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Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST by Uri Shulevitz

The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award discussion begins with CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST, Uri Shulevitz’s memoir of his family’s flights for survival during World War II.

Mock Newbery Discussion Starts Tomorrow on Heavy Medal

Discussion of the 15 titles on the Heavy Medal Book List begins Monday! Here’s a quick look at how the book discussion will work.

Introducing: The Heavy Medal Award Committee

Meet the members of this year’s Heavy Medal Award Committee! These 14 readers will discuss 15 of the year’s best children’s books, culminating in a live Zoom Discussion and a ballot to select our 2021 Mock Newbery Winner.

It All Starts December 28th: The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book Discussion Schedule

Discussion of the 15 books on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book List begins on December 28th. Check out the schedule of titles, and mark your calendar for the final Live Zoom Discussion on January 22nd.

The List is Final: The 15 books that will be part of Heavy Medal Mock Newbery ballot

Announcing the final Heavy Medal Book List. These are the 15 titles that will be read, discussed, and voted upon by the Heavy Medal Award Committee, starting on December 28th.

Volunteers Wanted: Help select our Mock Newbery winner by joining the Heavy Medal Award Committee

The volunteer request for the Heavy Medal Award Committee went out today…and all spots have already been filled. The HMAC will begin discussing the Mock Newbery Finalists in late December.

Final Nominations: 52 titles to consider for the 2021 Newbery Medal

The last of our three nomination periods is closed, resulting in a list of over 52 titles that could be Newbery Medal contenders. We’ll narrow it down soon to the 12-15 titles that will make up the Heavy Medal Book List.

Best Books of the Year Lists vs. Mock Newbery Titles

Every December the major review journals unveil their lists of the best children’s books of the year. Take a look at their top choices compare to the titles that have received the strongest support on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery blog.

Three Voices, One Story…and a Newbery Medal?: Character, narrative, and style in THE SUMMER WE FOUND THE BABY

The use of three child narrators shines in Amy Hest’s newest novel. Guest Blogger Emily Schneider introduces THE SUMMER WE FOUND THE BABY into our Mock Newbery discussion, noting that “a perfect match of style and character make this deceptively simple novel a success.”

Last Chance for Mock Newbery Nominations: Select two final books for December

It’s your final opportunity to nominate titles for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award. After selecting a total of five books previously, readers may now select two more, for a total of seven. Share your titles and the reason why you chose them, and we’ll reveal the final totals soon.