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Monthly Reader Suggestions: March – April, 2019

Some titles have garnered strong Heavy Medal reader support and our list is growing! Thank you, readers of new children’s books and of the Heavy Medal blog. We’ll see you again in early May for another round of suggestions. Please comment and let us know if you see anything missing! New Kid Craft 13 Pay […]

April Suggestions – No Joke!

Thank you all for the suggestions in March.  We’re asking for your input of more titles to put on everyone’s radar. (A word on the selection of featured cover here: it does not mean an endorsement, only a title that has garnered some critical praises that is eligible for suggestion.) Please: – Suggest books that […]

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.

Final Call for Heavy Medal Readers Poll

287 Heavy Medal readers voted. 127 of you are new Heavy Medal Readers and 160 are returning readers. Here are the results: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge: 22 (7.7%) The Book of Boy: 24 (8.4%) The Faithful Spy: 5 (1.7%) Front Desk: 37 (12.9%) The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: 4 (1.4%) Hey, Kiddo!: 26 (9.1%) The […]

2019 Heavy Medal Award Winner Announcement

After two more rounds (via email and ballot forms) of voting, the 2019 Heavy Medal Award Committee finally came to consensus and picked the winning title published for children in 2018.  We are excited and thrilled to announce that the 2019 Heavy Medal Award goes to Jonathan Auxier for his moving historical fantasy Sweep: The Story of a Girl […]

2019 Heavy Medal Award — Reader Poll

Readers, stay tuned.  We are still in the process of our Third (and might not be the Last) Round of Balloting. As evident from yesterday’s whirlwind of comments (more than two hundred before we closed the comments for the two posts,) our 17 Heavy Medal Award Committee members are taking this task of picking a […]

2019 Heavy Medal Award – Second Ballot Results

This are the results of our second round of voting. A few more books are OFF the table: Front Desk, Just Like Jackie, The Night Diary, Poet X (This one kills me!), and Small Spaces.  So, we are left with the following titles to further examine: [The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge] First x 3 Second x 1 […]

And the Heavy Medal Award Winner Is…. (not yet)

Last night, all 17 members of the Heavy Medal Award Committee cast our votes for the first time.  And we have not yet selected a winner. Here are the guidelines to determine a winning title. A. Each member must cast three separate votes.  One each for First Place, Second Place, and Third Place. B. A First Place […]

Newbery Home Stretch: Pre-Announcement Predictions!

The Newbery Award will be announced on January 28th. Heavy Medal Readers are invited to share their predictions of what books are most likely to earn a gold or silver Newbery seal.

In Anticipation…

Happy end of the year, Heavy Medal followers. This is a reminder that on Wednesday, January 2nd, our Heavy Medal Award Committee deliberation will commence.  The nineteen members on HMAC will introduce and debate the eighteen finalists following the schedule below.  All Heavy Medal readers are invited to share your opinions as well.  However, the official […]