Looking ahead to Newbery 2025
EMILY: I’m still processing yesterday’s announcements and it’s already time to think about next year!
It’s hard to believe that the reading process has already begun for the 2025 Newbery.
I have received a few arcs already for 2024 titles, but was still focusing on reading and re-reading last year’s contenders. And now I want to catch up on books I missed from the awards. Where are you at in your reading Steven?
STEVEN: I just finished a great book: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Now I’m onto Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead. The only problem: These are adult books. Once HM ends, I always take a break from children’s books. But will get back to those in a month or two.
EMILY: At least we have a little time before Heavy Medal suggestions start. In March we will make monthly suggestion posts and readers can suggest up to five titles for people to consider for the 2025 Newbery.
STEVEN: Those suggestion lists are really useful early in the year, when it’s hard to know what to read beyond new books by authors we know.
EMILY: After yesterday’s announcements I know I need to up my reading in books by American Indian authors, latinx characters, and Stonewall possibilities, and actually read some more nonfiction.
STEVEN: I also have to branch out more…subject areas, genres, ages… One of the best things about being on the Newbery committee is you have to read books you might not otherwise pick up. With a Mock Newbery it’s what I should do, but I tend to fall back too much into my usual reading areas.
EMILY: I’m looking around for possible 2025 Newbery contenders and am not even seeing a Goodreads list yet. I did find a few lists of books coming out in 2024 and here’s what I’m excited about: NOT QUITE A GHOST BY Anne Ursu (spooky and fun?!) and THE NIGHT WAR by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (she already has won two honors)
Do you know any good ones Steven?
STEVEN: Erin Entrada Kelly is always worth trying…she seems so comfortable in any genre. So I’m looking forward to FIRST STATE OF BEING, which has a bit of time travel I guess. And Candace Fleming’s ENIGMA GIRLS is at the top of my nonfiction list so far.
EMILY: I’m excited to hear what other Heavy Medal readers are looking forward to so I can build my TBR list!
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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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