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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, […]

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 […]

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.

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.

Newbery 2020: Looking Ahead

The announcement of the 2020 Newbery Medal is just 362 days away! Here’s a brief look ahead to some titles that might be early contenders.

Live from the YMAs: Merci Gets the Gold

MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS won the 2019 Newbery Medal! Heavy Medal readers share reactions to the Newbery results, as well as the announcements of other award winners.

Heavy Medal Finalist: SWEEP by Jonathan Auxier

Jonathan Auxier’s SWEEP is the final book in our Heavy Medal Finalists discussion. Heavy Medal Committee member DaNae notes that the author “deftly builds instant empathy. He exposes just enough vulnerability to open an itch of dread, yet overlies it with a wisp of hope, assuring us that our hearts are in good hands.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini

SNOW LANE by Josie Angelini is up for Mock-Newbery discussion today as one of the Heavy Medal Finalists. The title is introduced by Heavy Medal Committee member Kari, who notes that “though the story was inspired by Angelini’s life, it has not been reduced to a problem novel, and Annie and her voice and her story are not easy to forget. This is a small book but it is powerful and deserves strong consideration.”

Heavy Medal Finalist: SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden

SMALL SPACES by Catherine Arden is the featured Heavy Medal Finalist today. In her introduction, Heavy Medal Committee member Katrina points out that “SMALL SPACES is intricately crafted. In just the first chapter, so much groundwork is laid, in ways that are completely necessary to the story…”

Newbery Home Stretch: Pre-Announcement Predictions!

The Newbery Award will be announced on January 28th. Heavy Medal Readers are invited to share their predictions of what books are most likely to earn a gold or silver Newbery seal.