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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.

November Nominations – Choose Two More

It’s time for November Nominations! Heavy Medal readers are invited to submit two more Newbery-worthy titles to our list of nominated books.

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. […]

Current Mock Newbery Nomination Result and a Brief Discussion of DiCamillo, Henkes, and Reynolds

Top 17 Heavy Medal nominated titles are revealed and some of the big names in Children’s Literature: Kelly, Kadohata, DiCamillo, Reynolds, Henkes, are featured on this list, but none are front runners!

Possibly Distinguished “Page-Turners”

One of the scariest children’s books of the year features a deadly plague, fox who kills his children, and a villainous version of Beatrix Potter. Can a scary book win the Newbery?

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Have you read Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut fantasy? If the answer is no, do yourself a favor and read it. Kelly’s novel is inspired by Filipino folklore that resonates as a memorable coming-of-age story about loyalty, friendship, individuality, beauty, and heroism of twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable illness, Lalani begins on […]

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin Some debut novels are written and go overlooked, never to be heard from again. This post I would like to discuss author Lisa Moore Ramee’s beautifully crafted story and timely work of middle-grade fiction, A GOOD […]

Summer Camp, Sharks, and a School Bus Road Trip

Under consideration for Heavy Medal’s latest mock-Newbery discussion: A school bus road trip novel, a shark-themed coming of age story, and a friendship caper told through emails and texts.

How Fare Poetry Books at the Newbery table?

Kwame Alexander’s powerful picture book The Undefeated, Jo Ann Allen Boyce’s This Promise of Change, and Jasmine Warga’s Other Words for Home are all verse narratives. Given the increasing popularity of verse presentations, all three might have a shot at the 2020 Newbery!