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Newbery Nominations – 1st Round in October

(updated: Sunday, November 3rd)

The October Nominations is closed. Tallies will be posted Monday, November 4th, and next round of 2 nominations will start in mid November.

In October, the real Newbery Committee members submit their first nominations.  Here at Heavy Medal, we try to simulate the process without overburdening our readers. Instead of writing justifying paragraphs for each of your nomination, all our readers have to do is list three eligible titles — keeping in mind that you will have the opportunity to nominate four more titles – 2 in November and 2 in December.

For strategies or consideration, you might want to read this post from a couple of years ago. 

In the real Newbery work, only titles officially nominated by committee members would be discussed at ALA Midwinter conference where the winner and honor titles are determined each year. If all 15 members nominate the same 7 titles, there would be just seven books to be considered. If they all nominate different titles, no overlapping, then the highest possible number of books “on the table” is 105 (7 x 15.) . The reality is that quite a few titles would be nominated by multiple members so usually there are a few dozen titles to receive close examination in the closed-door meetings.

At this time, we invite all readers to nominate three titles. Just a list of Title and Author’s last name would do.

Here are my October nominations:

New Kid by Craft

A Place to Belong by Kodahata

Sweeping Up the Heart by Henkes

We look forward to seeing your nominations.

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Roxanne Hsu Feldman About Roxanne Hsu Feldman

Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at roxannefeldman@gmail.com.

Comments

  1. Leonard Kim says:

    THIS PROMISE OF CHANGE by Boyce
    SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE by Hernandez
    QUEEN OF THE SEA by Meconis

  2. Julie Corsaro says:

    PAY ATTENTION CARTER JONES by Gary D. Schmidt
    BORN TO FLY by Steve Sheinkin
    OTHER WORDS FOR HOME by Jasmine Warga

  3. Kate Todd says:

    Nominations

    1. This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
    2. New Kid by Jerry Craft
    3. To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

  4. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

    LALANI OF THE DISTANT SEA by Erin Entrada Kelly
    MUMMIES EXPOSED by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
    SCARY STORIES FOR YOUNG FOXES by Christian McKay Heidicker

    (Interesting that with the first four sets of nominations we’ve got 12 titles with 1 each…)

    • Actually — This Promise of Change is nominated twice and if you count mine (5) then New Kid has two, too!

      • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says:

        I was counting yours, Roxanne, but hadn’t seen Kate’s yet. But also I think I’m just so clueless myself about what the front-runners are this year that I’m expecting a wide variety in the nominations….

    • Annisha Jeffries Annisha Jeffries says:

      A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Ramee
      New Kid by Jerry Craft
      Genesis Begins Again- Williams

  5. Mary Lou White says:

    The Line Tender by Kate Allen
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt
    New Kid by Jerry Craft

  6. Voices: the final hours of Joan of Arc, David Elliot
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones, Gary Schmidt
    Queen of the sea, Dylan Meconis

  7. Elizabeth Johnson says:

    The Line Tender by ALLEN
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by GEMEINHART
    Queen of the Sea by MECONIS

  8. 1. Pay Attention, Carter Jones, Gary Schmidt
    2. Born to Fly, Steve Sheinkin
    3. New Kid, Jerry Craft

  9. Courtney Hague says:

    1. Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
    2. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
    3. All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

  10. 1. This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
    2. The Last-Last Day of Summer by Lamar Giles
    3. A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Ramee

  11. Beth Rosen says:

    Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes
    Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo
    The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins by Gail Shepherd

  12. SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE by Hernandez
    PET by Emezi
    ON THE COME UP by Thomas

  13. 1. Lalani of the Distant Sea, Kelly.
    2. Eventown, Haydu
    3. Look Both Ways: A Story Told in Ten Blocks, Reynolds.

  14. Planet Earth is Blue -Panteleakos

    Genesis Begins Again- Williams

    Dig. King (longshot because it skews older but it’s a well executed look at broken families and white privilege.)

