Each January Rhode Island librarians gather to select a "mock" version of the Newbery award. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in the United States during the preceding year. The award is restricted to authors who are citizens or residents of the United States. On January 16, 2013 a group of children's librarians, school library media specialists and teachers selected the following winner and honor books:
Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
The above selections were made from the final list developed by a group of children's librarians, school library media specialists and teachers. The group held four meetings over the past three months and followed the criteria for the real Newbery committee.
On January 28, 2013, the Newbery Medal was awarded to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Newbery Honor Books include Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (RI's mock Newbery winner) and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Look for more information on ALA's Association for Library Services to Children's Newbery Medal website, or view all 2013 ALSC Literary and Related Award Winners.