I have started a Mock Newbery Club for fifth graders this year. The Newbery Medal is “awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children by the American Library Association”. We are working with the fifth grade students at Fred Hill Elementary in Brockport, NY. The students are very excited judging by the activity on Edmodo! Cathy Mangan, the librarian at Hill Elementary and I selected five titles published this year. The titles we selected are The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm, The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier, El DEafo by Cece Bell, Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas, and Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin. Students will read all five books over the next 2 months, post their thoughts on the books in Edmodo, and vote (using the same criteria that ALA uses) during the last week in January. We will gather together in early February to reveal which book we voted for and which book was officially award the Newbery Medal in February.