The “Early Six” and “Five Word Friday”
Our discussion of the best children’s books of 2020 leads up to a Mock Newbery discussion and vote, where the not-yet-formed Heavy Medal Award Committee (HMAC) chooses a winner from a list of 12-15 titles. The schedule for how we’ll get there appears in this post from late October. At this point, though, it’s time to develop the Heavy Medal Book List (HMBL).
We can’t pick the final list yet. There are still more books we need to read and discuss, and of course we still need our December nominations.
Steven and I discussed the titles for the Early Six and factors we kept in mind were:
- nominations from Heavy Medal readers.
- rich discussion potential (and already on Heavy Medal)
- buzz beyond this blog.
- variety in forms of genre, format, age level, and uniqueness.
If you’re thinking you might volunteer for the HMAC, or want to take an active part in the discussions, this can give you a head start on your reading. (I tried to make all six picture book titles, but Steven said that defied the point). Without further ado, the 2022 Heavy Medal “Early Six” titles are:
- AMBER AND CLAY by Laura Amy Schlitz
- FALLOUT by Steve Sheinkin
- HARRY VS. THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Emily Jenkins
- JUST LIKE THAT by Gary Schmidt
- PITY PARTY by Kathleen Lane
- RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE by Rajani LaRocca
We’ll continue to discuss more potential titles for the final list, and of course have fun too, starting with “Five Word Friday” where I attempt to describe the new November nominations in five word summaries. October Five Word Friday is here. Please let us know your guesses (or other five word summaries) in the comments.
- hidden drawings and happy horrors
- curse, chicken, or saving the family?
- respecting and remembering past cruelties
- discovering truth with a bit of haunts
- using fears as a power
- from here to there to everywhere
- Life remembered before he says goodbye
- Futuristic speculation while stories save
- mystery, art, grief, and growing pains
- the mammal views grief and life
- wellbeing of unloveable, magical creatures
- reimagine, rethink, reframe the universe
- war & tragedy connects together
- When you really are alone
- sacrifice love, save the family
- Throughout tragedy, strong roots prevail
- Mission: save dad and the resistance
Have a good weekend everyone!
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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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