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Sign Up Now for the 2022 Mock Newbery Live!

What: Listen to the Heavy Medal Mock Award Committee, discuss five of the best books of the year, following the process of the real Committee. Watch, listen in, and join the debate with comments and questions before casting your vote to help decide this year’s Mock Newbery winner.

When: Friday, January 21st 1:00 p.m. ET

How: Sign up here

As our book discussions wrap up this week, the committee will vote on a top five list which we are looking forward to discussing in real time!

About Emily Mroczek-Bayci

Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the 2019 Newbery committee. You can reach her at


  1. Too bad! That’s the same day the Mathical committee will be meeting virtually to decide our winners. I’d love to discuss in a group with you again, Emily! 🙂

  2. Can you tell me about how long this usually lasts? Thank you!

    • Steven Engelfried Steven Engelfried says

      The webcast is planned for 90 minutes. About 60 minutes of book-by-book discussion. 10 minutes or so for final comments. Then balloting and the results…

    • Emily Mroczek-Bayci says

      Also you are welcome to come for the portions you can attend for, no worries if you have to come late or leave early!

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