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Annisha Jeffries

About Annisha Jeffries

Annisha Jeffries is the head of the youth services department at Cleveland Public Library. She was a member of the 2007 ALSC Board and served on several selection committees, including the 2018 Caldecott Committee. A 2000-2001 Spectrum Scholarship recipient, Jeffries is currently the Chair of the Norman A, Sugarman Children's Biography Award.
She can be reached at annishamj@gmail.com

2020 Newbery Predictions

What are your predictions for Newbery 2020? I have mine ready.

Heavy Medal Finalist #12: This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

In her introduction to “This Promise of Change,” Heavy Medal Committee member Molly Sloan dives deep into this important part of American History that is true, timely and unforgettable. Please join the discussion.

Heavy Medal Finalist #9: Queen of the Sea

Introduced by Heavy Medal Committee Member Earl Dizon “A queen does not abandon her people. If that pathetic shrew wants the crown, our father denied her; she’ll have to take it by force.” “What if she takes your head along with it?” “My people won’t allow that to happen!” “The people aren’t here, Your Majesty.” […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist #7: Other Words for Home

“We’re in a period of human history where empathy is needed more than ever. As the mother of two little girls, I’m constantly trying to teach them the idea that no one ever grows poor from giving. That sharing what you have does not make what you have worth any less. I guess that’s what […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist #3: The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown.

Heavy Medal Award Committee members and readers will engage in a discussion about The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown: one of the top contenders of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

The Final Finalist List

The time has come,’ the Walrus said,      To talk of many things:Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —      Of cabbages — and kings —And why the sea is boiling hot —      And whether pigs have wings.’ The Walrus and the Carpenter – BY LEWIS CARROLL Yes, the time has come to announce the final list. The votes […]

Interview with Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

THIS IS PROMISE OF CHANGE was an early 2019 publication with many nominations, but we haven’t discussed it much on Heavy Medal (it was part of Roxanne’s post on poetry).  We interviewed the authors to learn more about how the book happened: Heavy Medal: Debbie, why did you decide to write about Jo Ann’s memoir in […]

Call for Nominations-Choose Two More.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Nominations are now open for December. In Steven’s November 14 post, he mentioned that for November, 49 Heavy Medal readers each put three titles forward. November 21 post, Roxanne tallied that 18 titles reached top contender status (4 nominations or more by 59 Heavy Medal readers). We are now calling for […]

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Major Impossible

This action-packed adventure graphic novel is book 9 in the series. It revolves around adventurer John Wesley Powell, who would come to be known as one of the most heroic adventurers in American History. As a young man, he wandered all over the United States exploring. In 1869 he organized the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, […]

Rick Riordan Presents: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

When I found out bestselling author Rick Riordan was creating his unique imprint for middle-grade readers; I was very excited. Since the imprint’s launch, one of these latest debut novels: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia, is such a fantastic, remarkable story. It is a blend of African folklore, African […]