Friday Exercise: Take backs allowed. #NotsoNewbery
In our second Friday FExercise. we get to have a little fun and do something that was my one of my favorite part of Newbery deliberations: take something back. Is there a book you suggested that you thought was totally Newbery worthy, but after seeing all the other books you decided it didn’t stand up in the field. Now’s the time to voice your opinion!
(And disclaimer this doesn’t mean the books not quality, just that it you don’t think it can stand for a Newbery)
I did have to go back to past suggestion posts to remember what I actually suggested and considering I didn’t even remember some of the books, I’m not sure what to make of that….
Anyways after looking and revisiting my suggested books (which no, you are not required to post) and here’s what I would take back from the suggestion field if I could.
SCIENCE EXPLORERS: SEARCH FOR A GIANT SQUID
This is still one of my favorite books and I’m going to put it on every list I could. I love the conversational and engaging nonfiction style, but it’s hard enough for a nonfiction to stand for the Newbery and I don’t think this presentation fits the Newbery criteria.
THE HUMAN KABOOM by Adam Rubin
This was a book I suggested because I wanted to get other takes. I liked the idea of using a lot of short stories with the same title and such different themes but when I look back there just isn’t enough of the Newbery criteria present.
YOU ARE HERE- edited by Ellen Oh
I’m still upset about this and hoping that the committee finds a loophole, but Steven deemed this ineligible because of all the authors and sadly I must agree….
Take a look at what you suggested. Any titles you would take back? Let us know in the comments…
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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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