Happy Monday Everyone! It’s Becky and I am here to share with you my latest pick of 2019 for a book that I feel should be considered for the Newbery Award. In case you’re not familiar with the award it is a award given out annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished contribution for children’s literature. Books considered for this award must be aimed at an audience from birth to 14 years of age. You can find more information about this award on the American Library Association website here.
Title: Sweeping Up the Heart
Author: Kevin Henkes
Summary: Amelia wanted to spend spring break in Florida but her stuffy professor father refused so now Amelia is forced to spend her time off in her normal boring hometown. However, when she connects with Casey, a boy from the pottery studio in town, Amelia embarks on a journey that leads her to truths about herself and her father.
Newbery Consideration: Sweeping Up the Heart is all about growing up. Amelia is desperate to understand her family especially the role of her long deceased mother played in forming Amelia’s relationship with her father. She is grappling with changes in her home life and social life while not really being ready to deal with the outcomes of those changes. Henkes perfectly explores the themes of change, growing up and mourning through Amelia’s experience and it is that exploration that the Newbery Committee may chose to acknowledged. Henkes has twice been awarded Newbery Honors for his work and he may find that the third times the charm this year.