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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 […]

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?

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.”

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri

Now up for discussion in Heavy Medal’s Mock Newbery deliberations: EVERYTHING SAD IS UNTRUE, Daniel Nayeri’s thought-provoking and humorous story of a twelve-year-old immigrant from Iran.

Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finalist: ECHO MOUNTAIN by Lauren Wolk

In today’s Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award discussion we consider Lauren Wolk’s ECHO MOUNTAIN, a powerful historical novel set in the mountains of Maine during the Great Depression.

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.

Newbery-ish: Do expectations limit the scope of a search for the most distinguished children’s book?

What do we think of when we think of a “Newbery book?” Do we jump to the most common and familiar qualities of past award winners? Or can we truly and fairly consider any form, style, content and age range, as long as they result in a truly distinguished children’s book?

Guest Blogger Post: KENT STATE

In his introduction to KENT STATE, Guest Blogger Leonard writes: “the book is beautiful. It is powerful. It directly and continually involves the reader from the very first line.” Join the Mock-Newbery discussion of Deborah Wiles’ innovative book.