Children's Literature (all forms)

Hosting a Mock Newbery Book Club: Terrific collaboration between school and public librarians!

After being part of the mock Newbery group Heavy Medal in-person discussions, both of us were eager to share this empowering experience with kids. Armin is a children’s librarian at Berkeley Public Library who was on the 2015 Newbery Committee. Mary Ann is an elementary teacher librarian at the Berkeley Unified School District. We met originally through the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California and were both members of ALSC’s Bill Morris Seminar. As we talked about launching our own Mock Newbery Book Club, our goals were threefold: Honor students’ voices and their choices about reading Develop students’ opinions and thoughtful engagement with books Harness kids’ enthusiasm so they could help create “book buzz” about brand new books We teamed up to host a book club that was open to all 4th and 5th graders at Emerson School. We have run our Mock Newbery Book Club for the past…

ALA Midwinter 2016

Mock Election Results

Every year libraries and schools around the United States offer Mock Election programs in preparation for the annual Youth Media Awards. These discussions are a great opportunity for children’s literature aficionados to gather and talk about a topic they love and to learn more about some of the great, recently published books for kids. We are developing a page on the ALSC Blog with many of the results from this year’s Mock Elections around the country. Check it out here. You can also find this tab on the homepage of the ALSC Blog. So far, we have some results from: Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana Eastern Shore Libraries Lane Libraries, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and other nearby schools in southwest Ohio Massachusetts Library System We’d love to include your Mock Election. If you are willing to have us post your results, just send…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Mock Newbery Book Club

October still feels like the beginning of the school year, but it is approaching the end of the publishing year.  So for me, it is time to take stock of the year’s best books, and begin the process of narrowing the list to the 6-8 titles we will use with our annual Mock Newbery book club of 4th through 6th graders. Our Newbery club meets once per week, beginning in November culminating with a party following the announcement of the actual award (January28th this year) for a total of about eight to ten weekly meetings depending how the holidays land.  Attendance is nice for discussing the books, but not required to participate. Our meetings are held before school, and some of our truly avid readers stay up way too late to get to school early! Everyone participates by filling out a Newbery Club Score Card when they finish a book. …