Newbery Winners? You be the judge!. Why do a Newbery Selection Project?. Encourages students to read Gives them a ready choice for independent reading times
This project is an easy sell. Every school has at least one teacher who loves to see their students reading and will jump at any opportunity to encourage it. Pitch this project and you might find a new best friend!
We select books from reviews, blogs, other Mock Newbery lists, and other sources. We aim to have 25-30 different titles, and 2 copies of a title when possible.
Junior Library Guild
The Horn Book (now owned by JLG)
School Library Journal Starred Reviews
School Library Journal Blogs
Other Mock Newbery Lists
(Google “Mock Newbery 2011”)
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We explain how the American Library Association gives out many book awards every year, including the Newbery and Caldecott. We explain the difference between the two, and read the ALA criteria for the Newbery.
We tell the students that this is their chance to be a book critic, that they will be reading some of the best books published in the past year, and decide which ones they think deserve to win.
We tell the students that we have observed some commonalities in many (but not all) past Newbery Winners, and have our own additional criteria. We have developed a form called “And the winner is…”
We pass out the forms and go over them. We tell students they will fill one out after reading each book, and it will help them make predictions.
We explain how we have chosen from the books published in 2010, and that these are some of the best ones written this year. I give brief book talks to highlight several of the titles.
When all the books have been introduced, we begin to sign them out, and the students are given time to begin reading immediately.
Over the next few months, students read, excitedly discuss and recommend their favorites, fill out their rating forms, and choose new books as they finish others.
Statistics and ratings are recorded throughout the duration of the project. At any time, students can see each book’s rating and how many people have read it.
As the Awards ceremony nears, we sign out last-chance books, go over the results and top predictions, and prepare for our Awards Party. We talk it up and tell them it is the “Oscars” of the Book World!
We gather to watch the ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast. It is festive and exciting! We have snacks and invite other classes to join us. The kids get so excited when they see one of the books we have read win an award. We encourage cheering for the winners!