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Speaking Up, Choosing Lanes, and World War II Reflections: Distinguished Themes

Distinguished books for children often convey powerful themes in innovative ways. Stellar examples from this year include books that explore peer pressure, child abuse, and the impacts of war. Do any of these books have Newbery Medal potential?

Della, Ware, and Bob the Dog: Distinguished Characters

An outspoken girl, and introverted boy, and a dog with “swagger” are among the most memorable characters from the pages of 2020’s children’s books. Are they distinguished enough to merit consideration for the Newbery Medal?

Share Your Newbery Favorites So Far

Heavy Medal readers have created to a long list of possible Newbery contenders over several months. Now’s a chance to rank your early favorites. What tops your list of the best children’s books of 2020 so far?

Guest Bloggers: All Spots Filled

We’re looking for “guest bloggers” to contribute book introductions on the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery blog this fall. Check out the details and fill out a volunteer form if you’re interested. UPDATE: ALL GUEST BLOGGER SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED.

Welcome to Heavy Medal, 2021 Edition

The Heavy Medal Mock-Newbery blog returns for a 13th year of discussion about the best children’s books of the year. Here’s a look ahead at our plans for this year’s Newbery discussion process.

81 Suggestions So Far

Our 7th call for Mock Newbery Suggestions just finished. Check out this widely varied list of this year’s children’s books that could be part of the conversation for the 2021 Newbery Medal.

Newbery Suggestions Updated

Our running list of possible Newbery-contending titles has now reached 70. Many of these books will be featured as we examine titles on Heavy Medal over the next few months. Our Mock-Newbery discussions begin in September.

August Suggestions

Our list of suggestions for 2021 Newbery Award contenders continues on Heavy Medal. Add your favorite authors and titles from 2020 to our growing list by August 9th.

Newbery Suggestions: 61 Books to Consider

Over 200 “Suggestions” have been contributed by Heavy Medal readers as we try to identify the most likely contenders for the 2021 Newbery Medal. Check out the titles and totals through July.

Call for Newbery Suggestions from the First Half of 2020

We’re halfway through 2020, and the number of excellent children’s books from the year continues to grow. Heavy Medal invites readers to add “Suggestions” to our running list of potential contenders for the 2021 Newbery Award.