Mock Newbery Programs Thrive

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Last Stop on Market Street (written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson) won not only the 2016 Newbery, but a Caldecott Honor as well. And yet, here we are.

ALA award announcements happen this Monday, 1/23/17 at 8 am EST (that’s a bracing 5 amuntitled-5 PST for you and me) and can be watched two ways: live streaming from the I Love Libraries Facebook page or with real-time close captioning at http://ala.unikron.com/2017. Set an alarm, have a party in your PJ’s, and root for your favorites! Why not?

Kids across the country have been doing more than that for months. They’ve been reading (and reading) and discussing (usually over their valuable lunch periods) to systematically nominate winners in their Mock Newbery. With the help of teachers and librarians many even use the same criteria as the Newbery committee. How cool is that?

Mock Newbery programs have been spreading across the country for years, but Nina Lindsay, children’s services coordinator at the Oakland Public Library in California, is credited with starting the first back in 2003. For a more detailed history of the movement and a closer look at mock Newbery programs across the country, see the full piece in Publisher’s Weekly.


Maughan, Shannon. (2016, December 16). Who Will Win the Newbery Medal? Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/72339-who-will-win-the-newbery-medal.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=ddeab50e8d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_01_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-ddeab50e8d-305871045.

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