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Printz Possibilities Wrap-Up

Now it’s time to talk Printz! Someday My Printz Will Come has crowned it’s Pyrite Winner and continues to vote for its Honor slate. My local Young Adult Librarian Discussion group (miss you all!) met earlier this month and named The Hate U Give as their Mock Printz winner with You Bring the Distant Near and Landscape with Invisible Hand as their Honors.

In general, The Hate U Give is cleaning up at Mock Awards – so if you are one of the few who haven’t read it yet? I suggest you get on that!

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the last Printz post are marked in bold. There’s a handful of picture books that have one review that hits age 12 with their ranges; I’ve excluded those because there’s plenty here to look at without them!

The Usual Disclaimers: The criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – this is just one way to identify titles to read if you enjoy following the awards like I do. Also, I am in no way affiliated with the official Printz committee.
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Newbery Possibilities Wrap-Up

Mock Award groups all over the country are reading their final books and preparing for their decisions; Heavy Medal is getting ready to vote online and the Oakland results are in! The actual ALA Youth Media Awards ceremony will be on Monday, February 12 beginning at 8 a.m. MT (woohoo! I can actually get up at a normal time this year!) and can be viewed here. Here’s my last round-up of titles that meet the Newbery criteria.

One note: some people clearly feel that One Last Word by Nikki Grimes could indeed be eligible. I still lean on the ineligible side due to the inclusion of previously published poems, but would be happy to be incorrect and wanted to recognize the varied opinions out there. Final decisions on eligibility are made by the Newbery Committee Chair and the Priority Group Consultant.

The usual disclaimer: I have no official connection to the Newbery Award or Committee – nothing I say here has any bearing on the Committee’s deliberations. I’m merely an avid fan and data nerd.

Brief reminder of the basic Newbery qualifications:

  • 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.

Here’s how the four lists break down:

  • List one: Novels solidly in the age range
  • List two: Everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc.
  • List three: YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old.
  • List four: What I think are ineligible titles – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons.

Of course, this list is just considering titles via the lens of starred reviews. There are many more ways to find worthy titles and I encourage you all to explore them as much as possible. Some years are like last year and The Girl Who Drank the Moon (5 starred reviews) takes home the medal, but you never know when it’s going to be a Moon Over Manifest year (2 starred reviews) or a Last Stop on Market Street (3 starred reviews and a picture book to boot) year!

As of the end of December there were 214 titles with three or more starred reviews. New titles are marked in bold.
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Printz Possibilities Updated for October Stars

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the last Printz post are marked in bold. There’s a lot of them because it’s been so long since I had time to put this list together!

I do want to remind everyone that the criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – there are plenty of books out there that the real committee members will be looking at that aren’t on this list and some that are on both of these lists that they’ve probably already judged unworthy of serious consideration.
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Newbery Possibilities Updated for August Stars

I’m back! It’s been awhile – between family things and preparing for and attending the Illinois Library Association’s annual conference (where I was on a panel discussion for the first time – slightly terrifying, but mostly fun!), my nerdy book stat stuff had to take a back seat.

I didn’t have a chance to update my list of possible Newbery contenders over the summer at all which means this is four months of added titles. Unfortunately, since that meant adding over 70 books it took me so long that the data is immediately out of date because it does not account for any September or October starred reviews (entering September reviews is next on my blog/spreadsheet list of to-dos). I will try to post another update once the September data is in since hopefully that will be a smaller task.

Please note that I have no official connection to the Newbery Award or Committee – nothing I say here has any bearing on the Committee’s deliberations. I’m merely an avid fan and data nerd. For people with far more experience who have actually served on the Newbery Committee I encourage you to check out SLJ’s Heavy Medal blog.

Also, welcome to my new readers; I’ve been seeing a significant increase in views this fall which is great! I would encourage you to read the Starred Reviews page for a list of which journals I track (there are many entities that give starred reviews out and I do not follow all of them) and an explanation of my notation system.

Brief reminder of the basic Newbery qualifications:

  • 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.

Here’s how the four lists break down:

  • List one: Novels solidly in the age range
  • List two: Everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc.
  • List three: YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old.
  • List four: What I think are ineligible titles – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons.

DIsclaimer: My eligibility rulings are far from final – I’m making my best guesses based on the terms and criteria and internet searches regarding citizenship/residency.

Also – please remember starred reviews do not have the same criteria as the Newbery. There are plenty of titles not on this list that the committee will likely be looking at for a variety of reasons.  This list is just one way to focus your reading, I encourage you to seek out excellent children’s literature in other places as well!

As of the end of August there were 161 titles with three or more starred reviews. New titles are marked in bold.
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Newbery Possibilities Updated for April Stars

Brief reminder of the basic Newbery qualifications:

  • 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.

Here’s how the four lists break down:

  • List one: Novels solidly in the age range
  • List two: Everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc.
  • List three: YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old.
  • List four: What I think are ineligible titles – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons.

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.

Also – please remember starred reviews do not have the same criteria as the Newbery. There are plenty of titles not on this list that the committee will likely be looking at for a variety of reasons. This is just one way to focus your reading.

As of the end of April there were 87 titles with three or more starred reviews.
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Printz Possibilities Updated for April Stars

See the Early Printz Possibilities post for information on criteria and how I’m dividing the lists. Titles new to the list since the April stars have been entered are marked in bold. We have five new traditional contenders with three or more stars and six more outliers.

