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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?

Coming Soon: The 2020 Heavy Medal Award Committee

This season’s Heavy Medal blog will culminate with in-depth online book discussion and balloting by volunteer participants in the Heavy Medal Award Committee. The HMAC will form in December and here’s a preview of how it all works.

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.

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.

The Newbery is Not For….

The official Newbery Terms and Criteria describe the elements that must be considered when selecting the “most distinguished book” of the year. Here’s a look at some key element that are in the Criteria…and some that are not.

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 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…

What Do We Read Next? – Add Your Newbery Picks to the List

Read any great kids’ books in the last month? Now’s your chance to add your suggestions for possible Newbery Medal contenders to the Heavy Medal blog. Add your recommendation between August 5 – August 12th.

64 Children’s Books: Will 1 Win the Newbery?

The announcement of the 2020 Newbery Medal is 6 months away. Readers of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery blog have identified 64 titles from the first half of the year that just might be contenders!

March Suggestions – Totals

Looking for early candidates for the 2020 Newbery Medal? Heavy Medal readers have suggested twelve 2019 books that might have Newbery Medal potential and we’ll add to this least each month.