September 19, 2023 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Starting Wednesday Sept. 20th, we will focus on certain types of books on Wednesdays. View the schedule in this post.
September 6, 2023 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
After compiling suggestions for the past six months, now is the time to finally start year 16 of Mock Newbery Discussions. Here’s a rough summary of what’s in store on this blog for the next five months.
February 3, 2023 by Steven Engelfried
With the announcement of FREEWATER as the 2023 Newbery Medal winner, our Mock Newbery season is complete. Help us plan next year with our Readers' Feedback Poll and take a look at our early list of possible contenders for the 2024 Newbery Award.
January 23, 2023 by Steven Engelfried
The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Reader's Poll is now open! Choose your top 3 titles from the 16 books on our Heavy Medal Book List. Submit your picks by January 27th at noon EST; results will be annouced on January 28th.
December 23, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
Of all of the literary elements named in the Newbery Criteria, "style" may be the most difficult to evaluate. Emily and Steven share thoughts on how important an author's style can be when trying to determine the winner of the Newbery Medal.
December 21, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
We are happy to introduce this year’s Heavy Medal Award Committee (HMAC). Our 17 members will introduce and discuss the 16 titles on our Heavy Medal Book List (HMBL) here on Heavy Medal, beginning January 2nd (with a practice discussion on Monday December 26th).
December 19, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
Our official Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussions begin in January, with an intense 2+ weeks of in-depth book evaluation and debate. The Heavy Medal Award Committee members will lead the process, but all readers are welcome to join in. Here's our full schedule of book titles and discussion dates.
November 11, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
The final list of 15 (or so) titles for our Heavy Medal Book List isn't ready yet, but today we reveal the "Early Six." Find out what we chose and get an early start on your Mock Newbery reading...
November 7, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
The results are in! Our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery list now includes 58 books, and at least one reader feels that each one of them could wind up winning the 2023 Newbery Medal as the most distinguished children's book of the year.
October 26, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
The Newbery Medal announcement is just three months away. Here's a preview of Heavy Medal activities between now and then, which will include more reader nominations, a mock award committee, a final booklist, high-level book discussion, and two separate Mock Newbery elections.
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