  15. The Line Tender, Allen
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Gemeinhart
    The New Kid, Craft

  16. MY JASPER JUNE, Snyder
    THE MIRACULOUS, Redman
    BEVERLY, RIGHT HERE, DiCamillo

  17. Leilani of the Distant Sea Estrada
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Gemeinhart
    Strangers Haddix

  18. Amanda Bishop says:

    Look Both Ways by Reynolds
    The New Kid by Craft
    Other Words for Home by Warga

  19. Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein
    Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
    Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes

  20. Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
    New Kid by Jerry Craft
    Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

  21. Lalani of the Distant Sea—Erin Entrada Kelly
    New Kid—Jerry Craft
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise—Dan Gemeinhart

  22. The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
    For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama Lockington
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

  23. 1. NEW KID by Craft
    2. THE BRIDGE HOME by Venkatraman
    3. THE BELL RANG by Ransome

  24. NEW KID by Craft
    LOST GIRL by Ursu
    LAST LAST DAY OF SUMMER by Giles

  25. Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
    Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
    New Kid by Jerry Craft

  26. Matthew Bowers says:

    The Line Tender by Kate Allen
    River by Elisha Cooper
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt

  27. Barb Gogan says:

    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Gemeinhart
    New Kid by Craft
    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Hernandez

  28. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Gemeinhart
    New Kid by Craft
    The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake

  29. Genevieve says:

    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Hernandez)
    Pay Attentino, Carter Jones (Schmidt)
    Other Words for Home (Warga)

  30. 1. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
    2. New Kid by Jerry Craft
    3. Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

  31. Aliya Schwerner says:

    The Line Tender by Kate Allen
    The Bridge Home by T. V. Padma
    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

  32. Jennifer D says:

    1. The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
    2. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
    3. Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu

  33. Mary Louise Sanchez says:

    1. Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt
    2. A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
    3. Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

  34. Changeling (The Oddmire #1) by William Ritter
    Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
    The Miraculous by Jess Redman

  35. Queen of the Sea
    Pay Attention Carter Jones
    Thunderhead

  36. Jennifer R. says:

    New Kid – Jerry Craft
    The Line Tender – Kate Allen
    Beverly, Right Here – Kate DiCamillo

  37. Ally Goodwin says:

    The Line Tender by Kate Allen
    Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
    Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

  38. This Promise of Change (Levi and Boyce)
    The Line Tender (Allen)
    Queen of the Sea (Meconis)

  39. Jody Winchester says:

    Strange Birds by Celia C. Perez
    A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
    The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

  40. Kate McCarron says:

    Planet Earth is Blue
    Line Tender
    Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

  41. Queen of the Sea
    New Kid
    Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

  42. The Next Great Paulie Fink / Ali Benjamin
    Queen of the Sea / Dylan Meconis
    The Tornado / Jake Burt

  43. The October Nominations deadline is end of Saturday, November 2nd. We will tally and post the results soon. Thank you for those who have already made your nominations — and keep them coming!

  44. Mary Clare says:

    This is tough. I have 5 already and more good ideas from all of you!

    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Gemeinhart
    Eventown by Haydu
    The Bridge Home by Venkatraman

  45. Cory Eckert says:

    From the Post Oak Newbs:

    Planet Earth is Blue by Panteleakos
    A Place to Belong by Kadohata
    To Night Owl from Dogfish by Sloan

  46. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
    Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams

  47. SAM LEOPOLD says:

    I always like to wait until I have read all of the main contenders on the nomination lists on Heavy medal before I comment on any. I have three to go…..and then I will join the discussion.

    For now, here are three that I find distinguished

    EVENTOWN
    QUEEN OF THE SEA
    HOW HIGH THE MOON

  48. Line Tender – Kate Allen
    Pet – Akwaeke Emezi
    New Kid – Jerry Craft

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