Last Chance for Mock Newbery Nominations: Select two final books for December
With December just a few days away, it’s time to submit the final two nominations for the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award. This is the last of three rounds for nominations. Like the real Committee, Heavy Medal readers were asked to select three titles in October and two in November. Those results are listed here. Now it’s time to choose the last two.
Making these final picks usually requires some thought. It’s tempting to focus only on books that are not on the nomination list so far. Another option could be to nominate something with multiple nominations, strengthening the support. You can also just forget strategies and only consider the seven titles that are most deserving in your opinion, whatever the rest of the list looks like.
On Heavy Medal, we’ll consider the nominations totals as we select the titles for the Heavy Medal Book List, which will be announced soon. We already know six books that will be on that list, but it’s fine to use your last nominations for any of those six as well.
I’m still thinking about my final two. I’m leaning (again) towards OVERGROUND RAILROAD, partly because I don’t see any picture books on the list so far. I’m considering RETURN OF THE THIEF and THE ENIGMA GAME: both are books from highly praised series for readers on the older edge of the age range. Then there’s BADGER AND SKUNK, which does have a nomination already, but may actually be the strongest contender of the four in my opinion.
I’ll add my final two titles the comments below. Please do the same: you can just name the titles, but you’re also welcome to include a bit about why you chose them. If you missed either of the previous nomination periods you can catch up now, as long as you don’t exceed seven total. December Nominations will close on Thursday, December 3rd.
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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