October Mock Newbery Nominations: Share your top three
On this Mock Newbery blog we try to follow the procedures of the real Newbery Committee when we can, and the “nomination” process is one example. On the real Committee, each of the 15 members will nominate 7 titles over the next few months: three in October, two in November, and two more in December. Members include “written justifications” with each nominated title, and this is typically the first chance they have to share specific the rest of the Committee, beyond a “practice discussion” that takes place in the summer. The nominated titles are the ones that will be on the table when the Committee meets to discuss and select the Newbery winner in January.
The Newbery Manual notes that the nominations “make each committee member aware of which books require their closest scrutiny and which they need to re-read.” This year those final discussions will be virtual, as they were in 2021. I wonder if that fact might shift a bit more added weight to the nominations. The written justification might allow a member to call attention to specific strengths of a title which they might not have a chance to raise, especially in a virtual setting.
Here’s how we’ll do nominations on Heavy Medal:
- Nominate three titles in the comments below. Like the real Committee, we’ll require three exactly.
- Listing the three titles is fine, but if you would like to share a bit about why any of them made your list, or any strategic rationale, that’s fine.
- Nominations will stay open through the end of Saturday, October 9th. We’ll post the totals on the 11th.
- The nominations list will help Emily and I decide which books to feature in future posts. It will also be useful as we develop the Heavy Medal Book List, which we’ll announce in early December. That list won’t necessarily match the nomination list exactly, but number of nominations will definitely be a significant factor.
Add your titles to the list below. If you have any questions about our nomination process or about how it works on the real Committee feel free to ask those in the comments below as well:
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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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