Friday, July 13, 2007

My First Post!

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!


Richie Partington, said...

I am delighted to recommend my favorite of the year, THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary D. Schmidt, for the Mock Newbery.

Richie Partington, MLIS
Richie's Picks

Ed Sullivan said...

A few favorite titles of mine this year are:

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Way Down Deep by Ruth White
Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller
How To Steal a Dog by Barbara O' Connor

Ed Sullivan

ladyhawk said...

My favorite book for children so far this year is GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! by Laura Amy Schlitz. It is a series of monologues by young people of an English village in the 13th century, and it is vivid and vibrant and just terrific.

Anonymous said...

Let's see..
I really liked EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE by Lauren Tarshis.
The mysterious edge if the heroic wolrd by e.l. koningsburg.

Sharon said...

I second Richie's and Ed's (or am I thirding it?) for The Wednesday Wars, what an AMAZING book!

I'd also add In Search of Mockingbird as a title for consideration.

Thank you for doing this!

The other Sharon

literaticat said...

My fave this year (so far) is WILD GIRLS by Pat Murphy. October, Viking.

Susan T. said...

Kimchi & Calamari, by Rose Kent

Susan T.
Chicken Spaghetti

Tasha said...

I also love Wednesday Wars. How about The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

escheinman said...

My favorites so far are Wednesday Wars and Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree.
Emily Scheinman
Banana Seed Books and Media

Sarah Miller said...

Chalk up another vote each for Wednesday Wars and The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I'd also like to submit Aurora County All-Stars (Deborah Wiles) for consideration.

Thanks to Ed for mentioning Miss Spitfire!

Erin said...

I second Miss Spitfire and would also like to mention The Rising Star of Rusty Nail by Lesley Blume.

Little Willow said...

Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (though I think this is more of a category/genre all its own)

Emily Jiang said...

I went to Nina's MockNewbery last year and loved it. Thanks, Sharon, for organizing a new one!

I also recommend The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

Becky said...

So many of my favorites are already mentioned. I loved The Wednesday Wars. Loved Miss Spitfire. Loved In Search of Mockingbird. Loved Reaching for Sun. But one of the books I loved that hasn't been mentioned yet is Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley.

Becky said...

I have just finished reading the Rising Star of Rusty Nail by Lesley M.M. Blume, and I loved it. So I definitely think it should be considered here. I also loved Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson.

Luli said...

My favorite book so far this year is

Book of a Thousand Days
by Shannon Hale

Fantastic! Quite possibly her best work yet.

Anonymous said...

I nominate: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat.