MORE '2020-NEWBERY' POSTS
It's time for November Nominations! Heavy Medal readers are invited to submit two more Newbery-worthy titles to our list of nominated books.
Music, Race, and the American Dream: Female voices will not be silenced.
Who knew that when THE HATE U GIVE debuted two years ago, it will generate a film and numerous accolades to be on the New York Times Bestsellers List for more than 80 weeks. After I finished reading THUG, the first words out of my mouth was, what’s next? And watching many interviews with Ms. […]
Current Mock Newbery Nomination Result and a Brief Discussion of DiCamillo, Henkes, and Reynolds
Top 17 Heavy Medal nominated titles are revealed and some of the big names in Children's Literature: Kelly, Kadohata, DiCamillo, Reynolds, Henkes, are featured on this list, but none are front runners!
One of the scariest children's books of the year features a deadly plague, fox who kills his children, and a villainous version of Beatrix Potter. Can a scary book win the Newbery?
Have you read Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut fantasy? If the answer is no, do yourself a favor and read it. Kelly’s novel is inspired by Filipino folklore that resonates as a memorable coming-of-age story about loyalty, friendship, individuality, beauty, and heroism of twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita’s mother falls ill with an incurable illness, Lalani begins on […]
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin Some debut novels are written and go overlooked, never to be heard from again. This post I would like to discuss author Lisa Moore Ramee’s beautifully crafted story and timely work of middle-grade fiction, A GOOD […]
Under consideration for Heavy Medal's latest mock-Newbery discussion: A school bus road trip novel, a shark-themed coming of age story, and a friendship caper told through emails and texts.
Kwame Alexander's powerful picture book The Undefeated, Jo Ann Allen Boyce's This Promise of Change, and Jasmine Warga's Other Words for Home are all verse narratives. Given the increasing popularity of verse presentations, all three might have a shot at the 2020 Newbery!
We are so excited to be able to offer even more perspectives this year here at Heavy Medal! Annisha, welcome welcome welcome! Roxanne: Now that we’ve had been reading the many reader suggestions (more than 60 titles!), perhaps we could each pick 2 or 3 that we would love to see advance far in the […]
Heavy Medal returns for a 12th year of book discussion and Newbery predictions. Here's a quick look at what the next several months of our Mock Newbery blog will look like...