Our fourth annual Maryland Mock Newbery program was held on January 14! After an exciting morning of high-spirited discussion and debate, we held the vote, and the winner was:
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
We also named one Honor book:
Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
Thanks to everyone who participated, discussed, and voted!
We're ready to announce the final reading list for the Mock Newbery! We will be reading:
1. Liar and Spy, by Rebecca Stead
2. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
3. Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz
4. The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March, by Cynthia Levinson
You can register for the program at mdlib.org. Hope to see you there!
The organizers of the Maryland Mock Newbery are blogging over at For Those About to Mock.
We're reviewing current contenders, looking back at past winners, and generally having a jolly old time. Won't you join us?
The Children's Services Division of the Maryland Library Association, in co-sponsorship with ESRL, held the third annual Maryland Mock Newbery program on Monday, January 9. 46 librarians from around the state met in Denton to discuss and vote on five of the best American children's books published in 2011.
Our winner was Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt. Stay tuned for the announcement of the real Newbery Medal winner on January 23. For more information about the Youth Media Awards, and to find out how to watch the press conference via webcast, please take a look at this press release:
Keep an eye on this site. We will be making a couple of interesting announcements soon!
It's official: the 2012 Maryland Mock Newbery will take place on January 9, 2012.
The snow date will be January 23, 2012.
Betsy Bird has just released her mid-year Newbery predictions (and Caldecott too!).
Verse novels, fantasy, and Jack Gantos. Oh my!
If you still haven't had your fill of discussing last year's books, or if you can't wait until next year's Newbery season, School Library Journal has a treat in store for you.
The third annual Battle of the Kids' Books will pit sixteen books against one another in a tournament to the death. Each round is judged by one of the luminaries of children's literature, including Susan Patron, Richard Peck, and Grace Lin.
The first match takes place on March 14, so head on over and cheer for your favorites.
We have our first two suggestions for the year: Small Persons with Wings and Okay for Now. Check them out when you can!
I know that most of you are probably still catching up on this year's winners (Moon Over Manifest is still on my nightstand), but we're looking forward to next year already!
You can recommend eligible titles to us anytime. Just email your suggestions to rachael AT esrl DOT org.
The votes have been cast! The winners of the 2011 Maryland Mock Newbery are...
Winner: The War to End All Wars: WWI, by Russell Freedman
Honor book: One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
Thanks to all of our participants, discussion facilitators, and sponsors for a lively and informative discussion.