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Steven Engelfried

About Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried is the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at

2019 Heavy Medal: June Suggestions


It’s time for June Mock Newbery 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, no […]

March Suggestions Cumulated

Here’s the compiled list of March Suggestions.  We’ll post a call for April Suggestions around the 1st of the month….   The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (2) Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters Chasing King’s Killer […]

March Suggestions

Book of Boy

Heavy Medal is on hiatus until September 2018…well, mostly.  This year we’re going to try something different between now and Fall.  Around the 1st of each month we’ll solicit “Suggestions” from Heavy Medal readers.  This is similar to the process followed by the real Newbery Committee.  It’s a way for members to share what they’re […]

What to Watch for in 2018….Plus a Reader’s Poll


For this last post of the season, we’re looking ahead to next year’s Heavy Medal.  Some book possibilities are listed below, but we’re also interested in getting some feedback about this blog.  If you have a few minutes to share what you think, it will help us plan for next year.   We have a quick […]

And the Winner Is….


The Newbery Medal was  announced this morning!   We’ve posted the Newbery results here, and added any other awards won by books we’ve discussed on Heavy Medal in the comments below. Newbery Medal: HELLO UNIVERSE  Newbery Honor: LONG WAY DOWN Newbery Honor: PIECING ME TOGETHER Newbery Honor: CROWN: AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT  (We didn’t feature this, […]

What’s Your Prediction?

We’ve spent the last several months discussing what we think SHOULD win Newbery recognition, and why.  For this post, let’s shift gears and talk about what we think actually WILL emerge as winners.  It’s not as easy as it looks. Though some of my predictions have won Honors over the years, I’m afraid that the […]

1st Ballot Results – Far from the End


The Heavy Medal 15 have cast their first ballots, and the results are below.  There is no winner at this point because a Medal winner needs to receive 8 first place votes (VINCENT AND THEO has 3) and the margin between 1st and 2nd place must be at least 8 (I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING leads […]

It’s Time to Vote


The announcement of the 2018 Newbery Medal is just 12 days away.  You can watch the announcements of all of the ALA Youth Media Awards on February 12th.  Meanwhile, here at Heavy Medal we have two separate mock-awards going on: As Roxanne announced yesterday, the Heavy Medal 15, consisting of 15 people who have read […]

Heavy Medal Finalist – Tumble & Blue


Long List Title:  TUMBLE & BLUE (Titles on our long list will be included in our online conversation and balloting, alongside the short list titles.) This is the last book we’ll be looking closely at before getting to our short list and long list balloting.  More about those processes is coming soon. TUMBLE & BLUE received […]

Heavy Medal Finalist: Wishtree


Short List Title: WISHTREE (Titles on our short list will be included in the live Mock Newbery in Oakland.) In Sharon’s earlier post on WISHTREE she writes:  “WISHTREE whispers its message of tolerance and hope.”  That sentence really captures the essence of this book.  The “whispering” is quite an accomplishment.  We have a lot of books […]