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2018 Mock Newbery Discussion

It's time to start taking a closer look at the children's books of 2017. Please read one or (better yet) more books for the first meeting. 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
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
St. Andrews School, 63 Federal Road, Barrington, RI 02806           

Please register for this program: http://www.olis.ri.gov/services/ce/regis.php

Please feel free to send suggested titles for Reading List #2 by September 28th to Danielle Margarida. Reading List #2 will be available September 29th.

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 on January 17 using the balloting procedures of the real committee.

Mock Newbery Meeting #1 Discussion List
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
St. Andrews School, 63 Federal Road, Barrington, RI 02806

Mock Newbery Meeting #2
Wednesday, November 1, 7:00 PM. – 9:00 PM 
Hampden Meadows School, 297 New Meadow Rd, Barrington, RI 02806    

Mock Newbery Meeting #3
Wednesday, December 6, 7:00 PM. – 9:00 PM
Barrington Public Library, 281 County Rd., Barrington, RI 02806     

Mock Newbery Meeting #4
Wednesday, January 17, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cranston Public Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston, RI 02921

Previous Mock Newbery Winners