Rhode Island Mock Newbery 2021
July 30, 2020
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It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2020. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children’s books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. A letter certifying participation is available for those applying the Mock Newbery program towards professional development.
Program registration: https://tinyurl.com/y3o8zauj
Mock Newbery webpage: http://www.olis.ri.gov/youth/newbery/index.php
Please read at least 7 books for the first meeting. Books that have not been read by half the number of participants at the meeting will not be discussed and will be removed from subsequent lists.
Reading List #1
- The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
- Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk
- From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
- A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese
- The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
- The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
- The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert
- Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
- Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
- Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
- Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
- Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson
- When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
- A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
We'll also be using the RI Mock Newbery Goodreads Group to discuss each of the titles on the first reading a list. A thread has been created for each title and we'll use the comments from the Goodreads discussions as a springboard for our virtual discussions. Start out by introducing yourself in the Introduction thread! Not a member of the group? Click the button below to join now!
Hello old friends!
Our first reading list brings us new stories from several authors who have already taken home the gold or silver. Will the 2021 awards recognize some familiar names?
Additional new or forthcoming 2020 books from previous award and honor winners:
Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor
Village of Scoundrels by Margi Preus
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
1. In identifying "Distinguished Writing" in a book for children,
a. Committee members need to consider the following:
- Interpretation of the theme or concept
- Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
- Development of a plot
- Delineation of characters
- Delineation of setting
- Appropriateness of style
Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.
b. Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.
2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.
3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic content or popularity.
Adopted by the ALSC Board, January 1978. Revised, Midwinter 1987. Revised, Annual 2008.
Mock Newbery Discussion #1
Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6-7:30pm
This is an online event.
It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2020. Please read 7 of the 15 books on the discussion list for the first meeting. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children’s books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place virtually on January 14, 2021 using the balloting procedures of the real committee.
Mock Newbery Discussion #2
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 6-7:30pm
This is an online event.
We’ll continue our discussion of the best children’s books of 2020. Please read at least half the books on the second discussion list. Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place on January 14, 2021 using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The second discussion list will be available on October 13 at http://www.olis.ri.gov/youth/newbery/index.php.
Mock Newbery Discussion #3 - Voting
Thursday, Jan. 14th 2021 at 6-7:30pm
This is an online event.
It’s time to vote for a Rhode Island Mock Newbery winner and honor books! Please read all the titles from the third reading list and come prepared to defend your top picks before we vote using the balloting procedures of the real Newbery committee. The third discussion list will be available on December 7 at http://www.olis.ri.gov/youth/newbery/index.php.