MORE 'NEWBERY-2021' POSTS
Ten intriguing books have been named on the National Book Award's Longlist of Young People's Literature. Could some of them also be contenders for the Newbery Medal?
Heavy Medal readers are invited to nominate three titles for consideration in our Mock Newbery process. This is the first of three monthly nominating periods between now and December.
Guest Blogger Cheryl introduces WHEN YOU TRAP A TIGER, stating that the book leads readers to feel “like we were grabbing points of light and hope in a world of darkness.” Join our discussion of Tae Keller’s excellent novel.
Authors Jewell Parker Rhodes, Rebecca Stead, and Gene Luen Yang use distinctly different writing techniques in their recently published Newbery-eligible titles. Join our discussion of how excellence in the area of "appropriateness of style" can contribute to a distinguished children's book.
"Presentation of information" can be a key element of distinguished writing according the Newbery Terms and Criteria. ASTRONAUTS, HONEYBEE, and CONDOR COMEBACK are fine examples of excellent informational books for children from 2020. Is that enough to make them Newbery contenders?
Our Mock-Newbery discussion continues with a look at distinguished settings from this year’s children’s books. We’ll examine the ways in which authors create memorable worlds that include the tenuous environment of the post-Chernobyl Soviet Union, a mountaintop in Depression-era Maine, and a mysterious city filled with magical light.
13 Guest Bloggers will be introducing some of the best children's books of the year on Heavy Medal. Here's the schedule with titles and dates for all Guest Blogger posts.
Distinguished books for children often convey powerful themes in innovative ways. Stellar examples from this year include books that explore peer pressure, child abuse, and the impacts of war. Do any of these books have Newbery Medal potential?
An outspoken girl, and introverted boy, and a dog with "swagger" are among the most memorable characters from the pages of 2020's children's books. Are they distinguished enough to merit consideration for the Newbery Medal?