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November Nominations Results

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November nominations are complete. Over 30 Heavy Medal readers have weighed in with their top five Newbery contenders so far. Some quick notes about the latest results:

  • No clear leaders: Five books have 10 or more nominations so far, and thirteen titles have received at least 4.
  • New books keep coming: Of the 53 titles nominated so far, 18 are new titles for November; that’s about 33%. Those titles are in red below.
  • Familiar authors: 14 of the books on the list are by authors who have previously won a Newbery Medal or Honor (26%)
  • New authors: 13 of the nominated titles are by first-time authors (25%)

For another look at possible Newbery contenders, check out Elizabeth Bird’s Newbery/Caldecott 2022: Fall Prediction Edition on her Fuse #8 blog. Her list includes some titles you don’t see on our nomination list.

Emily and I will be looking closely at the nominations list to come with our “Early 6” titles for the Heavy Medal Book List which we’ll announce Friday. The final list of 12-15 titles will be announced in December, but we’ll select six titles that clearly need to be on that final list a bit early. If you’re thinking of volunteering for our Heavy Medal Award Committee, this lets you get a head start on your reading. More details about that process are on this post from a couple weeks ago. If you’d like to give a strong recommendation for any titles to appear on the Early 6 list, please do so in the comments below.

We’ll call for two final nominations in early December. Here’s the complete list of nominations so far, with links to Heavy Medal posts for the books we’ve featured:

TITLEAUTHORNOMS
RED, WHITE, AND WHOLELaRoca16
JUST LIKE THATSchmidt13
AMBER AND CLAYSchlitz12
THE BEATRYCE PROPHECYDiCamillo11
STARFISHFipps10
THE SHAPE OF THUNDERWarga7
TOO BRIGHT TO SEELukoff7
LION OF MARSHolm6
A PLACE TO HANG THE MOONAlbus5
FALLOUTSheinkin5
AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERSAlston4
DA VINCI’S CATMurdock4
THE GENIUS UNDER THE TABLEYelchin4
HARRY VS. THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOLJenkins4
FINDING JUNIE KIMOh3
MILO IMAGINES THE WORLDde la Peña3
ONE JAR OF MAGICHaydu3
PITY PARTYLane3
THE RACONTEUR’S COMMONPLACE BOOKMilford3
BEING CLEMCline-Ransom2
BILLY MILLER MAKES A WISHHenkes2
FRANKIE AND BUGForman2
GONE TO THE WOODSPaulsen2
GROUND ZEROGratz2
THE LAST CUENTISTAHiguera2
THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE POKhor2
THE LIST OF UNSPEAKABLE FEARSKramer2
ROOT MAGICRoyce2
THE TROUBLED GIRLS OF DRAGOMIR ACADEMYUrsu2
UNSETTLEDFaruqi2
UNSPEAKABLEWeatherford2
WHILE I WAS AWAYBrown2
365 DAYS TO ALASKACarr1
ALMOST THERE AND ALMOST NOTUrban1
ALONEFreeman1
BLOOD LIKE MAGICSambury1
CECE RIOS AND THE DESERT OF SOULSRivera1
FLIGHT OF THE PUFFINBraden1
HEALER OF THE WATER MONSTERYoung1
KALEIDOSCOPESelznick1
MANY POINTS OF MEGertler1
MAYBE MAYBE MARISOL RAINEYKelly1
OPHIE’S GHOSTSIreland1
PONYPalacio1
RESCUENielsen1
RUNAWAYShepard1
SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEASmith1
STAMPED (FOR KIDS)Reynolds1
SURVIVOR TREEColleen1
WATERCRESSWang1
THE WOLF’S CURSEVitalis1
WE ARE STILL HERESorell1
WILLODEENApplegate1

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Steven Engelfried About Steven Engelfried

Steven Engelfried is the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at sengelfried@yahoo.com.

Comments

  1. Emily Mroczek says

    Thanks for the stats and breakup Steven. I don’t have TOO many new books to read!
    The top six in nominations are all MG chapter books (surprise, surprise) which helps to read in advance because they’re long- but other ones that have a good amount of support and switch up the genres seem promising are Fallout and Harry vs. The First 100 Days of School and the Genius Under the Table. Oops did you say one song contender? #lol

  2. Meredith Burton says

    I love seeing how books get ranked differently with each month of nominations. So glad that Just Like THat has risen more in the rankings. Excellent job in compiling the list, and I look forward to learning what the first six titles for the final list will be.

  3. Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

    In trying to come up with the Early 6, one approach could be just number of nominations. That would put the top 5 books on the list pretty clearly. They all have 10+ nominations and no others have more than 7. But 3 of the top 5 are novels in verse. Is that a reason to take one out? Since the other 2 are a fantasy and a realistic historical fiction, maybe take out one novel in verse and replace with a contemporary fiction (like SHAPE OF THUNDER)? Consider adding a nonfiction like FALLOUT or GENIUS UNDER THE TABLE? Other thoughts…?

  4. I haven’t exhaustively checked the new nominees, but I think at least two have, wait for it… ghosts.

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