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Evaluating Graphic Novels for the Newbery: A conversation with Shannon Hale

Author of Real Friends and Best Friends, two graphic novel memoirs, Shannon Hale talks about her writing and collaboration process and her wishes for Newbery committee members when evaluating graphic narratives.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery – General Call for Suggestions

Thank you for all who have been talking to us via the Comments in the past week. Please continue engaging on book discussion posts in the coming weeks/months. At this time, Steven, Annisha, and I would love to see more reader suggestions. Since we will start the official “nomination” process in a month or so, […]

Early Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Picks and September Suggestions

We are so excited to be able to offer even more perspectives this year here at Heavy Medal!  Annisha, welcome welcome welcome! Roxanne: Now that we’ve had been reading the many reader suggestions (more than 60 titles!), perhaps we could each pick 2 or 3 that we would love to see advance far in the […]

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…

A Couple More Heavy Medal Readers’ Mock Newbery suggestions – August Compilation

This latest round of reader suggestions saw two new titles (marked with *) and additional support for those already on the list. (The list is now 66 titles long.) . The fall publication season will come fast and furious – keep your reading eyes peeled for worthy titles. I’m personally excited about a few August […]

What Do We Read Next? – Add Your Newbery Picks to the List

Read any great kids’ books in the last month? Now’s your chance to add your suggestions for possible Newbery Medal contenders to the Heavy Medal blog. Add your recommendation between August 5 – August 12th.

64 Children’s Books: Will 1 Win the Newbery?

The announcement of the 2020 Newbery Medal is 6 months away. Readers of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery blog have identified 64 titles from the first half of the year that just might be contenders!

Mock Newbery: July Suggestion

Add to the growing list of excellent children’s books worthy of the 2020 Newbery!

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.