Who Will Win? 2023 Newbery Predictions
As we narrow down our Heavy Medal Mock list and prepare for our Zoom conversation, the 2023 Newbery committee is also rereading titles before their big discussions. We touched base to determine our predictions.
HMAC Newbery Winner:
Emily’s Pick: AIN’T BURNED ALL THE BRIGHT by Jason Reynolds. Yep,I think the committee sees a lot of strength in this one and is going to come to a consensus that Jason Reynolds made the magic happen.
Steven’s Pick: I’m guessing a tight race between THE LAST MAPMAKER and THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS, and give the nod to OGRESS.
Heavy Medal Zoom Viewers Poll Winner: (sign up for Friday’s Zoom session here)
Emily’s Pick: THE LAST MAPMAKER. I feel like the votes are gonna come in heavy for this one.
Steven’s Pick: THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS. Since it’s also my HMAC pick, and I believe the viewers of the discussion will be heavily influenced by the words and insights of our amazing committee.
Heavy Medal Readers Poll Winner:
Emily’s Pick: THE OGRESS AND THE ORPHANS. (I promise I did not cheat and look at any poll results)
Steven’s Pick: THE LAST MAPMAKER by a nose over OGRESS (I also did not cheat). Not everyone’s favorite, but lots of people like it a lot. It’s been a favorite with HM readers all year and has held up pretty well in discussion.
2023 Newbery Winner
Emily’s Pick: Is it a cop out to say I HAVE NO IDEA? OK fine, FARMHOUSE! Sophie Blackall making history with her one sentence picture book.
Steven’s Pick: THE DOOR OF NO RETURN by Kwame Alexander. Important story, powerful themes, riveting plot. And the verse form works very well.
The One You Wish Would Win, But Probably Won’t:
Emily’s Pick: AFRICAN TOWN, love, love, love. And watch it doesn’t win anything anywhere.
Steven’s Pick: BUZZKILL. And if that’s too much of a longshot, maybe AVIVA VS. THE DYBBUK.
We Discussed on HM, but Maybe Another Award if Not Newbery [Printz, Sibert, Belpre, etc.]
Emily’s Pick: I MUST BETRAY YOU for the Printz! I’m still in shock this one didn’t make our final five.
Steven’s Pick: I’m thinking about BLUE for the Caldecott. And I would be happy to see BUZZKILL or HOW TO BUILD A HUMAN (or both) on the Sibert list.
Emily: I’m actually the most curious about what title (s) we totally missed this year… last year it was A SNAKE FALLS TO EARTH… We’ll see what happens!
Steven: I’m always interested to see what makes it outside traditional fiction. Will there be any nonfiction (BUZZKILL! BUZZKILL!), graphic novels, or picture books?
And as always, please leave your predictions in the comments- we love to see them!
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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