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Heavy Medal Finalist #10: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

One of the early front runners in this year’s Heavy Medal Mock Newbery selection, will The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise retain the enthusiastic support and continue to gain momentum? Join the conversation here.

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 #4: Lalani of the Distant Sea

Recent Newbery winner Erin Entrada Kelly’s magical tale of Lalani and her quest receives high praise from Heavy Medal Award Committee Member Melisa Bailey. Join the conversation to discuss this book.

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.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award Finalist #1 – Beverly, Right Here

Kicking off the Heavy Medal Award discussion process, Committee Member Rachel Wadham discusses the merits of Beverly, Right Here, affirming this title’s many distinguishing qualities.

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.

2020 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award Finalists… almost: we need your input!

What are the front runners of this year’s Heavy Medal (Mock Newbery) Award titles? You have a chance to decide on the final two titles!

Interview with Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

THIS IS PROMISE OF CHANGE was an early 2019 publication with many nominations, but we haven’t discussed it much on Heavy Medal (it was part of Roxanne’s post on poetry).  We interviewed the authors to learn more about how the book happened: Heavy Medal: Debbie, why did you decide to write about Jo Ann’s memoir in […]

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Major Impossible

This action-packed adventure graphic novel is book 9 in the series. It revolves around adventurer John Wesley Powell, who would come to be known as one of the most heroic adventurers in American History. As a young man, he wandered all over the United States exploring. In 1869 he organized the Colorado River Exploring Expedition, […]

Infinite Hope by Ashley Bryan, or How I Failed to Evaluate a Masterpiece for the Newbery

Have we found the most distinguished book for children this year? Presenting “Infinite Hope” by Ashley Bryan.