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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.

And the Newbery Winner Is…: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER

The winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal is WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER. And five Honor books were named. Share your reactions to this along with the other Youth Media Awards from the American Library Association that were just announced.

Mock Newbery Reader’s Poll Winner: FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

155 votes have been counted in the Heavy Medal Reader’s Poll, and the winning book is: FIGHTING WORDS by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Will the votes of our readers match up when Newbery Award winner is announced on January 25th?

Announcing the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Winner

After over an hour of intense discussion, broadcast live on Zoom, the Heavy Medal Award Committee selected this year’s Mock Newbery Winner: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE by Daniel Nayeri.

The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Readers’ Poll is Open

Cast your vote in Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Readers’ Poll! Ballots are open through the end of the day on January 23rd. Results will be revealed on the 24th.

Newbery Predictions: What will win? What do you wish will win?

Predict the Newbery Winner! With the announcement of the 2021 Newbery Medal just a week away, it’s time to share your predictions of the titles that have the best chance to be chosen as “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

And Then There Were Five: Announcing the finalists for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award

The Heavy Medal Award Committee will has selected five excellent titles as finalists for our Mock Newbery Award. They will discuss these and vote during a live Zoom webcast on January 22nd. How many of the five finalists rank high on your list of the the best children’s books of the year?

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller

The last book on our Mock Newbery Award list is WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER by Tae Keller. Heavy Medal Award Committee member Barbara Rohrer cites the author’s “magical command of literary devices, voice, and revisionist Korean folktales” as distinguished elements to kick off discussion of this unique novel for children.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed worked together to create WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED, a graphic novel that is “important, relevant, and relatable,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee member Tegen Beese. Will this unique collaborative effort contend for our Mock Newbery award on Heavy Medal?

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SNAPDRAGON by Kat Leyh

In Kat Leyh’s SNAPDRAGON, “it is the moments and conversations that the characters have with each other that truly bring this story to life,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee member Amanda Bishop. This unique graphic novel is now up for discussion as our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery process continues.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: SKUNK AND BADGER by Amy Timberlake

“Amy Timberlake’s SKUNK AND BADGER is a hilarious and poignant tale about compromise,” according to Heavy Medal Award Committee Member Meredith Burton. Read her introduction and join our Mock Newbery discussion.