First Ballot

It’s voting time! According to the official award process, committee members would have each nominated 10-15 titles to be semi-finalists back in December. The 10 titles with the most votes are the only titles discussed at the Midwinter meeting in January. For the first ballot, committee members vote for their top five. For the second ballot, committee members vote for their top choice from the top five and discuss whether there will be honor books named or separate categories within the award (children’s, young adult, etc.).

We’ve obviously done things a little differently here at Medal on My Mind. In the past few months, we’ve covered 46 titles. Not all of those titles received glowing recommendations. And we haven’t narrowed down the list to a top 10. But that’s where you come in!

In the comments section of this post, please nominate up to 10 titles to be considered for our shortlist. Based on your votes, we’ll create a shortlist of five titles. Voting for the first ballot will close Wednesday, January 23 at 5:00pm EST. After the results are tallied, we’ll open up the second ballot (in a separate post) until Saturday, January 26 at 5:00pm EST.

Here are all the books we’ve covered thus far! If you don’t see your favorite book of the year, go ahead and nominate it. There is so much more we wish we could have covered.

YA

Middle Grade

Picture Books

Graphic Novels & Comics

Nonfiction


* = We included this book in both categories because there is overlap.

12 thoughts on “First Ballot

  1. Mike says:

    All Out
    Picture Us in the Light
    Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Pirates
    The Brilliant Death
    Prince and the Dressmaker
    What If It’s Us
    Moonstruck, Vol 1
    Julián is a Mermaid
    Prince & Knight
    Check Please Vol 1

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  2. Alec says:

    Darius the Great Is Not Okay
    Picture Us in the Light
    Cardboard Kingdom
    Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
    The Prince and the Dressmaker
    Black Wings Beating
    Hurricane Child
    When You Love Someone You Sing to Them
    Drum Roll, Please
    A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

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  3. Black Wings Beating
    Jack of Hearts
    Odd One Out
    Darius the Great is Not Okay
    Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
    Hurricane Child
    The Prince and the Dressmaker
    The Cardboard Kingdom
    Teddy’s Favorite Toy

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  4. Dani says:

    On a Sunbeam
    Hurricane Child
    The Prince and the Dressmaker
    Darius the Great is Not Okay
    Cardboard Kingdom
    Drum Roll, Please
    All Out
    Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
    When We Love Someone We Sing to Them

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  5. JenLyn says:

    I’d like to nominate P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy for the Middle Grade awards. That books was beautiful and poignant and so so important and broke my heart about 5 times while I read it. I loved it so much and have been recommending it to just about everybody I can think of.

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