About the MMN


The first Maryland Mock Newbery discussion was held in January 2010, through a collaboration between the Children's Librarians of the Eastern Shore and the Children's Services Division of the Maryland Library Association. In 2011, the program became an official MLA program, co-sponsored by CLES and CSD.

Past Winners and Honorees:


Winner: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Honor book: Splendors and Glooms, by Laura Amy Schlitz


Winner: Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt


Winner: The War to End All Wars: WWI, by Russell Freedman

Honor book: One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia


Winner: When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

Honor books: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly; The Year the Swallows Came Early, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice


In the spirit of Frederick Melcher and the first Newbery committee, we hope that the Maryland Mock Newbery will accomplish three main goals: stimulate local recognition for great children’s literature; hone our skills in recognizing, selecting and defending good writing for children; and ultimately serve the interests of young readers in Maryland.


1. Readers are invited to suggest recommended titles throughout the year. To suggest a title, please email Rachael Vilmar - rachael AT esrl DOT org. Titles will be added to this site as they are suggested.

2. We will also be discussing eligible titles at our blog.

3. We will publish the final reading list in November.  Near that time, the MLA office will begin to accept registrations for the Maryland Mock Newbery discussion.

5. The MMN discussion will take place in January 2013. More information about the program will be sent out to participants as they register.