June 2018 Starred Reviews

June 2018 stars tally:

  • 726 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1114 starred reviews as of the end of June.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 13 books have 5 starred reviews, 19 books have 4 starred reviews, 66 books have 3 starred reviews, 137 books have 2 starred reviews, 489 books have 1 starred review.
  •  Drawn Together jumps on to the list all the way up at 5 stars, 1 book has been added with 4 stars and 6 books have been added with 3 stars

Since I’m once again running behind, I’m going to move right on to entering July information. Once I have the July reviews done, I’ll update the Newbery and Printz contender lists for both months combined.

6 starred reviews:  2 books

baby monkey private eye book coverdread nation book cover

Continue reading June 2018 Starred Reviews

Advertisements

2019 Newbery Possibilities through May Stars

As of May starred reviews, here’s my lists of books with three or more stars that are eligible for the Newbery. For a reminder of the criteria please visit the official Newbery page or you can get a brief overview at my previous Newbery post. This year my Newbery contender lists are broken down by format: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), and Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books. I have also included a list of books that I think are ineligible with a brief note of why, but here’s your regular reminder that I am not a member of the Newbery committee and have no information on official committee rulings.

With May stars entered, there were 92 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there’s 12 new titles . Lots of new picture books this month, but not a ton of other stuff. See where everything ends up after the jump! Continue reading 2019 Newbery Possibilities through May Stars

2019 Printz Possibilities through May Stars

For a reminder of the official criteria of the Printz and what I consider traditional contenders vs. outliers, please see my previous 2019 Printz post. You can always find the full policies and procedures here.

Not too much movement here this month – most of the new titles with 3 or more starred reviews are picture books or middle grade. There were no new traditional contenders leaving that list at 31 titles; 2 titles have been added to the outliers list for 16 titles total. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through May Stars

May 2018 Starred Reviews

Books with 6 starred reviews; books with 6 starred reviews! We have our first two! Here’s the list of starred reviews up through May.

May 2018 stars tally:

  • 630 books published in 2018 have been awarded 982 starred reviews as of the end of May.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 11 books have 5 starred reviews, 18 books have 4 starred reviews, 61 books have 3 starred reviews, 122 books have 2 starred reviews, 416 books have 1 starred review.
  •  1 book has been added with 4 stars and 11 new books have been added with 3 stars

Drum roll, please!

6 starred reviews:  2 books – Baby Monkey, Private Eye moves up from 5 stars and Dread Nation moves up from 4 stars

baby monkey private eye book coverdread nation book cover

Continue reading May 2018 Starred Reviews

2019 Newbery Possibilities through April Stars

As of April starred reviews, here’s my lists of books with three or more stars that are eligible for the Newbery. For a reminder of the criteria please visit the official Newbery page or you can get a brief overview at my previous Newbery post. This year my Newbery contender lists are broken down by format: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), and Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books. I have also included a list of books that I think are ineligible with a brief note of why, but here’s your regular reminder that I am not a member of the Newbery committee and have no information on official committee rulings.

As of the end of April there were 80 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there’s 36 new titles . See which lists they ended up on after the jump. Continue reading 2019 Newbery Possibilities through April Stars

2019 Printz Possibilities through April Stars

Even though I’m behind, before I add the May starred reviews, I wanted to revisit my Printz and Newbery lists. Today it’s the Printz; hopefully my Newbery update will be up by the end of this week. For a reminder of the official criteria of the Printz and what I consider traditional contenders vs. outliers, please see my previous 2019 Printz post. You can always find the full policies and procedures here.

14 titles have been added to the traditional contenders list for 31 titles total; 5 titles have been added to the outliers list for 14 titles total. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through April Stars

April 2018 Starred Reviews

Here’s the list of starred reviews up through April.

April 2018 stars tally:

  • 532 books published in 2018 have been awarded 836 starred reviews as of the end of April.  10 books have 5 starred reviews, 14 books have 4 starred reviews, 56 books have 3 starred reviews, 110 books have 2 starred reviews, 342 books have 1 starred review.
  •  19 new books have been added for April all with 3 stars and several others that had been previously listed jumped up to 4 or 5 stars

5 starred reviews:  10 books – Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam and Hello, Lighthouse move up from 4 stars; Picture Us in the Light moves up from 3 stars

baby monkey private eye book coverboots on the ground book coverbrazen book coverthe girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book coverhello lighthouse book coverthe journey of little charlie book covermartin rising book coverpicture us in the light book coverthunderhead book cover

Continue reading April 2018 Starred Reviews

March 2018 Starred Reviews

Here’s the list of starred reviews but only up through March. Next up I’ll work on adding April starred reviews to the spreadsheet and posting an updated list once that’s done. Since I’m so far behind, I’m going to wait to update my Newbery and Printz posts until I get that April data all accounted for.

