December 2, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
In the fifth of a six part series where we look at Newbery 2023 potentials and the Newbery criteria, today we focus on delineation of setting. This includes time period, location, any world building and beyond.
November 25, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
As the year nears its end, Heavy Medal readers (and real Newbery Committee members) select two final books to add to the official list of nominated titles. Do you pick your personal favorite? The most likely winners? Take a chance with a long shot? We offer some possible strategies for this final choice and invite readers to share their own.
November 21, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Readers are invited to take part in our “Compare/ Contrast” exercise. Select two titles from this year’s Newbery Medal contenders, and compare them using the Newbery criteria. We'll see which title stands up against the other.
November 16, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Easy Readers are a tough sell for the Newbery Medal, but you never know maybe one can break through.
November 14, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
It's been 33 years since a collection of poems for children has won the Newbery Medal. Could 2023 be the year that poetry breaks through again?
November 9, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
It’s not often that a beginning chapter book wins the Newbery (or even the Geisel award for that matter), but they deserve the spotlight too! Today we take a look at four books that have been receiving a mild amount of buzz this year and see if they can stand up against the Newbery criteria. […]
November 2, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
Graphic novels have earned Newbery recognition three times in the past eight years. Will they break through again in 2023? We take a look at five possible Newbery contenders in the graphic novel format, all of which take place during the middle school years.
October 24, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
With only one picture book nominated for the Heavy Medal mock Newbery, let's see what options are out there for 32 page titles to win the Newbery medal.
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