MORE 'NEWBERY-2021' POSTS
The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Award discussion begins with CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST, Uri Shulevitz's memoir of his family's flights for survival during World War II.
Meet the members of this year's Heavy Medal Award Committee! These 14 readers will discuss 15 of the year's best children's books, culminating in a live Zoom Discussion and a ballot to select our 2021 Mock Newbery Winner.
Discussion of the 15 books on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Book List begins on December 28th. Check out the schedule of titles, and mark your calendar for the final Live Zoom Discussion on January 22nd.
Announcing the final Heavy Medal Book List. These are the 15 titles that will be read, discussed, and voted upon by the Heavy Medal Award Committee, starting on December 28th.
As the announcement of the 2021 Newbery Medal gets closer, here are six books that will definitely be part of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussion and balloting. The complete Heavy Medal Book List will be announced in a couple weeks, so make sure the books on this "Early Six" list are on your radar.
What do we think of when we think of a "Newbery book?" Do we jump to the most common and familiar qualities of past award winners? Or can we truly and fairly consider any form, style, content and age range, as long as they result in a truly distinguished children's book?
In his introduction to KENT STATE, Guest Blogger Leonard writes: "the book is beautiful. It is powerful. It directly and continually involves the reader from the very first line." Join the Mock-Newbery discussion of Deborah Wiles' innovative book.
Heavy Medal readers have selected three titles to put forward as nominations in our Mock Newbery process. Check out the list of 34 of the best children's books of 2020.
Guest blogger Lynette notes that In KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES, "Grief can...reside in the conversations that we have and the words, both said and unsaid, the dead leave behind..." Join our Mock Newbery discussion of Kacen Callender's powerful novel.
In three excellent children's book from this year, new friends solve a mystery from the past, a boy tries to find his place within his family, and a king's attendant decides the fate of an empire. Are any of these creative plots worthy of consideration for the 2021 Newbery Medal?