2023 Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book List
It was a long phone call, there was a lot of debate and changes and negogiations, Steven may have cried (just kidding he didn’t cry), but we made a 2023 Heavy Medal Book List!
A few points:
- Yes, there’s 16 titles, but we just couldn’t narrow it down and felt we needed these 16 to have robust, well-rounded discussion. Also seven of these titles are shorter (graphic novel, picture books, nonfiction) so hopefully won’t be too overwhelming.
- We are planning on having a “practice discussion,” with our runner-up title MAIZY CHEN’S LAST CHANCE.
- As always, I’d like to give a shout out to the 52 nominated titles that did not make our book list (and to all the stellar titles published this year)
- Without further ado, here is our list of 16 titles that will be discussed and voted on for our Heavy Medal 2023 Mock Newbery!!
AIN’T BURNED ALL THE BRIGHT- Jason Reynolds
ATTACK OF THE BLACK RECTANGLES- A.S. King
AVIVIA VS. THE DYBBUK– Mari Lowe
BERRY SONG- Michaela Goade
BLACK BIRD, BLUE ROAD– Sofiya Pasternack
BLUE: A HISTORY OF THE COLOR AS DEEP AS THE SEA AND AS WIDE AS THE SKY: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
DOOR OF NO RETURN– Kwame Alexander
FARMHOUSE– Sophie Blackall
HOW TO BUILD A HUMAN: IN SEVEN EVOLUTIONARY STEPS– Pamela Turner
I MUST BETRAY YOU– Ruta Sepetys
THE LAST MAPMAKER- Christina Soontornvat
MARSHMALLOW CLOUDS- Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek
THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS– Kelly Barnhill
A ROVER’S STORY- Jasmine Warga
SWIM TEAM- Johnnie Christmas
VIOLET AND JOBIE IN THE WILD– Lynne Rae Perkins
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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