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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?

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!

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.

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.

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 […]

Evaluating Graphic Novels for the Newbery: A conversation with Shannon Hale

Author of Real Friends and Best Friends, two graphic novel memoirs, Shannon Hale talks about her writing and collaboration process and her wishes for Newbery committee members when evaluating graphic narratives.