Monday, November 30, 2009

Are You My Newbery?

Some of you know that I've been working with two book clubs as we try to determine what the ALA committee will pick as the January 2010 Newbery Award winner. Last year I not only hadn't read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, I hadn't heard of it! This year, I'm determined not to have that happen. So we've scoured review lists looking for books that have received starred reviews or have received a lot of buzz. They can also be books that were put out by established authors. We ahave to be sure the author meets the ALA residency requirements and the books haven't been published somewhere before. The books also have to be published in 2009.

This experience has exposed me to a lot of good reads that I may have missed and I'm on the hunt until The Newbery's are announced on January 18, 2010. That's only 47 days! I've read 32 books so far and have about 60 more I want to read.

So, for the next 47 days I will be hijacking The Brain Lair. I'll make frequent but short posts to keep you updated on how my search is going.

Here's the list as it stands today - KBNewlist - if you think there are titles I'm missing let me know. If you want to find your own Newbery let me know and I'll link to your post.

Happy Reading!

Other Newbery Finders
Goodreads Mock Newbery 2010 group (thx for pic!)
Eva Perry Mock Newbery
ACPL Mock Newbery (i'm registered to attend their meeting which is right after my last Teacher Mock Newbery club meeting)
SJCPL Mock Newbery (I get to help out with this one. We are skyping with Jacqueline Kelly on December 10th!)

My Mock Newbery 2010 Guesses
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When The Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
SLOB by Ellen Potter
Neil Armstrong is My Uncle by Nan Marino
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo


  1. What an awesome list you've put together, Kathy! And I love your top picks, as well. Thanks for turning me onto the Goodreads group. It just so happens I'm in the middle of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Really liking it, but not sure it's the top of the top for me this year.

    Do you follow the SLJ blog "Heavy Medal"? Very interesting discussions this year.

    Good luck! And keep writing your thoughts! Mary Ann

  2. Love the title of this post and the links.
    I have been reading a lot of MG books with people of color this year so I am behind on my Newbery reads

    However - I have read both The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Kelly and When You Reach Me by Stead. I thought both were great.

    Though I loved The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, more.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for Rock and the River and When the Mountain Meets the Moon.


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