November Nominations Results – 67 titles so far!
Thank you all so much for another round of robust nominations. Here are some stats:
- 60 Heavy Medal readers have now participated in the nominations process since October.
- 247 nominations total.
- 39 of the 60 reader-nominators have put forward five titles each, the others nominated either just in October or just in November.
- The list now contains 67 titles: from single mention to 18 nominations.
Of the 20 books with 5 or more nominations, we’ve had Heavy Medal posts on 12. We’ll cover at least five of those in the next couple weeks (and yes, that includes JUST LIKE JACKIE). At the same time, we had 32 new titles nominated this month, so we’ll be looking at those (we’ve read some, but not all) and deciding what to highlight in the coming weeks. At the end of this post, please find all the titles and nomination counts for October and November combined. (This post, just so you know, has Steven’s name on it, but it’s written by both Steven and Roxanne)
There is one more round of nominations to come. We’ll call for 2 more nominations in the first week of December.
In the actual committee, with only 15 members nominating, and duplication of titles being supported, the total will be somewhat smaller than 67, even though the mathematical maximum number of titles would be 75 by now (15 people x distinct 5 titles each). Of course, it also would not be the mathematical minimum of 5 if everyone nominated the exact same 5 titles. We imagine that the number is probably floating around 45 or so with a balance of unique nominations and overlapping ones.
As some readers have noted, November nominations resulted in Heavy Medal specific phenomena that would most likely not happen in a real Newbery Committee: single nominations, “incorrect” number of nominations, and friends and family nominations. Since this is a public forum and your HM bloggers are mere hosts of the site that do not select participants in the public discourse, certain guidelines for real Newbery Committee Members agreement have not been emphasized. From the Newbery manual:
“Members should not accept appointment or nomination to an award committee if they have a close family relationship (parent, spouse/partner, son/daughter) or a personal relationship with the author or illustrator of any book that may be eligible which could reasonably be seen by an independent observer to cause a conflict of interest.”
And thus, even though The Unforgettable GuInevere St. Clair received 11 nominations, on the compiled list, we only listed it as receiving two nominations because most of the 11 nomination comments came in as single nominations from first time commenters who are family and professional associates of the author. (We did follow up and verify this.)
We are glad that they found Heavy Medal, appreciate their strong support of the author, and wish that they will become long term HM readers. However, we have to discount those nominations to present a more accurate picture.
Here are all your current nominees and the nomination counts they have received so far:
Four books received 10 or more nominations –
FRONT DESK – 18 (30%)
BOOK OF BOY – 13 (22%)
JOURNEY OF LITTLE CHARLIE – 12 (20%)
JUST LIKE JACKIE – 11 (18%)
Ten books received between 6 and 9 nominations –
LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME – 9 (15%)
PARKER INHERITANCE – 9 (15%)
SNOW LANE – 9 (15%)
GHOST BOYS – 8 (13%)
HEY KIDDO – 7 (12%)
REBOUND – 7 (12%)
TRUTH AS TOLD BY MASON BUTTLE – 7 (12%)
ASSASSINATION OF BRANGWAIN SPURGE – 6 (10%)
GIRL WHO DREW BUTTERFLIES – 6 (10%)
IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD – 6 (10%)
Six books received 5 nominations –
BENEFITS OF BEING AN OCTOPUS
Six books received 4 nominations –
BOOTS ON THE GROUND
HOPE IN THE HOLLER
PENDERWICKS AT LAST
Five books received 3 nominations –
ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE
MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER
MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS
SEASON OF STYX MALONE
Thirteen books received 2 nominations –
DAY YOU BEGIN
MARCUS VEGA DOESN’T SPEAK SPANISH
OUT OF LEFT FIELD
PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER
UNFORGETTABLE GUINEVERE ST. CLAIR
Twenty-three books received 1 nomination –
ADRIAN SIMCOX DOES NOT HAVE A HORSE
ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER
BETTY BEFORE X
CARMELA FULL OF WISHES
DRUM ROLL PLEASE
MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL
PETER & ERNESTO: A TALE OF TWO SLOTHS
ROAD TRIP WITH MAX AND HIS MOM
SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS
SO TALL WITHIN
WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW
YOU GO FIRST
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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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