March 2018 stars tally:

  • 447 books published in 2018 have been awarded 680 starred reviews as of the end of March.  7 books have 5 starred reviews, 13 books have 4 starred reviews, 41 books have 3 starred reviews, 84 books have 2 starred reviews, 302 books have 1 starred review.
  • 17 new books have been added for February – 3 with four stars and 14 with three stars

5 starred reviews: 7 books – Baby Monkey, Private Eye; Brazen; The Journey of Little Charlie and Martin Rising move up from 4 stars

baby monkey private eye book coverbrazen book coverthe girl who drew butterflies book coverthe hazel wood book coverthe journey of little charlie book covermartin rising book coverthunderhead book cover

Continue reading March 2018 Starred Reviews

2019 Newbery Possibilities through February Stars

Another year, another crop of Newbery contenders to consider! The Newbery Award is given by the Association for Library Service to Children to

“the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year.” – Newbery Medal Terms and Criteria

That’s a pretty broad charge for the committee, so here’s a few more details:

  • Children are defined as being up to and including the age of 14.
  • Books must be published in the U.S. first; titles originally published elsewhere are not eligible.
  • The author must be a U.S. citizen or resident.

The Newbery committee over the last few years has been making a lot of really exciting choices outside middle grade novels which for a long time were the typical Newbery fodder. The 2018 honors alone included a picture book (Crown) and two titles at the upper end of the age range (Long Way Down and Piecing Me Together). Every year I tweak how I put my lists of Newbery contenders together. Given the continued stretching of the Newbery boundaries, this year I considered just listing titles by the number of starred reviews and pulling out the ineligible titles, but in the end I decided to go with breaking things down by format. The lists will be (at least to start with – we’ll see how this works): Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels/Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), and Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books.

The final list will be books that I think are ineligible – usually it’s because the author isn’t a U.S. citizen or resident, but wordless picture books and titles with previously published content could appear here as well. Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the Newbery committee and I have no knowledge of their official rulings on eligibility – I’m making my best guesses based on the terms and criteria and internet searches regarding citizenship/residency.

Overall, I cast a pretty wide net here – I’m just looking at books with three or more starred reviews and whether they are eligible. For a more directed list of titles to consider, check in with Heavy Medal. They are running a new feature this year where readers can nominate titles to consider each month. You can see the March list and the April nominations opened up this week. You’ll note that there are several titles on the March list that don’t appear here – a good reminder that as wide a net as I cast? It’s likely the Newbery committee members themselves are looking even further afield and have probably read and put aside some of the titles I’m listing.

As of the end of February there were 44 titles with three or more starred reviews. Let’s take a look at how they break down after the jump. Continue reading 2019 Newbery Possibilities through February Stars

2019 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

First, I have to lead with some sad news: Someday My Printz Will Come has had it’s last season. I’m enormously grateful for everything I have learned from all the Someday bloggers and their in-depth analysis of contenders. I will miss their commentary dearly and look forward to whatever their next projects will be!

Next – here’s your annual reminder of the Printz criteria:

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. – YALSA Website

Two additional eligibility notes:

  • Must be published between January 1 and December 31 by a United States publishing house. Works previously published in other countries are eligible the year they are published in the U.S.
  • Must have been designated by the publisher as a young adult book or within YALSA’s stated audience range of 12-18 years.

You can find the full policies and procedures here.

Last year, I broke my list into traditional contenders (novels in the upper part of the grade range) and outliers (younger titles, non-fiction, short stories, essays, etc. – basically everything else). Given that Vincent and Theo‘s honor means that non-fiction has been awarded two years in a row, I’m going to move non-fiction to that first list for this year. I’m also not going to include titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. I’m still sticking with three or more starred reviews; see this Someday My Printz post for why. Lists are after the break! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through February Stars