November Nomination & The Heavy Medal Committee
In November, we are asking our readers to Nominate TWO more titles (and two in December as well) following the actual Newbery Committee schedule and procedure.
If you already nominated three titles in October, nominate two now — Do not duplicate your own titles but you are free to nominate titles already put in by others.
If you did not submit any nominations in October, you might want to nominate five titles this week. Examine the last round of nomination results below carefully and strategize — are the books that you love already receiving a lot of support? Should you add your voice to those? How about the ones that receive only 2 or 3 nominations but perhaps should receive more support? Is there one that would serve as a good counter point for a title that you wish to win (or vice versa) that should be pushed to the top?
After our December round of Nominations, we will announce the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Finals List. This list will contain FIFTEEN titles that Steven, Sharon, and I select based on many factors, including reader nominations, end-of-year lists, starred reviews, and discussability (a word?).
At this time, we would also like to remind our readers that you are all invited to “serve” on the Official Heavy Medal Committee to discuss and ballot for our own winning titles. In order to be the Official HMC member, you will have to finish all 15 titles, be able and ready to participate fully in the HMC discussion from January 2nd to the actual 2019 Newbery Award announcement on January 28, 2019.
Hare are the list of nominated titles as compiled by Steven in 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 Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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