Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mock Newbery Anyone?

Come January 18, 2010 the actual Newbery will be announced to the world at large, along with a passel of other awards. If you have ever dreamed of wielding a ghost of the power of the actual committee and live in Northern Utah join us for the first unofficial Mock Newbery of an as yet unnamed organization of Kid Lit enthusiasts.

We will be meeting at my School Library in Kaysville, 1095 Smith Lane, on January 16th, at 10:00 A.M.

At our first Kid Lit Pie Night Brooke and I hammered out a list of 6 books we thought should be on any rational list.

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Jacqueline Kelly
  • Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
  • All the Broken Pieces by Ann Burg
  • Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

I realize this posting is coming a bit late for some of you, but you have the long winter break to do nothing but read, right? If you have trouble locating some of the books, let me know and I will hook you up. At this point in time all the titles with the exception of Wild Things and Claudette Colvin are tied up in the student mock Newbery we are holding here at our school. Upon last perusal my library was the only one in our district to have the Hoose book and our county library has yet to get it. Come on people! It won the National Book Award!


  1. Can I come if I haven't read all the titles?

  2. Yep, but you do have a long break ahead of you, with lots of reading time available. I can hook you up with most of the titles if you would like.

    And by the way you need to keep negative comments about one in particular book, which you never got to the end of, to yourself.

  3. What? Silencing the critics? Censorship!!! I cry censorship!!!

  4. HA, it's only censorship if you've read the book in its entirety.

    Do you want to be on the side of those who saw the scrotum word on the first page, and then proceeded to decry the Higher power of Lucky?

  5. Ah, but to condemn a book based on ONE WORD is very different than it is to say that one had no desire to finish a book because they found the book lacking in some fundamental quality of story. I think the latter form of criticism highly relevant. (Putting that aside, though, it isn't really censorship - I was just trying to make a joke).