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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.

“Planet Earth Is Blue” the “Wonder” of 2019? – Newbery Criteria: Vastly Good vs Individually Distinct

Reviewers have called Planet Earth Is Blue poignant, intricate, masterful, authentic, and exceptional — does it have a shot at the 2020 Newbery?

Infinite Hope by Ashley Bryan, or How I Failed to Evaluate a Masterpiece for the Newbery

Have we found the most distinguished book for children this year? Presenting “Infinite Hope” by Ashley Bryan.

Heavy Medal, Mock Newbery, Award – Nominations Tally

Read and find out which titles are front runners for the Heavy Medal, Mock Newbery, Award?

The Toll! The Toll! The Toll!

The highly anticipated final installment of the Arc of a Scythe series, The Toll, hit the street just two weeks ago and delivers a strong finish of a stellar series. Will Heavy Medal readers support it for our own Mock Newbery selection? Read the analysis and the comments!

Current Mock Newbery Nomination Result and a Brief Discussion of DiCamillo, Henkes, and Reynolds

Top 17 Heavy Medal nominated titles are revealed and some of the big names in Children’s Literature: Kelly, Kadohata, DiCamillo, Reynolds, Henkes, are featured on this list, but none are front runners!

Newbery Nominations – 1st Round in October

Heavy Medal readers are invited to nominate their first three titles that they consider strong contenders for the 2020 Newbery.

Which “Moon” Book will make the 2020 Newbery List?

How High the Moon, The Moon Within, Over the Moon – three highly regarded books from 2019: what are their chances at a Newbery win?

Evaluating Graphic Novels for the Newbery: A conversation with Shannon Hale

Author of Real Friends and Best Friends, two graphic novel memoirs, Shannon Hale talks about her writing and collaboration process and her wishes for Newbery committee members when evaluating graphic narratives.

How Fare Poetry Books at the Newbery table?

Kwame Alexander’s powerful picture book The Undefeated, Jo Ann Allen Boyce’s This Promise of Change, and Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home are all verse narratives. Given the increasing popularity of verse presentations, all three might have a shot at the 2020 Newbery!

Eventown – Distinguished?

One of the most suggested titles from Heavy Medal readers to-date, Eventown deals with grief, emotions, and love with an alter-reality setting and a suspenseful plot line.