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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

2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March to August


Here it is, our final cumulative reader suggestion list before we start up our book discussion in early September.  More than forty (40) readers have contributed to the list.  Thank you so much! Plenty of titles to read in preparation for us and Heavy Medal readers.  Please continue to recommend worthy titles for us to […]

2019 Heavy Medal: August Suggestions


Although members of the Newbery Committee would continue to make monthly suggestions throughout the year, at Heavy Medal, this is our last monthly official suggestion post.  In September, we will start our book discussions and readers can suggest titles in comments during the last few months of 2018. For now, the rules are the same as […]

2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March to July

We must thank long-time and new Heavy Medal participants (there are quite a few of you this month) for suggesting titles! Please also actively read these titles in preparation for the September 2019 Heavy Medal official launch.  Of course we will discuss those with multiple suggestions but we also urge everyone to read those with one […]

2019 Heavy Medal: July Suggestions


It is July! By this time, member of the real 2019 Newbery committee must be feeling a bit more pressure: half of 2018 has gone by — did they catch all the worthy titles in their suggestions so far?  Many books are yet to be published in the coming months — will they be able to […]

2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March to June

  Thank you all for the suggestions this month. Heavy Medal readers, we hope that you now have a substantial list of titles to read and support in the next couple of rounds of suggestions. you We are thrilled that you have been participating so actively.  See you next month! Single Suggestion: All the Animals Where I […]

2019 Heavy Medal: Suggestions to Date – March & April

This is the list of suggested titles — Happy Reading! Single Suggestion: All the Animals Where I Live by Philip Stead The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters Granted by John David Anderson The Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley […]

2019 Heavy Medal: April Suggestions


This is an invitation for April suggestions from our readers. Please suggest: books that you think could be possible Newbery contenders.   only eligible books.  Check the Terms and Criteria for details.  Basic rules: written by an American citizen/resident; original work; published in the US, in 2018, for children up to age 14.   1 to 5 titles: title/author, […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen – 3rd Ballot Results


After a second round of discussion with additional clarification and examples from the books, our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Fifteen cast their secret votes again. At this point, 10 out of the original 18 titles received votes.  Many members have shifted their choices so that we could potentially have a winner. Sharon, Steven, and I […]

2nd Ballot Results — Good Work!


The field has been further narrowed. The opinions have been weighed and considered. The votes are more concentrated. But… we still do not have a WINNER! The front runner is I’m Just No Good at Rhyming with SIX 1st Place Votes and total of 31 points. However, it still has not received the necessary EIGHT 1st Place Votes.  […]

2nd Ballot – In Progress…


This post will be updated once all our votes are in.  We’ve received fourteen out of fifteen ballots as of the morning of February 5th, 2018.  We are eager to share the results of the second round with the world. Stay tuned…