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2017 Mock Newbery Discussion

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 18, 2017 a group of 17 children's and school librarians selected the following winner and honor books:

Mock Newbery Medal:

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Mayday by Karen Harrington
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

The winning books were selected from the final list examined and discussed by a group of children's and school librarians following the criteria for the real Newbery committee.

On January 23, 2017 the Newbery Medal was awarded to The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill. Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly; and Wolf Hollow, written by Lauren Wolk

Mock Newbery Meeting #1 Discussion List
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Hampden Meadows School, 297 New Meadow Rd, Barrington, RI 02806  

Mock Newbery Meeting #2 Discussion List
Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 PM. – 9:00 PM 
St. Andrews School, 63 Federal Road, Barrington, RI 02806  

Mock Newbery Meeting #3 Discussion List
December 7, 7:00 PM. – 9:00 PM
Archie R. Cole Middle School, 100 Cedar Ave, East Greenwich, RI 02818  

Mock Newbery Meeting #4 Discussion List
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Oak Lawn Branch Library, 230 Wilbur Ave, Cranston, RI 02921           

Previous Mock Newbery Winners