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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.

Twice as Many Titles: The Updated Mock Newbery List

Our newly updated Mock-Newbery list includes 15 new title suggestions from readers. Have you read any of these potential Newbery Medal contenders?

Growing the Mock Newbery Reading List: May suggestions are now open

Read any excellent new children’s books in the past month? Now’s the latest opportunity to add your recommended titles to our “suggestion list” on Heavy Medal. Share authors and titles in the comments section by May 9th and we will add them to our steadily growing Mock Newbery book list.

Early Favorites? The search for 2022 Newbery Medal contenders begins

We’re 10 months away from the 2022 Newbery Medal announcement, but it’s never too soon to start reading. If you’ve read any early 2021 publications that might have a chance at the Medal, add your suggestions to our monthly list between now and March 7th.

Looking Ahead to the 2022 Newbery Medal

With the announcement of the 2021 Newbery Medal, this season of Heavy Medal comes to a close. We’ll return in September to look at the most likely (and maybe some unlikely) contenders for the 2022 Newbery Medal. Between now and then, we’ll build a reading list of the top 2021 title by asking readers to […]

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.

Volunteers Wanted, Second Call: the HMAC is now full

The Heavy Medal Award Committee Still Needs Volunteers! The original list of volunteer committee members was lost, so this is a second chance for any volunteers willing to read, write about, and discuss 15 of the best children’s books of the year.