Sunday, November 21, 2010
When Mocking Reading is a Good Thing
The 2011 Newbery Award winner will be announced on January 10, 2011. For the first time, Queens is joining libraries and schools across the country in speculating which book will be awarded this medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Mock Newbery titles selected by Queens Library include:
Out of My Mind
by Sharon Draper
The War to End All Wars
by Russell Freedman
by Kimberly Willis Holt
by Kate Milford
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
by Lynne Rae Perkins
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
This is an enjoyable professional development opportunity to offer librarians serving youth. The process began early this year when the Children's Materials Specialist formed a small committee of interested children's librarians. Suggestions were gathered each month through email with two in-person meetings necessary to narrow and vote out titles.
We are holding our debut Mock Newbery event on a morning a few days before the official award winners are announced. As it does require much reading, participation is optional. There will be time to discuss each book, followed by a vote (as detailed in the Newbery Selection Manual)and finally the announcement of the winner and honor books.
All children's librarians participate in the Mock Caldecott as part of our regularly scheduled youth services meetings. These titles will be announced shortly!
Mock Newbery Resources:
Newbery Award terms & criteria
Don't be fooled by authors without American citizenship!
Lisa Van Drasek, librarian at Bank Street College of Education, holds a Mock Newbery each year with her students. She posted her selections back in September, along with more behind the mock process.
Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog featured on School Library Journal
Allen County Public Library chose an impressive reading list of twenty two titles for librarians to discuss, and also offers a more concise list for children in grades 3 -6 who are interested in participating.
Kings County Library System narrowed the field down to eight choices, and invites parents and children to join the discussion and voting.
Elizabeth Bird, children's librarian at New York Public Library, previous Newbery committee member, and blogger extraordinaire, speculates from time to time on what will be chosen for this award as well as the Caldecott.