July 2019 Starred Reviews

July 2019 stars tally:

  • 786 books published in 2019 have been awarded 1245 starred reviews as of the end of July. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 8 books have 5 starred reviews, 32 books have 4 starred reviews, 74 books have 3 starred reviews, 173 books have 2 starred reviews, 497 books have 1 starred review.
  • No new books with 6 starred reviews; 2 books move up to 5 starred reviews from  4 starred reviews; 2 books move up to 4 starred reviews from 3 starred reviews; 17 books have been added with 3 starred reviews

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June 2019 Starred Reviews

June 2019 stars tally:

  • 666 books published in 2019 have been awarded 1062 starred reviews as of the end of June. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 6 books have 5 starred reviews, 32 books have 4 starred reviews, 59 books have 3 starred reviews, 148 books have 2 starred reviews, 419 books have 1 starred review.
  • No new books with 6 starred reviews; 1 book moves up to 5 starred reviews from  4 starred reviews; 2 books with 4 starred reviews are new and 1 book moves up to 4 starred reviews from 3 starred reviews; 7 books have been added with 3 starred reviews

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2020 Newbery Possibilities through May Stars

Just like with the Printz, there’s no April Newbery roundup – instead please enjoy this roundup that covers April and May.

For this blog’s purposes, contenders have three or more starred reviews and are broken down into these lists: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books, and Ineligibles.

Standard 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. For a more thorough breakdown of the criteria you can see my first Newbery post of the year or just go read the official word from ALSC.

As of the end of May there were 90 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there are 38 new books listed here. Lists are after the jump. Continue reading 2020 Newbery Possibilities through May Stars

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2020 Printz Possibilities through May Stars

You’ll notice there’s no April Printz update – I just didn’t get to it and it seems irrelevant at this point. Honestly, this May post almost feels irrelevant, but so many books were added to the May starred reviews list that I think it will be easier for me to do this one than skip it and add more with the June reviews! For information about criteria please see my first Printz post for this year or check out the official Printz criteria page.

90 (38 new between April and May) books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of May 2019. 40 (19 new) of those are picture books, poetry collections or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 24 (10 new) are young adult novels, 2 (1 new) is a young adult comic; 5 (1 new) are young adult non-fiction; 13 (4 new) are younger novel outliers and 6 (3 new) are other outliers.

The organization paragraph that repeats each month: This year I’ve organized contenders by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. There’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not including titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post. Continue reading 2020 Printz Possibilities through May Stars

May 2019 Starred Reviews

May 2019 stars tally:

  • 606 books published in 2019 have been awarded 962 starred reviews as of the end of May. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 5 books have 5 starred reviews, 30 books have 4 starred reviews, 53 books have 3 starred reviews, 130 books have 2 starred reviews, 386 books have 1 starred review.
  • No new books with 6 starred reviews; 1 book moves up to 5 starred reviews from  4 starred reviews; 3 books with 4 starred reviews are new and 8 books move up to 4 starred reviews from 3 starred reviews; 22 books have been added with 3 starred reviews

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April 2019 Starred Reviews

Yes, you’re reading that right – this is just the April starred reviews list. I’ll be skipping the April Newbery and Printz updates in favor of moving right into entering May starred reviews in the spreadsheet.

April 2019 stars tally:

  • 511 books published in 2019 have been awarded 794 starred reviews as of the end of March. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 4 books have 5 starred reviews, 20 books have 4 starred reviews, 39 books have 3 starred reviews, 119 books have 2 starred reviews, 327 books have 1 starred review.
  • No new books with 6 starred reviews; 1 book moves up to 5 starred reviews from  4 starred reviews, 4 titles with 4 starred reviews are new; 9 titles have been added with 3 starred reviews

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2020 Newbery Possibilities through March Stars

Here’s my very late March roundup of Newbery titles. Please keep in mind this isn’t taking into account April and May stars. I’ll be adding those to the spreadsheet soon (I hope). I will probably skip April Printz and Newbery updates and just do one for each of those that covers both April and May together.

For this blog’s purposes, contenders have three or more starred reviews and are broken down into these lists: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Comics, Non-Fiction, Picture Books (Fiction and Non-Fiction), Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books, and Ineligibles.

Standard 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. For a more thorough breakdown of the criteria you can see my first Newbery post of the year or just go read the official word from ALSC.

As of the end of March there were 52 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there are 11 new books listed here. Lists are after the jump. Continue reading 2020 Newbery Possibilities through March Stars

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2020 Printz Possibilities through March Stars

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” I’m really feeling Carroll’s White Rabbit and this quote this Spring, but here’s the March update for Printz contenders based on starred reviews. For information about criteria please see my first Printz post for this year or check out the official Printz criteria page.

52 (11 new this month) books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of March 2019. 21 (5 new) of those are picture books, poetry collections or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 14 (2 new) are young adult novels, 1 is a young adult comic; 4 (1 new) are young adult non-fiction; 9 (2 new) are younger novel outliers and 3 (1 new) are other outliers.

The organization paragraph that repeats each month: This year I’ve organized contenders by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. There’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not including titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post. Continue reading 2020 Printz Possibilities through March Stars

March 2019 Starred Reviews

March 2019 stars tally:

  • 421 books published in 2019 have been awarded 649 starred reviews as of the end of March. 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 3 books have 5 starred reviews, 17 books have 4 starred reviews, 30 books have 3 starred reviews, 95 books have 2 starred reviews, 274 books have 1 starred review.
  • On the Come Up and Shout both move up to 6 starred reviews; 1 book is new with 5 starred reviews and 1 book moves up to 5 starred reviews from 3 starred reviews, 2 titles with 4 starred reviews are new with 5 titles moving up from 3 stars; 8 titles have been added with 3 starred reviews

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2020 Printz Possibilities through February Stars

Time to update the list of Printz contenders for February starred reviews. For information about criteria please see my first Printz post for this year or check out the official Printz criteria page.

This year I’ve organized contenders by format: Novels, Comics, Non-Fiction. There’s two outliers lists – one for younger novels and one for anything else (essay collections, short stories, younger comics, etc.). I’m still not including titles that end at age 12 for their review ranges (i.e ages 8-12) unless I’ve heard Printz buzz about them. To see why I stick with three starred reviews despite this year’s winners not justifying that, see this old Someday My Printz post.

41 books have three starred reviews or more as of the end of February 2019. 16 of those are picture books or novels with an audience that doesn’t fit the Printz age range so aren’t mentioned here at all. 12 are young adult novels, 1 is a young adult comic; 3 are young adult non-fiction; 7 are younger novel outliers and 2 are other outliers.
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