It’s Time to Vote
The announcement of the 2018 Newbery Medal is just 12 days away. You can watch the announcements of all of the ALA Youth Media Awards on February 12th. Meanwhile, here at Heavy Medal we have two separate mock-awards going on:
As Roxanne announced yesterday, the Heavy Medal 15, consisting of 15 people who have read every single book on our long list (18 titles) will be voting today. Those votes will be weighted ballots, just like the Newbery Committee uses: 4 points for a first place vote, 3 points for second place, 2 points for third place. Results of their first ballot will be shared on Heavy Medal on Friday, February 2nd.
It’s possible that their first ballot will not result in a winner. According to Newbery procedures, the Medal book must “receive at least 8 first-place votes and have an 8 point lead over the book with the second highest number of points.” If there is no winner on the first ballot, the Heavy Medal 15 will have the chance to discuss the contending books, with the aim of convincing others to change a vote or ranking. And then a second ballot will take place, with results announced soon after.
Meanwhile, we invite everyone who reads this blog to take part in our General Heavy Medal Poll. With this poll, you do not have to have read all 18 books. Select the three titles you think should win the Newbery, without ranking them. Place your vote on the poll at this location by Wednesday, Feburary 7th. We will share the results on Friday, Februay 9th. If you’d like to share the reasons why you chose what you did, please do so in the comments below.
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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 email@example.com.
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