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Bored in the woods, raconteur’s something something, just like sadness? Books I didn’t finish

In acceptance that one cannot read every book published in 2021, here are a few titles Emily put down. Can you convince her to revisit any?

Sokrates, Leonardo, Greek Gods, and a Time-Traveling Cat: Historical Fiction Newbery Contenders

The Mock Newbery discussion begins with two unusual historical fiction novels whose characters include Sokrates, a time-traveling cat, the ghost of a young girl, Renaissance painters, and several Greek gods. Do AMBER AND CLAY and DA VINCI’S CAT have the qualities of true Newbery contenders?

Early Favorites: the Mock Newbery contenders we’re most excited about

As we start our Mock Newbery discussion on Heavy Medal, we have some early favorites we’re keeping an eye on. Let us know what you’re thinking about the top contenders so far.

Emily is READY to Heavy Medal!

Hello Heavy Medal friends! My name is Emily Mroczek (Bayci) and I am Steven’s new partner in blogging this season of Heavy Medal. I am a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs (still figuring out what that means) and a mother of two book loving (and eating) babies! In 2019, I served on the […]

Heavy Medal 2022 – A Look Ahead to the Mock Newbery season

The Mock Newbery season is here on Heavy Medal. The next few months will be filled with book discussions, nominations, a Mock election, and occasional conversations about the 100 years of the Medal’s history.

Suggestions updated: Heavy Medal’s current list of possible Newbery contenders

Our list of possible Newbery Medal contenders has reached 59 titles through the end of August. In September we’ll begin discussing this year’s best books, ultimately leading to our annual Mock Newbery Election in January.

End of the Summer Suggestions? Add your favorites to our Mock Newbery list

September suggestions are now open for Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery discussion. Add your top Newbery-worthy titles in the comments below to help create the Mock Newbery book list.

Award Worthy? : Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery Suggestions through August

The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery season starts up again in just one month. Meanwhile, we’ve built a list of over 50 possible contenders for the 2022 Medal. Check out our latest list of suggestions.

August Suggestions: Add to Our List of 2022 Newbery Contenders

Our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussion starts in September. Meanwhile, we continue to build our list of possible contenders for the 2022 Newbery Medal. August suggestions are now open, so add your top titles during the first week of August.

The Latest Heavy Medal Mock Newbery List: Total suggestions through July

The official Newbery Medal announcement is still a half-year away and our list of possible contenders continues to grow. Here is the updated list of reader suggestions” for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery.