Mock Newbery Club Returns

Fifth grade students at TJ Connor are participating in our 4th Mock Newbery Club.  Students were invited to join the club early in October, and I am so pleased that 30 students have decided to join! We are working with three other schools this year:  Hill Elementary in Brockport, Terry Taylor in Spencerport, and we welcome Village Elementary in Hilton this year.  The other three librarians and I have been working since early this year choosing the books we think have Newbery criteria.

The books we chose for this year are Undefeated:

  1. Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
  2. Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  3. I Love You Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  4. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  5. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  6. First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Students will read the six books from now until the end of January.  They will discuss their thoughts on the book with the other three schools using Schoology, an online course management tool and vote on which book they thought was best in early February.  We will have a celebration where all the students will be able to come together to find out which book they chose as well as which book the ALA Newbery Committee chose.  It is a very exciting time for all of us.  Stay tuned as we read the books and check back for the winners!

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Mock Newbery Concludes

The fifth grade Mock Newbery Club has wrapped up their third year.  Readers from Hill Elementary in Brockport and Terry Taylor Elementary in Spencerport joined our school in reading five books published in 2016.  See the previous blog post HERE  Students have spent the past two months reading the five books, sharing their thoughts online using Edmodo, and finally this past week voting on which book they think is the best.  We gathered together to reveal and celebrate our winner.  We also shared with students which book the American Library Association chose as the winner.

Our students chose Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart as our Mock Newbery winner.  This book received 22 of the 57 votes. The runner up is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown which earned 12 votes. Students were very excited to find out which book won and to visit with the students from the other two schools.

I am eager to start reading this year’s published books to find the next selections for our Mock Newbery next year.  I have already shared with Cathy Mangan and Linda Paul, the other two librarians working with me, the first title I think we should consider:  The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli.  Happy Reading!

Mock Newbery Guest Post

I asked fifth grader, Olivia, to write a blog post about our Mock Newbery Club.  Here is what she has to say:

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Olivia and her favorite Mock Newbery book

Hi, my name is Olivia and I am in the Mock Newbery Club! I am going to be talking about what I like and dislike and what is easy and hard.  What is hard for me is to read the big books.  I love the books that we read.  They are amazing.  My favorite book is Some Kind Of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart.

I don’t like reading the long books because I am busy.  I have two brothers who both do two or three sports.  Currently I am reading All Rise For the Honorable Perry T. Cook.  I am very happy I joined Mock Newbery.  I am on my fourth book (4/5).  I hope you enjoyed my blog post. Stay tuned  to find out what book we chose win.