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The Newbery Search Continues

Though the past month’s events have made it challenging to keep up with current children’s literature for many readers, Heavy Medal continues to build our list of contenders for the 2021 Newbery Medal. Readers are invited to contribute to our April list of recommended worthy titles through April 12th.

Mock Newbery Early Leaders Revealed

Heavy Medal readers submitted their first lists of potential 2021 Newbery contenders. The early leaders feature a the true story of a famous pilot and a novel about a girl trying to connect with her imprisoned father.

The Search for the 2021 Newbery Winner Begins

The 2021 Newbery winners won’t be announced for 10 months, but on Heavy Medal we’re asking readers to “suggest” early 2020 titles that might just have a shot at being named “the most distinguished” book of the year.

Farewell – The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Process of 2020 Is Officially Over

The 2020 Newbery season is behind us and the 2021 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award process is about to start!

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Winner: “New Kid”

Announcing the Heavy Medal 2020 Mock Newbery Award winner: NEW KID by Jerry Craft!

HMC Mock Ballot #2 Results – still not there

2nd Ballots are in, and still no clear winner of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery. Committee members will now decide how many of the contenders should remain on Ballot #3, which will go out soon

Mock Newbery Discussion Starts January 2nd

The 2020 Heavy Medal Mock-Newbery book discussion starts tomorrow. Here are the guidelines that the Heavy Medal Awards Committee will be following.

Introducing the Heavy Medal Committee

The 15 members of the Heavy Medal Committee are ready to begin discussing some of the year’s best children’s books. The HM Mock Newbery discussion starts January 2nd. Meet the 15 participants in this post:

The Heavy Medal Book Discussion Schedule

The Heavy Medal Committee now includes 16 dedicated volunteers. Today we announce the book discussion schedule so Committee members and other Heavy Medal readers will be prepared to critically discuss each book using the criteria of the Newbery Medal.

Heavy Medal Committee: Call for Participants

Discussion of 15 of the best children’s books of 2019 begins on Heavy Medal in January. We’re inviting volunteers to serve on the HM Mock Newbery Committee. Participants will read the 15 books on our list, discuss them online in January, and vote for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Winner.