The Newbery Title Frankenstein
There’s a post right up my alley over at A Fuse #8 Production today. It’s about how certain book titles sound more Newbery-ish than others. Betsy puts forth a few Newbery-sounding titles and challenges readers to do the same.
It made me wonder which words appear most often in the titles of Newbery Medal winning books.
So I decided to find out.
I entered all the titles from Newbery Medal winners into Wordle, a word cloud generator. The more appearances of a word, the larger the font.
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As you can see, there are a few words that stand out:
So, knowing that, here is my title:
Mr. and Mrs. Cross and the Cat King of Summer Hill Road
Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Cross move to a new house on Summer Hill Road and encounter a clan of feral cats with a mysterious leader.
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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