Our second Mock Newbery Club began last week. The Newbery Medal is “awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children by the American Library Association”. Fifth graders were invited to join this group and agreed to read five books selected by myself and the two other librarians working with me, Cathy Mangan from Fred Hill Elementary in Brockport and Linda Paul at Terry Taylor Elementary in Spencerport. The books we selected for students to read are: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Like a River: A Civil War Novel by Kathy Canon Weichman, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, and Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar. There was a lot of discussion involved in choosing the books to read- there were so many great new titles to choose from. We vary the genres and like to include a graphic novel to mix up the reading.
We will be talking about these books using Edmodo. The students are very excited and are such avid readers! Two of my students have already finished four of the five books!
Students take notes on each book so they will be able recall details from the book as they discuss them online. The Newbery Club will continue until January 8, 2016. While students are discussing the books as they read them (leaving out any spoilers!) students will discuss the specific criteria of each book according to the same Newbery criteria used by the ALA during the final week (January 4-8) and vote online by January 10. Students from all three schools will gather mid-Janaury to celebrate our club and to find out which book our students chose to win the Mock Newbery award. It is always fun to see if the book we chose also wins the ALA Newbery Award.
Stay tuned to find out the winner!