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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?

Riveting True Stories About Sunken Ships, Bomber Planes, and Poisoned Food

The list of nonfiction Newbery contenders seems to be growing. Deborah Heiligman’s TORPEDOED is a recent standout, but it’s not the only one.

“Planet Earth Is Blue” the “Wonder” of 2019? – Newbery Criteria: Vastly Good vs Individually Distinct

Reviewers have called Planet Earth Is Blue poignant, intricate, masterful, authentic, and exceptional — does it have a shot at the 2020 Newbery?

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.

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.

Heavy Medal, Mock Newbery, Award – Nominations Tally

Read and find out which titles are front runners for the Heavy Medal, Mock Newbery, Award?

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.

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?

Newbery Nominations – 1st Round in October

Heavy Medal readers are invited to nominate their first three titles that they consider strong contenders for the 2020 Newbery.