November Nominations: Only Two This Time!
The real Newbery Committee members will submit two more Nominations in November. They each select three books in October, then two each in November and December for a total of seven. We collected nominations from 22 people in October, and the results are here. Now it’s time to think about two for November.
We’re also working on a Heavy Medal Shortlist. This will be a handful of titles that Roxanne, Sharon, and I select, announced in early December. We’ll use these for online balloting that we’ll do here some time in January. And Sharon, and possibly Roxanne, will use the same list for in-person Mock Newbery programs…details to be announced soon.
For my second round of Nominations, I have five titles I’m thinking about, but only two spots. So how to narrow it down? Since all Nominated titles will start on the table at the Midwinter discussions, I might pass on books that I support if they’ve already been nominated. There may be a strong contender or two that I haven’t read yet, and I would want to make sure I don’t have to leave one off in December. So this time I would pass on HER RIGHT FOOT and THE WAR I FINALLY WON, both of which were nominated by others last month. That leaves me three choices for the two spots. I would feel pretty confident that someone will nominate LONG WAY DOWN, which just came out a couple weeks ago. I would definitely make it a December nomination if it slips through. So that leaves I’M JUST NO GOOD AT RHYMING and THE GLASS TOWN GAME. I’ve written about RHYMING in this blog and will likely post about GLASS TOWN soon.
If you’d like to put forward two books, please do in the comments below. You can say why you nominated them if you want, but titles and authors only are okay too. If you missed Nominating in October and want to join in, go ahead and add five (not allowed in the real committee, but just fine here).
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About Steven Engelfried
Steven Engelfried was the Library Services Manager at the Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon until he retired in 2022 after 35 years as a full-time librarian. He served on the 2010 Newbery committee, chaired the 2013 Newbery Committee, and also served on the 2002 Caldecott committee. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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