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Last Chance for Comments on the 15 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Books

Our discussion of the 15 books on our Heavy Medal Book List winds up this week. Now’s your chance to add any final thoughts to our Mock Newbery discussion before our Final 5 is decided this weekend.

Mock Newbery Discussion Starts Tomorrow!

Over the next few weeks, members of the Heavy Medal Award Committee will introduce and discuss all 15 titles on our Mock Newbery Book List. Here’s a rundown of how the discussions and the balloting will roll out.

Meet the 2022 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 2022 Mock Newbery Winner.

Volunteers Wanted: Join the Heavy Medal Award Committee

Its’ time to form the Heavy Medal Award Committee (HMAC). If you would like to play a deeper role in the Heavy Medal discussions, please submit an interest form by Saturday December 11 at 5 p.m.

Help us finalize our Heavy Medal Book List

With nearly 70 titles on our Heavy Medal Book List, we need to narrow it down to 12-15. Please fill out our poll by Saturday December 11 at 5:00 to help us determine which titles we should discuss.

How are we doing? What are we missing?

59 books have been suggested so far and it’s no surprise that most titles are middle grade. Here we take a look at Heavy Medal suggestions by the numbers.

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.