Newbery Nominations – 1st Round in October
(updated: Sunday, November 3rd)
The October Nominations is closed. Tallies will be posted Monday, November 4th, and next round of 2 nominations will start in mid November.
In October, the real Newbery Committee members submit their first nominations. Here at Heavy Medal, we try to simulate the process without overburdening our readers. Instead of writing justifying paragraphs for each of your nomination, all our readers have to do is list three eligible titles — keeping in mind that you will have the opportunity to nominate four more titles – 2 in November and 2 in December.
In the real Newbery work, only titles officially nominated by committee members would be discussed at ALA Midwinter conference where the winner and honor titles are determined each year. If all 15 members nominate the same 7 titles, there would be just seven books to be considered. If they all nominate different titles, no overlapping, then the highest possible number of books “on the table” is 105 (7 x 15.) . The reality is that quite a few titles would be nominated by multiple members so usually there are a few dozen titles to receive close examination in the closed-door meetings.
At this time, we invite all readers to nominate three titles. Just a list of Title and Author’s last name would do.
Here are my October nominations:
New Kid by Craft
A Place to Belong by Kodahata
Sweeping Up the Heart by Henkes
We look forward to seeing your nominations.
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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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