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In Anticipation…


Happy end of the year, Heavy Medal followers. This is a reminder that on Wednesday, January 2nd, our Heavy Medal Award Committee deliberation will commence.  The nineteen members on HMAC will introduce and debate the eighteen finalists following the schedule below.  All Heavy Medal readers are invited to share your opinions as well.  However, the official […]

Introducing the 2019 Heavy Medal Award Committee (HMAC)


We are so happy that 19 Heavy Medal readers have volunteered their time and energy to discuss the finalists.  News Flash: after a round of email “voting” Just Like Jackie and Snow Lane are both on the discussion table and we are going to have 18, instead of 16, titles to ballot for in late January. The official […]

Amal the Inspiring


Although the Newbery Committee will meet at the end of January, 2019, to choose the most distinguished books for children published in the United States in 2018, the full Committee has already convened twice in 2018: once at the Midwinter Conference to meet each other and be briefed of what to expect for their year-long service, and […]

Finally, the Finalists!


After many emailed, texted, and phoned conversations, we finally made our choices. In compiling the list, we try to balance between reader support: many of the titles have received strong HM reader support; critical success: winning other awards, making multiple end-of-the-year best lists, etc.; and the HM bloggers’ personal picks: since even one nomination could put a book on the table during the […]

Heavy Medal Committee: Official Call for Participants


Let the excitement mount! As our final nomination round winds down and the discussion of the many”Best Of” lists of the year comes to an end, it’s time to officially call for the Heavy Medal Committee members.  These will be HM readers who are committed to: Read (and re-read) all the 15 (fifteen) titles on our […]

Your Favorite Unlikelies & Ineligibles?


It’s that time of the year (almost December!) that avid readers start to realize that some 2018 books we adore are probably either not likely to get much support from the Newbery Committee or they are simply not eligible for consideration.  Here are a few of mine: Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Why I love it […]

Louisiana Finds Her Way


Louisiana, a supporting character from DiCamillo’s well loved Raymie Nightingale, tells her stand-alone story from a first person account of the days after she is taken from her Florida home by her granny, losing contact with friends and pets, and discovering that her entire life’s story is a giant lie.She writes in a blend of […]

Powerful, Gripping, Important, and Timely — but Is It Distinguished?


Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes has 8 nominations from Heavy Medal readers and is described by reviewers as powerful, gripping, important, and timely.  It is definitely all that, and then some: disturbing, harsh, emotionally challenging, and improbable (?). From the first page when readers see through Jerome’s eyes his small, dead, blood stained body, with all the details (eyes wide […]

Connecting the Ancient to the Future and Far Away to the Near By


Has a short story collection contributed by more than a dozen authors ever appeared on the Newbery roster?  I don’t believe so. There have been some gold and silver stickers affixed to the covers of  folk story collections. For example, 1925 winner Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (of South American folk tales,) 1948 honor The Cow-Tail Switch, and […]

November Nomination & The Heavy Medal Committee

In November, we are asking our readers to Nominate TWO more titles (and two in December as well) following the actual Newbery Committee schedule and procedure. If you already nominated three titles in October, nominate two now — Do not duplicate your own titles but you are free to nominate titles already put in by others. If you did not […]