing that it might not be high on everyone’s radar, so by nominating it early, I know everyone will need to read it and think of it as a book that will be on the table in January.

  6. Jenny Staller says:

    There are still a ton of books on my TBR list, but here are my top three:

    1. The Book of Boy
    2. Rebound
    3. Echo’s Sister

  7. There are so many I haven’t read. These are the three that have impressed me the most.

    THE BOOK OF BOY
    GHOST BOYS
    SNOW LANE

  8. BE PREPARED
    THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES
    THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER

  9. LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME
    THE BOOK OF BOY
    THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE

  10. Kate Todd says:

    My top 3:
    MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER by Diane Magras
    THE JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE by Christopher Paul Curtis
    THE BOOK OF BOY by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

  11. Leonard Kim says:

    THE CARDBOARD KINGDOM
    PETER & ERNESTO
    THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST

  12. My top three at this point:
    The Book of Boy
    The Journey of Little Charlie
    Thunderhead

    Still catching up on fall releases.

  13. The Journey of Little Charlie
    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
    Ghost Boys

  14. 1. Just Like Jackie
    2. Front Desk
    3. Hope in the Holler

  15. The Book of Boy
    The Journey of Little Charlie
    Front Desk

  16. The Journey of Little Charlie
    The Season of Styx Malone
    Harbor Me

  17. Becky Petrin says:

    I have a lot of reading left to do. For right now, I would like to nominate:

    Front Desk
    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Snow Lane

  18. Chris Mack says:

    Front Desk
    The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
    Harbor Me

  19. Eric Carpenter says:

    1. Two Roads – I’m hoping this one gets some attention once people have a chance to read it.
    2. Rebound – This is the book that has stuck with me the most this year
    3. The Season of Styx Malone – Most fun I’ve had reading a middle grade novel in a long time.

    -Can’t believe I’m leaving out Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Front Desk, The Journey of Little Charlie, and Harbor Me

  20. I’m going strictly favorites right now…

    1. The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle
    2. Checked
    3. Just Like Jackie

  21. THE LAST by Applegate
    THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Johnson
    REBOUND by Alexander

  22. Harbor Me
    Sunny
    The Benefits of Being an Octopus

  23. 1. The Prince and the Dressmaker
    2. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
    3. Cardboard Kingdom

  24. Jenna Friebel says:

    1. Louisiana’s Way Home
    2. Hurricane Child
    3. Front Desk

  25. Kate McCue-Day says:

    I still have lots to read..but as of now.
    Front Desk
    The Benefits of Being an Octopus
    The Adventures of a Girl Named Bicycle

    Man that was hard….

  26. Genevieve says:

    Front Desk
    Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
    Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

  27. Just Like Jackie
    Front Desk
    Be Prepared

  28. Nomination will close early Monday morning (October 8th.)

  29. The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock —by far my favorite, love it so much!

    For the other two, I think I’m going to go for breadth. And surprisingly for me, they’re both YA:
    The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (which I think definitely works agewise for junior high)
    The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (I can’t decide if this is too old or not and would be interested to hear what other people think.)

  30. Lisa Duncan says:

    Out of Left Field
    Two Roads
    The Penderwicks at Last

  31. Ghost Boys by Jewell Rhodes
    The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
    Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz

  32. Agh I’d like to change one of my choices.
    From: GHOST BOYS
    To: The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

  33. Echo’s Sister
    Boots on the Ground
    The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

  34. Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
    Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
    Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

    These actually aren’t all my favorites, but worth talking about I think!