On Tuesday morning, 30 librarians discussed a short list of outstanding books at the 2012 Suffolk County Mock Newbery Discussion. Both groups selected Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai as the winner, and both groups selected The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright (drawings by Barry Moser) as an honor book. Group 1 selected one additional honor book: Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming.
Renee McGrath, Youth Services Manager at the Nassau Library System and member of the 2012 Newbery Committee, joined us to share some of her experience preparing for the discussions that will take place in less than two weeks at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas. Everyone can take part in the excitement of the awards by watching the live webcast of the press conference from their home or library (the webcast begins at 8:30am EST).
The discussion leaders – Ann Burke and Marybeth Kozikowski – did a fabulous job selecting a list of titles that reflect the kind of variety the Newbery Committee sees each year. Ann and Marybeth each facilitated a discussion group and were so appreciative that the librarians came well-prepared and ready to examine the books in the context of the Newbery criteria. Many thanks to all who came and participated – especially the brave souls who stepped up to introduce the nine discussion titles:
|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|