Mock Newbery Reading List

October 25, 2010

For those of you unable to attend the actual event, here is the reading list for the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery.  Keep in mind that we aren’t trying to predict the winners so much as select strong contenders based on literary quality, reviews, discussion potential, and variety of ages and genres.

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan.  Illustrated by Peter Sis.  Scholastic, 2010.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer.  Illustrated by Josee Masse.  Dutton, 2010

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood.  Illustrated by Jon Klassen.  Balzer & Bray, 2010.

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz.  Illustrated by Angela Barrett.  Candlewick, 2010.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.  HarperCollins, 2010.

They Called Themselves the KKK:  The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen.  Wendy Lamb, 2010.

Any thoughts on these?  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Let me know!


Mock Newbery 2011

May 26, 2010

Mark your calendars!  The 2011 OLA/WLA Mock Newbery will be held at our very own Cascade Park branch on Friday, December 11.  Linda (CP) and I will be organizing the Washington side of things and helping to select the books for the reading list.  Please let one of us know if you read something that is especially Newbery-worthy.  I’ve been slacking off on my J reading recently, (well, reading in general since I’ve crammed 6 seasons of Lost into a few months,) but I’ve got a tall stack waiting and a long weekend on the horizon!

And the Winner is…

January 11, 2010

OLA and WLA had their joint Mock Newbery workshop on Saturday.  It was a great day.  We had participants from as far away as the Seattle area, Spokane, and Eugene.  The workshop featured two current Newbery committee members, including the current Newbery Chair (!), and past Newbery committee members.  We had an explanation of Newbery criteria, an overview of what it’s like to be on the committee, and a Q & A with past and current committee members.  First we had small group discussions and voting and then we gathered as a large group and voted again.  The eight books we discussed and voted on were:  Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone, Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry, How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills, The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, Red Sings From Treetops by Joyce Sidman, A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin.

Our winner was Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, with When You Reach Me as our only honor book.  Thanks to everyone who participated, to our special guests for sharing their experiences, and to Multnomah County Library for hosting.  By this time next week, we’ll know the real winner!

Note:  I should mention that the current committee members did not participate in the discussions of the 2009 books or the voting!

I mentioned that we had to whittle down the Mock Newbery list to a manageable size. We wanted the list to reflect a range of ages and genres and be short enough that participants could read all of the books before the date and discuss them all in the time allotted. Here are some of the books we had to cut, in case you’re interested:

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

All the Broken Pieces

Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg


There were even more than these that we discussed and that had some real potential. I can’t believe how difficult it is just to come up with a mock list, I can’t imagine what it might be like to be on the committee!

Mock Newbery Reading List

October 14, 2009

If you’re signed up for the OLA/WLA Mock Newbery then you received the reading list in your email today.  For those of you unable to attend, I will share the list.  But first, let me say how difficult it was to come up with this list!  We’re not necessarily trying to predict the winners with this list, but give participants an idea of great books that have been published this year for a range of ages and in a range of genres, AND that will lend themselves to discussion. Since my OLA partner is a current Newbery member, it was left to me to finalize the list.  I hope people are happy with what we chose and excited to discuss these books!

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone. Candlewick, 2009.
Heart of a Shepherd by Roseanne Parry.  Random House Books for Young Readers, 2009.

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick, 2009.

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman.  Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009.

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck.  Dial, 2009.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  Wendy Lamb Books, 2009.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.

Registration is now open for the OLA/WLA 2010 Mock Newbery. You can register here. Cost is $15, and that covers lunch and snacks. FVRL employees will, of course, need permission from their supervisors to attend.  Attendance is limited, so I would encourage you to register sooner rather than later!

ACPL Mock Newberry

July 2, 2009

The Allen County Public Library in Indiana has a great Mock Newbery blog that leads up to their Mock Newbery in January.  They have just published the first of four short lists here.  Check it out and let me know if you’ve read any of the books on the list and what you think.  I’ve read Peace, Locomotion, Anything but Typical, and The Year the Swallows Came Early. I have The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate at home and When You Reach Me on hold.  Looks like I’ve got a lot of catch up reading to do!