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Where are the Nonfiction Newbery’s?

Nonfiction history books have not fared well in Newbery announcements in recent years. This year’s contenders to break that streak could include a history of the first cross-country women’s air race and a look at a year’s worth of major events from exactly one century ago.

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 […]

Eventown – Distinguished?

One of the most suggested titles from Heavy Medal readers to-date, Eventown deals with grief, emotions, and love with an alter-reality setting and a suspenseful plot line.

Introduction to the Newbery

Today’s guest blogger is Lan Gao. Lan currently works as the Senior Librarian in the Youth Services Department at the Cleveland Public Library downtown branch. I asked if she would share how she was introduced to the Newbery Award. I first came across the Newbery Medal only seven years ago. So I am rather new […]

Can Newbery Winners Do It Again?

Cynthia Kadohata, Gary D. Schmidt, and Kevin Henkes have earned Newbery recognition in past years. Could their most recent books be contenders for the 2020 Medal?

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 […]

Hello readers!

My name is Annisha Jeffries and I am the Youth Services Manager at the Cleveland Public Library. Since this is my first blog post, I wanted to introduce myself. I have worked at the Cleveland Public Library for over 23 years, I currently chair the Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award, which is given biennially […]

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 […]