Coming Soon (Tomorrow) Wednesday Roundups
In our end-of-the-year survey last year, we received a lot of feedback about planning our book discussions in advance and giving notice so people can participate in discussions. We will as always announce our Early 6 in the beginning of November and our complete Heavy Medal Book List in mid-December, but this year we decided to try something new.
On most Wednesdays, we will have Wednesday round-ups where Steven and I feature different topics and focus on books that were suggested or nominated (or other contenders). We’ll look at what’s been suggested, our personal frontrunners, general thoughts, and titles we still want to read.
Steven even categorized all the already-suggested books for us, so you can see what titles will be talked about on what day (and don’t be limited by this list, please discuss other Newbery eligible titles too).
This is also a good time to look at titles you suggested and think about if they are actually Newbery worthy.
Here’s the schedule and titles and happy reading (and discussing!) As always, just comment with any questions.
NEARER MY FREEDOM, THE LAST PLASTIC STRAW, IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE: A TRUE STORY, SUPERPOD, DOOMED…, THE FIRE OF STARS, JUST JERRY, RACE AGAINST DEATH: SCIENCE EXPLORERS: SEARCH FOR A GIANT SQUID WE GO WAY BACK, MONA LISA VANISHES (I think there might be one or two of these I would unsuggest if I could)
September 27- Graphic Novels
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING, SUNSHINE, BEAKY BARNES: EGG ON THE LOOSE, MEXIKID, BEAWOLF, FAMILY STYLE, PARACHUTE KIDS, SCHOOL TRIP, SQUISHED
October 4- Poetry
MY HEAD HAS A BELLYACHE, PUSH PULL MORNING, THE RED EAR BLOWS ITS NOSE, ANIMALS IN PANTS… are there any more hidden poetry titles?
October 11- Easy Reader/ Short Chapter Books
THE SKULL, HENRY LIKE ALWAYS, EVERGREEN.. definitely looking for more in this category! It’s my dream to see an easy reader win it all!
October 18- Picture Books
AN AMERICAN STORY, ALL THE BEATING HEARTS, THAT FLAG, EVERGREEN, THE FIRE OF STARS, HOW TO WRITE A POEM, ROCK ROSETTA ROCK…
November 1- Almost YA (ages 13-14)
NEARER MY FREEDOM, SUNSHINE, IT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY, BUFFALO FLATS, FOR LAMB IMPOSSIBLE ESCAPE: A TRUE STORY., STATELESS, DOOMED, FAMILY STYLE. HALF MOON SUMMER, RACE AGAINST DEATH
November 8- Books in Verse
THE SONG OF US, NEARER MY FREEDOM, ANIANA DEL MAR JUMPS IN, EBB AND FLOW, WHEN CLOUDS TOUCH US, GOOD DIFFERENT, NO MATTER THE DISTANCE, MIRROR TO MIRROR, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, THE ORDER OF THINGS (definitely too many titles here to discuss them all! and I’m sure there’s more!)
November 15- Top Nominated Titles
Titles To Be Nominated!
Remember these titles are just a starting point. Unlike the real committee, on Heavy Medal books don’t have to be suggested to be nominated! And Emily is always worried we are going to miss something, though Steven reminds me that’s OK!
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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