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Music, Race, and the American Dream: Female voices will not be silenced.

Who knew that when THE HATE U GIVE debuted two years ago, it will generate a film and numerous accolades to be on the New York Times Bestsellers List for more than 80 weeks. After I finished reading THUG, the first words out of my mouth was, what’s next? And watching many interviews with Ms. […]

Graphic Novels are here to stay.

Graphic Novels have become an integral part of children’s literature.2015, the Newbery Honor Book was awarded to  El Deafo by Cece Bell, and the following year, the Honor Book went to, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson. After these books received the accolades merited, graphic novels, for teens and middle-grade readers, have been embraced as a true mark of distinguished work of […]

Introduction to the Newbery

Today’s guest blogger is Lan Gao. Lan currently works as the Senior Librarian in the Youth Services Department at the Cleveland Public Library downtown branch. I asked if she would share how she was introduced to the Newbery Award. I first came across the Newbery Medal only seven years ago. So I am rather new […]

Hello readers!

My name is Annisha Jeffries and I am the Youth Services Manager at the Cleveland Public Library. Since this is my first blog post, I wanted to introduce myself. I have worked at the Cleveland Public Library for over 23 years, I currently chair the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award, which is given biennially […]

Heavy Medal Is Back!

Heavy Medal returns for a 12th year of book discussion and Newbery predictions. Here’s a quick look at what the next several months of our Mock Newbery blog will look like…

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 […]

Hello, Heavy Medal – Hello, Universe

Hello, Heavy Medal readers. I was born and raised in Taiwan. After college, I taught 7th and 8th grade English in a Taipei public school before pursuing a Master’s degree in Children’s Literature from The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. Those two brief but glorious years saw me reading 15-30 […]

It’s September!

It’s September, and that means it’s time for Heavy Medal to get started up again, and we could not be more excited to be here.  Roxanne, Steven, and I have been hard at work behind the scenes talking and organizing and learning about each other and most of all READING AND READING AND READING. It’s […]