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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 Unfortunately, since that meant adding over 70 books it took me so long that the data is immediately out of date because it does not account for any September or October starred reviews (entering September reviews is next on my blog/spreadsheet list of to-dos).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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August 2017 Starred Reviews

With the return of Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott it’s the official opening of Mock Awards season! For more mock awards fun be sure to check in with Guessing Geisel who have been going strong all summer and Someday My Printz Will Come once they return.

It’s also the opening of actual awards season with the announcement of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature longlist this morning and don’t forget to watch for the Kirkus Prize shortlist to be announced Tuesday, September 26.

UPDATE: Thanks to readers Avan and Matt who pointed out online only starred reviews for The Black Witch (from Booklist) and Lexie the Word Wrangler (from Kirkus). I’ve added both to the three star list now and updated the numbers below.

In the process of looking into that, I also discovered an online only starred review from Kirkus for Stanley’s Numbers. There may be more starred online only reviews from Kirkus, but I haven’t yet found an easy way to search that, so it’s going to take me a while to sift through those on the Kirkus website. I was able to double check Booklist through their advanced search function, so I don’t think I’ve missed anymore from them.

Please – I encourage anyone who notices something missing to let me know! I definitely appreciate the help.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to Kazia who pointed out that York: The Shadow Cipher was recorded with two different titles with two stars each (York and The Shadow Cipher) so actually has four stars!

UPDATE #3: Whelp, I’m on fire this month, friends! Thanks to Jennifer Schultz who pointed out that I cited When’s My Birthday? in one instance as What’s My Birthday? – a book that, to my knowledge, does not exist. That moved When’s My Birthday? up to the four stars list. Numbers and citations are updated below.

August 2017 stars tally:

  • 917 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1531 starred reviews as of the end of August.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 17 books have 5 starred reviews, 44 books have 4 starred reviews, 98 books have 3 starred reviews, 208 books have 2 starred reviews, 548 books have 1 starred review.

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July 2017 Starred Reviews

Mock Awards season approaches so let’s take a look at where we stand after July journals have been entered.

July 2017 stars tally:

  • 830 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1364 starred reviews as of the end of June.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 17 books have 5 starred reviews, 36 books have 4 starred reviews, 85 books have 3 starred reviews, 178 books have 2 starred reviews, 512 books have 1 starred review.

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June 2017 Starred Reviews

For a variety of reasons June and July got away from me this year: Summer Reading at work along with training two new hires, my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary in July (Congrats again Bob and Monica!) which included a party at my home – the list could go on, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the stars, so without further ado….

June 2017 stars tally:

  •  699 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1151 starred reviews as of the end of June.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 31 books have 4 starred reviews, 71 books have 3 starred reviews, 147 books have 2 starred reviews, 433 books have 1 starred review.

OK – just a slight more ado before we get to the lists – in case you didn’t see the update to my previous post, Kelly Jensen kindly let me know that I had incorrectly recorded Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World as two separate books with two stars each. It actually has four starred reviews! My apologies and thanks to Kelly for pointing it out. And if you hadn’t picked this one up before, you really should. It is part of my vacation reading this week and I can assure you it should not be missed!

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May 2017 Starred Reviews

I had a wonderful time at ALA seeing friends and checking out the latest books from publishers; many thanks to those I saw – especially Beth from Bloomsbury who had some very kind words about this  blog! Since it’s the last day of June and I’ve just finally finished the May stars update, I’m going to skip the May Newbery and Printz posts and go right into adding the June starred reviews.

ETA: The numbers below have been updated to include Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World as a 4 star title rather than two 2 star titles. My thanks and apologies go to Kelly Jensen who noticed and pointed out the error to me.

May 2017 stars tally:

  •  593 books published in 2017 have been awarded 1003 starred reviews as of the end of May.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 24 books have 4 starred reviews, 65 books have 3 starred reviews, 138 books have 2 starred reviews, 349 books have 1 starred review.

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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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April 2017 Starred Reviews

Hello, my reading friends and fellow book nerds! I’m making lemonade from my lemons today – home sick with almost no voice, so I had time to write a blog post before a much-needed nap. I haven’t noted where titles have moved up this time around (say from 5 starred reviews to 6 like Vincent and Theo), but anything that is entirely new to the list is marked as such in the citations.

April 2017 journals have been entered; here’s the tally:

  •  510 books published in 2017 have been awarded 852 starred reviews as of the end of April.
  • 2 books have 6 starred reviews, 9 books have 5 starred reviews, 23 books have 4 starred reviews, 53 books have 3 starred reviews, 121 books have 2 starred reviews, 302 books have 1 starred review.

On to the list of titles!
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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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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