Hi everyone! Welcome to my mock Newbery blog. I'm hoping this first post is a way to get things started, especially in terms of book ideas.
Suggestions, please! I'd love to have any and all suggestions for books that would both qualify and have the quality we're looking for, so we can all get started reading! So, any books published this year so far (for children up to the age of 14) that you'd like to suggest might make fine candidates for a Mock Newbery?
Oh! Are you wondering what a Mock Newbery is? Well, it's a chance for a group of people (in this case, it'll take place somewhere in Oakland) to get together and discuss a pre-determined list of books (perhaps 8-10 of them). In this special book discussion the group will be pretending to be the real Newbery committee and will use the same criteria that the real committee uses (although with WAY fewer books) to discuss the books and choose a Newbery winner and honor book(s). It's always fun to have this discussion just before the REAL Newbery winner is announced and see how close our choices lined up with the actual Newbery committee's selections.
You can learn more about how the Newbery is selected here and you can see the winners from the past real Newbery here.
So, please start suggesting books that are worth looking into as potential candidates for our Mock Newbery!