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17 for Spring: Mock Newbery Suggestions So Far

Our list of suggested titles for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery is now up to 17 titles. Check out the ranked list here, which includes a wide range of styles, themes, and subject matter.

April Suggestions: Adding to the Mock Newbery reading list

April suggestions are now open on Heavy Medal. This is your chance to add eligible titles to our growing list of books that could be contenders for the 2022 Newbery Medal.

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 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.

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: 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.