The Classroom Bookshelf
January 3, 2022 by Steven Engelfried
THE LAST CUENTISTA is "an incredible novel that underscores the power of storytelling," says Heavy Medal Award Committee Christy Brennen. Join our discussion of the latest title in our Mock Newbery.
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 31, 2021 by Steven Engelfried
Now up for discussion in our Heavy Medal Mock Newbery: HARRY VERSUS THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Emilyl Jenkins, who brings readers into "a classroom with first graders each day, using children's daily conversations."
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 15, 2021 by Steven Engelfried
Our list of 15 Mock Newbery finalists is complete, but that doesn't mean the eventual winning title is on it. Readers are invited to look beyond that list of 15 and name one book that has a real chance to become the 2022 Newbery Medal winner.
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.
October 27, 2021 by Steven Engelfried
Every year on Heavy Medal we finish with a Mock Newbery Election. This year's process will include the formation of the Heavy Medal Award Committee in December, a booklist of 15 finalists, and a live discussion and ballot on Zoom. If you're thinking you might be interested in taking part, here are some details and a rough timeline.
January 4, 2021 by Steven Engelfried
Today's Mock Newbery Finalist is KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES by Kacen Callender, which Heavy Medal Committee member Charlotte Chung describes as "a tender, affecting, and hopeful story of grief, belonging, and transformation."
December 31, 2020 by Steven Engelfried
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's FIGHTING WORDS introduces two sisters dealing with the aftermath of abuse. Join the Mock Newbery discussion of this powerful novel.
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