Nominations: First Round Results
October Nominations are closed. We’ll call for two more nominations per person in early November, then again in December. The first round of Nominations was one of my favorite parts of being Newbery Chair. Up to this moment, Committee members don’t have a good sense of what other members are most enthusiastic about. Then the Chair sends out the nomination results, along with written justifications for each title nominated, and everyone sort of resets: shuffling your reading list to cover nominated titles you missed (“oh great, now I’m even further behind than I thought I was”!); taking a second look at books that you were surprised to see nominated (“what did they see that I missed?”); and looking ahead to November and December realizing you only have four precious nominations left.
This first batch on Heavy Medal is fascinating: Far more people nominated titles this year compared to last October (32 vs. 13!), but fewer people have commented about books so far. 38 books received Nominations out of a possible 96 (if all 32 people had nominated different books), which shows a lot overlap…even a little more overlap than I’d expect. We have a relatively small number of books with just a single nomination (11), which over 70% of the nominated titles received nominations from at least two people.
It can be tempting to look at the early nomination leaders and declare them front-runners, but that can be deceptive. Several nominated titles just came out and likely not everyone has gotten to them yet: ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE by MT Anderson and Kate DiCamillo’s LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME, for example, seem likely to garner more in future rounds (I just finished one and just started the other).
We will do a call for two more nominations in early November, then for the final two in early December. These nominations are helpful for us at Heavy Medal as we decide what titles to post about. They will also help us develop our Heavy Medal Short List and Long List. These are lists we’ll use for an online poll and for an online Mock discussion that will take place in January. More about those will be posted here later. Meanwhile, here are the nomination totals for October:
Five books received 4 or more Nominations
FRONT DESK – 10
THE BOOK OF BOY – 9
JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE – 6
JUST LIKE JACKIE – 5
THE TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE – 4
Five books have 3 Nominations
THE ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE
THE PARKER INHERITANCE
Eighteen books have 2 Nominations
THE ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE
BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS
THE GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES
HOPE IN THE HOLLER
IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD
LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME
OUT OF LEFT FIELD
PENDERWICKS AT LAST
THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER
SEASON OF STYX MALONE
Eleven books have 1 Nomination
THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER
BETTY BEFORE X
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER
PETER & ERNESTO
THE POET X
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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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