Monthly Archives: September 2018

2019 Newbery Possibilities through August Stars

There’s a ton of new titles to check into with this update because it’s covering three moths of added reviews: June, July and August. Heavy Medal is back in full swing and they actually do some in-depth analysis to identify contenders, so I encourage everyone to check in on the discussions over there – especially if you’re overwhelmed by the amount of titles listed here and want to narrow your reading focus.

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. A few notes on titles that were added this month: I think  Check, Please!: # Hockey is ineligible because it was originally published as a webcomic, but I’m not at all sure of that. Also, for anthologies I’m currently only looking up editors. If the editors meet the nationality/residence requirements I’m putting them on the contender lists; if they don’t (with some basic searching, I think Elsie Chapman is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. resident sadly knocking out A Thousand Beginnings and Endings) I’m putting them on the ineligible list. If anyone has additional info on eligibility for any of the titles I’ve got on the ineligible list, please let me know in the comments!

With August stars entered, there were 139 titles with three or more starred reviews which means there’s 47 new titles . I’ve noted next to titles if they made the National Book Longlist or were named Kirkus Prize Finalists since that adds a little extra weight to their chances. See where everything ends up after the jump! Continue reading 2019 Newbery Possibilities through August Stars

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2019 Printz Possibilities through August 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.

Summer ate my time, so we’re looking at three months worth of additions here – 18 new traditional contenders and 13 new outliers. I’ve noted titles which made the National Book Award Longlist and will continue adding award information as it pops up. Now that award season has started, I’m really missing all the insight from the Someday My Printz Will Come team. We must all try to muddle through without them though so lists are after the jump! Continue reading 2019 Printz Possibilities through August Stars

August 2018 Starred Reviews

As noted in my last post, the National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature has been announced! A few of them haven’t even been released yet, but all except for A Very Large Expanse of Sea (due out October 16) can be found on the list below. I suspect once reviews start coming in for A Very Large Expanse of Sea, that will also show up on the spreadsheet and probably the three stars or more list. For now I’ve made a note next to each longlist title; I’ll remove that note when I update for September.  Next step will be the shortlist announcement on October 10, but first will come the Kirkus Prize Finalists announcement on Tuesday, September 25.

August 2018 stars tally:

  • 987 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1521 starred reviews as of the end of July.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 25 books have 4 starred reviews, 97 books have 3 starred reviews, 195 books have 2 starred reviews, 653 books have 1 starred review.
  • 2 books have been added with 4 stars and 17 books have been added with 3 stars

As I was looking at these numbers, I started wondering how it compared to other years. Since I now have monthly data for three years, I made a chart:Chart showing August tally of starred reviews over three yearsMostly the numbers are holding steady this year, except for 4 starred reviews where this year is a little low (25 compared to 44 and 40 in previous years) and 1 starred reviews which have seen a significant increase (653 compared to 548 and 513). Hopefully once the 2018 titles are mostly recorded, I’ll be able to take a look and see how the yearly numbers compare!

For now, let’s move on to the lists of titles with three starred reviews or more! Continue reading August 2018 Starred Reviews

July 2018 Starred Reviews

Some month I’m going to be able to say that I’m completely caught up. This is not that month. I finally have July stars entered, but still have work to do since it’s already almost mid-September. I need to get the August stars sorted out before I do updated Newbery and Printz posts. But in better news, Heavy Medal is back and starting off their season! If you’re into the Newbery Medal and mock discussions, check out their opening list of titles to watch.

Award season is going to get started pretty soon as well! The first date I have on my calendar is this Wednesday, September 12 when the National Book Longlist for Young People’s Literature will be announced followed by September 25 when the Kirkus Prize Finalists will be announced.

As far as starred reviews go, I can tell the Fall publishing season is being reflected here because books with 3 starred reviews jumped from 66 to 82 titles which is huge compared to what was added in June.

July 2018 stars tally:

  • 858 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1322 starred reviews as of the end of July.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 21 books have 4 starred reviews, 82 books have 3 starred reviews, 167 books have 2 starred reviews, 571 books have 1 starred review.
  •  A Big Mooncake for Little Star jumps on to the list all the way up at 5 stars, 1 book has been added with 4 stars, and 18 (!) books have been added with 3 stars

6 starred reviews:  2 books

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Continue reading July 2018 Starred Reviews