Good Comics for Kids
January 19, 2024 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
The Heavy Medal Mock Newbery Webcast "What's it Really Like" was held on Friday, January 19th. Look to see who the HMAC and viewers picked as their Mock Newbery winners.
January 12, 2024 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
A Walk in the Woods is a picture book that conquers the difficult topic of grief and becoming oneself.
January 8, 2024 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
It might be hard to name the format, but it's not hard to know that THE SKULL by Job Klassen is a Mock Newbery 2024 contender.
January 5, 2024 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Introduction by Heavy Medal Award Committee Member Kyra Nay: Let this be a lesson. You can’t disagree with a good story. Or so argues gregarious, charming, resourceful Samir, silver-tongued purveyor of sand-logged bolts of wool, rings that turn men’s fingers green, and the finest cherry paste, with more combs than the Queen of Sheba and his noble […]
January 4, 2024 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Introduction by Heavy Medal Award Committee Member Quade Kelley: The Lost Year is a historical fiction coming-of-age story told through three entwining timelines. The story occurs in the early 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and the 1930s Holodomor in Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Inspired by the author’s family history, the story connects a shared experience of stress, […]
January 2, 2024 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
In this inventive, daring middle grade debut by National Book Award Finalist Amber McBride, history transcends the boundaries of time as a young girl living in pandemic-era Charlottesville grapples with intergenerational trauma through her imagination.
December 29, 2023 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Arranged like a CHINESE MENU, notable author Grace Lin offers readers a delectable feast of the history and folklore behind Chinese foods. Read more about the titles strengths in this introduction by Heavy Medal Committee Member Sabrina Ponce.
December 18, 2023 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Our official Heavy Medal Mock Newbery discussions begin in January, with an intense 2+ weeks of in-depth book evaluation and debate. The Heavy Medal Award Committee members will lead the process, but all readers are welcome to join in. Here's our full schedule of book titles and discussion dates.
December 8, 2023 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Do you love children’s literature? Is Heavy Medal bookmarked on your computer Do you dream of being on the Newbery Committee one day? If you answered yes to any of those questions, consider joining the 2024 Heavy Medal Award Committee!
December 4, 2023 by Emily Mroczek-Bayci
Check out the final list of nominations from Heavy Medal readers. Nearly 60 books were identified as possible contenders for the 2023 Newbery Medal. Will one of these wind up the winner?
Good Comics for Kids
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