I do want to remind everyone that the criteria for starred reviews varies significantly from the criteria for the Printz – there are plenty of books out there that the real committee members will be looking at that aren’t on this list and some that are on both of these lists that they’ve probably already judged unworthy of serious consideration.
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Early Newbery Possibilities

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

Additional criteria notes:

  • 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 committees as of late have been delightfully wide-ranging in their choices including everything from picture books to graphic novels to poetry to memoirs to non-fiction. So this year, I’m breaking up my lists a little differently. Looking at everything with three or more starred reviews from the six journals I track, I’m dividing titles into four lists. The first list is novels since even with the titles noted above, this is what makes up the majority of past Newbery winners and honors. The second list is everything else solidly in the age range: graphic novels, non-fiction, picture books, poetry collections, etc. The third list is YA titles that technically hit the age range, but are probably too old. The fourth list is books that I think are ineligible – mostly due to nationality of the author, but there’s a few listed there for other reasons. To be clear: 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.

As of the end of March there were 71 titles with three or more starred reviews.

ETA 5/10/17: Please see the note towards the bottom of this post for some additional links and commentary on The Secret Project and Undefeated.
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My Mock Printz To-Read Goals January-April

As noted in my previous post, looking at starred reviews through the end of March there are 21 traditional Printz contenders and 23 outliers. Throw in your books from previous winners and honorees plus buzz books and dark horses and that’s a LOT of books.

Thinking about my reading habits, I know I’m never going to be able to read all of those. I’m already behind on where I wanted to be for my mock award-prep reading, so I thought I would try setting some goals. Therefore, I’m picking three books published in each month to try to read to be at least semi-informed in the mock discussions. Read on to see what I picked from January through April to be added to my TBR pile. Descriptions are from the Palatine Public Library catalog except for where noted. Continue reading My Mock Printz To-Read Goals January-April

Early Printz Possibilities

Now that the first quarter of starred reviews have all been entered let’s start breaking it down by award. First up, the Printz.

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.

Given these criteria, when I make my Printz list, I include anything that hits the 12-18 year age range in at least one review and has three or more starred reviews. For why I stick with three or more stars, see How Many Stars Does It Take to Catch a Printz? over on Someday My Printz Will Come However, given what historically is honored most of the time (novels in the upper part of the age range), I divide the list into two parts. The first part is “traditional” contenders and the second part is outliers with reasons why noted. Ignore the outliers at your own risk *cough*NavigatingEarly*cough*. Read on to see this year’s first list. Continue reading Early Printz Possibilities

September 2016 Printz Contenders

printzcontendergraphicCatching up slowly but surely. Here’s the update on what has 3 or more stars and hits the Printz age range after all the  stars from September journals have been entered.

See the April Printz Update for information on how I’m compiling these lists. The first list is more traditional contenders. The 2nd list is the titles that just barely touch the age range or are non-fiction.

165 titles have been awarded 3 or more stars this year (6 stars-4, 5 stars-11, 4 stars-50, 3 stars-100). 2 of the 6 star books is too young; 2 of the 5 star books is too young, 17 of the 4 star books are too young, 45 of the 3 star books are too young. That leaves us with 99 books to consider. Books that are new to the list this month are in bold.

List One (44 titles):
American Girls by Alison Umminger
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan – 4 stars
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – 4 stars
Character, Driven by David Lubar – 4 stars
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – (Graphic)
Draw the Line by Laurent Linn
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston – 4 stars
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – 4 stars
Flannery by Lisa Moore
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett – 4 stars
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
Half Lost by Sally Green
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge – 6 stars
Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung –  4 stars
March, Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – 5 stars
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – 4 stars
My Name is Not Friday by Jon Walter
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier
The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – 5 stars
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 stars
The Reader by Traci Chee – 4 stars
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan
The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King – 4 stars
Summer Days and Summer Nights ed. by Stephanie Perkins – 4 stars
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty – 4 stars
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham – 4 stars
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – 4 stars
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
When We Was Fierce by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo – publication delayed indefinitely – 4 stars

List Two (42 titles):
Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann – 4 stars
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson – 4 stars
Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur
The Best Man by Richard Peck – 5 stars
Booked by Kwame Alexander – 4 stars
Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow
The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox
Dara Palmer’s Major Drama by Emma Shevah
Dive!: World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines by Deborah Hopkinson
The Door By the Staircase by Katherine Marsh
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – 4 stars
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – 4 stars
Ghost by Jason Reynolds – 4 stars
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – 4 stars
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – 5 stars
The Great White Shark Scientist by Sy Montgomery
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis
The Inquisitor’s Tale or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz – 4 stars
Jazz Day by Roxane Orgil – 6 stars
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Moo by Sharon Creech
Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson – 4 stars
The Most Important Thing by Avi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker – 4 stars
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
Prairie Dog Song by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – 5 stars
Samurai Rising by Pamele S. Turner (Non-Fiction) – 4 stars
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan – 4 stars
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet – 5 stars
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier – 4 stars
The Storyteller by Aaron Starmer
Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin
Vietnam: A History of the War by Russell Freedman – 4 stars
We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman – (Non-Fiction) – 5 stars
Wet Cement by Bob Raczka – (Poetry) – 5 stars
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin – 4 stars
Wild Robot by Peter Brown – 4 stars
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk – 5 stars
The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Williams Beckhorn

For complete publication information on any of these titles check out the spreadsheet. Happy reading!