Two More Titles: November Nomination Time
Trick or Treat or Nominate or Bust!
It’s time to nominate two more titles for the Heavy Medal 2023 Mock Newbery.
Readers nominated three titles in October for a total of 42 titles and have two more now, then a final two in December. This ask comes a little early, so we can create our “Early Six” booklist.
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.” 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.
Here’s the Heavy Medal nomination process:
- Nominate two titles in the comments below. Like the real Committee, we’ll require two exactly.
- Listing the two 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.
- If you missed last month, you are allowed to nominate five this month.
- Nominations will stay open through the end of Saturday, November 5th. We’ll post the totals on the 7th.
- The nominations list helps Steven and I decide which books to feature in future posts and develop the Heavy Medal Book List. It also helps force me to actually finish books. (Yes I promised to read and finish every nominated title)
Add your titles to the list below. And feel free to strategize. Yes, you can nominate something that’s already nominated, some argue that it adds weight to the title, others would rather not waste a precious nomination.
This is also a time to think about what books are being overlooked and what unique titles should be considered for the Newbery?
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 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 email@example.com.
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