On Tuesday, January 10th, librarians will once again gather in celebration and exploration of the Newbery experience at our annual Mock Newbery Discussion. A shortlist of books will be discussed in relation to the specific Newbery terms, definitions, and criteria.
Renee McGrath, member of the 2012 Newbery Award Committee will be with us to share some of her experiences this year. Then we will review the CCBC book discussion guidelines and the articles, Exploring Literary Elements through Newbery Discussion and Newbery Criteria: Key Points to Consider. Next we’ll discuss the nine titles that have been selected for their outstanding qualities as well as the variety of styles and genres they represent:
|Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart||Candace Fleming|
|The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale||Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright|
|Inside Out & Back Again||Thanhha Lai|
|Small Acts of Amazing Courage||Gloria Whelan|
|Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert||Marc Aronson|
|Waiting for the Magic||Patricia MacLachlan|
|Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku||Lee Wardlaw|
|Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures||Brian Selznick|
For more information about these titles or to place them on hold, click here.
The reading list also includes From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books by KT Horning. This authoritative text includes chapters on books of information, poetry, and fiction. The more we adhere to the CCBC book discussion guidelines and practice using the vocabulary for discussing literary elements, the closer we’ll be to the Newbery experience.
If you work in a Suffolk County Library, please register for this program online or by contacting SCLS Youth Services.