Emily is READY to Heavy Medal!
Hello Heavy Medal friends! My name is Emily Mroczek (Bayci) and I am Steven’s new partner in blogging this season of Heavy Medal. I am a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs (still figuring out what that means) and a mother of two book loving (and eating) babies!
In 2019, I served on the Newbery Committee (shout out to MERCI SUAREZ), but really have an obsession with Mock Newbery. During my first librarian job at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County I was involved in an awesome Mock Newbery program. I haven’t stopped mocking since (except for 2019 because it’s Newbery illegal).
My biggest takeaways from my Newbery experience were:
- to actually READ the manual and criteria, they really do help explain everything
- to trust the committee and trust the process
- and to be open to changing your mind and accepting faults in books you love, or finding the good in books you didn’t love.
I am excited to meet all of you and to discuss and debate books. It is everyone’s unique perspectives that really determine the most distinguished contribution to American literature.
On that note, it’s not going to happen every year but I would love a Newbery winner that tries something new and paves the way for children’s literature. So far I appreciate the perspectives in AMBER AND CLAY and the therapy normalization in STARFISH.
If you’d like to introduce yourself in the comments and say what you want from a Newbery winner, I’d love to hear from you!
Let’s get reading and talking. (Two of my favorite things).
About Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Emily Mroczek (Bayci) is a freelance children’s librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She served on the 2019 Newbery committee. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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