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Live from Philadelphia, it’s the Youth Media Awards!

The winners have been announced. It was fun and wonderful to see how HMC were in sync with the Newbery Committee. Great job everyone!

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Winner: “New Kid”

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

HMC Mock Results – No Winner Yet

After weeks of rigorous book discussion, the Heavy Medal Committee has voted for the 2020 Mock Newbery book. And the winner is….not decided. No book emerged as a clear winner, so look for more intense book discussion today, followed by a second ballot.

Heavy Medal Finalist #12: This Promise of Change by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

In her introduction to “This Promise of Change,” Heavy Medal Committee member Molly Sloan dives deep into this important part of American History that is true, timely and unforgettable. Please join the discussion.

Heavy Medal Finalist #9: Queen of the Sea

Introduced by Heavy Medal Committee Member Earl Dizon “A queen does not abandon her people. If that pathetic shrew wants the crown, our father denied her; she’ll have to take it by force.” “What if she takes your head along with it?” “My people won’t allow that to happen!” “The people aren’t here, Your Majesty.” […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist #7: Other Words for Home

“We’re in a period of human history where empathy is needed more than ever. As the mother of two little girls, I’m constantly trying to teach them the idea that no one ever grows poor from giving. That sharing what you have does not make what you have worth any less. I guess that’s what […]

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist #3: The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown.

Heavy Medal Award Committee members and readers will engage in a discussion about The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown: one of the top contenders of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award.

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.

What Have We Missed?: “Best Books of the Year” lists

Several of the children’s literature review journals have announced their “Best Books of the Year” lists. We’ve discussed many of the most frequently cited titles on Heavy Medal…but what about the ones we missed?

Picture Book Biographies and the Heavy Medal Early 6

A half dozen possible Newbery contenders are announced today as the Heavy Medal Early 6. These titles will definitely be on our full discussion list which will be announced in December. We also take a look at Picture Book Biographies that could make that list.