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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 sengelfried@yahoo.com.

Suggestions – Totals Through June

Heavy Medal readers continue to suggest possible Newbery-worthy children’s books from the current year. Check out the updated list.

June Suggestions

With the 2020 Newbery Medal announcement still seven months away, readers of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery blog continue to build a list of titles that might be possible contenders. The monthly call for Suggestions is open from June 5 – 12.

Suggestions: March – May

With one third of the year completed, Heavy Medal readers have identified 42 titles as “suggestions” for possible Newbery consideration. Here’s the updated ranked list.

March Suggestions – Totals

Looking for early candidates for the 2020 Newbery Medal? Heavy Medal readers have suggested twelve 2019 books that might have Newbery Medal potential and we’ll add to this least each month.

March Suggestions

Heavy Medal readers are invited to contribute “Suggestions” of titles that might be worth considering for the 2020 Newbery Medal. This month’s Suggestions can be submitted through Friday, March 8th.

Newbery 2020: Looking Ahead

The announcement of the 2020 Newbery Medal is just 362 days away! Here’s a brief look ahead to some titles that might be early contenders.

Live from the YMAs: Merci Gets the Gold

MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS won the 2019 Newbery Medal! Heavy Medal readers share reactions to the Newbery results, as well as the announcements of other award winners.

Heavy Medal Finalist: SWEEP by Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP is the final book in our Heavy Medal Finalists discussion. Heavy Medal Committee member DaNae notes that the author “deftly builds instant empathy. He exposes just enough vulnerability to open an itch of dread, yet overlies it with a wisp of hope, assuring us that our hearts are in good hands.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini

SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini is up for Mock-Newbery discussion today as one of the Heavy Medal Finalists. The title is introduced by Heavy Medal Committee member Kari, who notes that “though the story was inspired by Angelini’s life, it has not been reduced to a problem novel, and Annie and her voice and her story are not easy to forget. This is a small book but it is powerful and deserves strong consideration.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden

SMALL SPACES by Catherine Arden is the featured Heavy Medal Finalist today. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Katrina points out that “SMALL SPACES is intricately crafted. In just the first chapter, so much groundwork is laid, in ways that are completely necessary to the story…”