Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Sunday Salon - Mock Newbery Club

I'm running my first student Mock Newbery book club this year.  I went on our school news, WDMS, and directed students to a Google Form on my staff blog.  I have 17 students signed up so far!  I'm so excited.  This will be my second year assisting Kris Springer, Children's Manager, at St Joseph Countly Public Library with her Mock Newbery club and last year I did one with some of the teachers at our school.  I'm looking forward to seeing how this will work.

Since Kris has actually been on the Newbery Committee and has done her club for five years, I'll be running my club very similar to the way she does hers!  I've only changed a few of the main reading selections.  We will meet once a month until December and then twice in January for voting.  

Here are our selections:

Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
The Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Keeper by Kathi Appelt
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
Alchemy and Meggy Swann by Karen Cushman
A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Scumble by Ingrid Law
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
Cardturner by Louis Sachar

Students read at least 3 books per month and there are more titles on an extras list. Students are encouraged to read as much as possible from all lists! I will try to read ALL of the titles from both the main selections and the extras list.  

Are there any crucial books you think I've missed?  Students can suggest additional titles and I'm asking that you do that too!  Please remember that books had to be published in 2010 and are for children up to ages 14.


  1. Kathy, you are wonderful. Thanks for all of your help at SJCPL, and I know your students will learn and laugh their way through your club. See you soon!

  2. I think you've done a bang up job with your book list. I love the idea of a teen Mock Newbery Club and it looks like it's going to be quite a success this year. 17 students? Reading such great 2010 publication? That's success.


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