Hello! So, I’m super late in making this post. Usually it comes out in August or October, I think. BUT! I’m going to roll with it anyway. It’s good professional development, gets me reading outside of my normal genres (Scifi, Fantasy, and Mystery), and gives me some blog post content.
For those of you who are new to the blog or have never heard of a “Mock Newbery”—or even a REAL Newbery, for that matter, let me take a second to explain. According to the Association of Library Services to Children, the Newbery Award is given each year to “author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children”. The conditions for the book to win is that the author must be an American citizen or resident, the book’s publication date must be from the year prior (so all the contenders this year were published in 2019) and it must be an original work.
The Newbery winner is chosen by a committee of 15 public and school children’s librarians. The awards are announced every January (so we're going to be running about a year behind). They must take a vow of silence about the discussions so that every member can express their honest opinions. Between that, and all the books they have to read, being on the committee is a big job and a great honor.
My library system holds a Mock Newbery Professional Discussion session every year, reviewing several LESS books than the actual committee. This year, the following books for the Mock Newbery discussion were chosen:
|Covers from GoodReads|
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Caught! Nabbing History's Most Wanted by Georgia Bragg
The Line Tender by Kate Allen
Orange for the Sunsets by Tina Athaide
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
New Kid by Jerry Craft
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Best Friends by Shannon Hale
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord
Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds