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2016 Mock Newbery Discussion

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2015. Participating in the Mock Newbery is an opportunity to read the newest children’s books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. Please join us!

Mock Newbery Meeting #1 Discussion List
September 30, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM
St. Andrew's School, 63 Federal Road, Barrington

Mock Newbery Meeting #2 Discussion List
November 4, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM
Hampden Meadows School, 297 New Meadow Road, Barrington

Mock Newbery Meeting #3 Discussion List
December 2, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM
Archie R. Cole Middle School, 100 Cedar Avenue, East Greenwich

Mock Newbery Voting Meeting #4
January 6, 2015 6:30-8:30 PM
East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Pierce Street, East Greenwich

Please submit any suggestions to Danielle Margarida by or join the RI Mock Newbery Goodreads group to nominate your top contenders.

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.

Criteria: 1) In identifying "Distinguished Writing" in a book for children,

a. Committee members need to consider the following:

  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of setting
  • Appropriateness of style

Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.

b. Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

Voting for a Rhode Island winner and honor books will take place in January using the balloting procedures of the real committee


Previous Mock Newbery Winners