Teen Librarian Toolbox
January 21, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
There were more than 400 attendees at Heavy Medal's live Zoom Mock Newbery webcast where STARFISH won the Heavy Medal Mock Award and AMBER and CLAY claimed an honor.
January 18, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
There are so many strong titles and possibilities for the 2022 Newbery. Here are some predictions in many different categories.
January 12, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Andrea Wang's WATERCRESS is a gorgeous picture book with exemplary prose and juxtaposition says Heavy Medal Award Committee member Stephanie Saggione in her introduction. Join our Mock Newbery discussion of this picture book.
January 8, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
One of the most loved books on Heavy Medal this season was Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. Heavy Medal committee member Andrea Tyler introduces its' strengths.
January 7, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
PITY PARTY is the quintessential story for middle school students. It’s a party no one wants to go to, but we have all been there. The interpretation of the theme is well done throughout the book and presented in different ways.
January 4, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Let’s talk about the one graphic novel on our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery list this year. THE LEGEND OF AUNTIE PO by Shing Yin Khor is a historical graphic novel with a bit of a reimagining of the Paul Bunyan tall tale thrown in.
January 2, 2022 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Our second week of Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussion opens up with Just Like That by Gary Schmidt, introduced by Heavy Medal Award Committee member Louie Lauer.
December 27, 2021 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Laura Amy Schlitz uses many styles and forms of writing to tell the story of Melisto and Rhaskos in the complex work of Amber & Clay.
December 17, 2021 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Heavy Medal will take a short break before diving into our in-depth book discussions on Monday. December 27th. Now it's the time for re-reading (or reading any titles you missed so we can be ready to discuss.)
December 13, 2021 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
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 27th.
Teen Librarian Toolbox
by Amanda MacGregor
100 Scope Notes
by Travis Jonker
The Classroom Bookshelf
by Denise Davila
Good Comics for Kids
by Lori Henderson
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