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Mock Awards Program: 2019 Mock Newbery

Run through the Curriculum Resource Center, this is a program that focuses on attempting to guess what books will win coveted literary prizes awarded by the American Library Association.

2018 Mock Newbery

Every year, the Association of Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Newbery Medal to the author of the most distinguished contribution to children's literature.

Criteria for the Award

  • The award takes into consideration only the text of the book; images may not be considered. Only if elements distract from the text may they be taken into consideration. The text cannot be dependent on other media (sound, video, website, etc.).
  • Children must be the target audience, with childhood being defined as up to fourteen years of age. Books within this entire age range may be considered, but the intended age group’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations should be taken into consideration.
  • “Distinguished” is
    • marked by eminence and distinction; noted for significant achievement
  • Committee members should consider:
    • interpretation of theme/concept
    • presentation of information (accuracy, clarity, organization, etc.)
    • development of plot
    • delineation of characters and setting
    • appropriateness of style
      • Not all of these elements must be present, but distinction should be in all present elements
  • The work must be original; retellings are acceptable, but must be product of original research
  • The work must be published in the United States; original publications from other countries are ineligible
  • The work must be published in the previous year
  • The author must be a United States citizen or have an established, maintained residence in the United States
  • The author's entire body of work may not be taken into consideration.

from ALSC guidelines for the Caldecott Medal ( some emphasis from me

Discussion Dates

Thursday, September 20 Thursday, October 18 Thursday, November 8 Thursday, December 20 Thursday, January 10 Thursday, January 24

For each of these dates, a curated list of titles has been selected for reading and discussion. However, if you read a book that meets the criteria, and would like to bring it forward for inclusion and discussion, please submit the title to Joe ( He will add it to one of the weekly discussion lists. You do not need to attend every meeting!

All discussion will take place at the Curriculum Resource Center at 3:30 PM in Room 210B. Please arrive having read at least half the books for that particular month. If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to submit your reactions to the texts for consideration, please email Joe.

All books on these curated lists are available on reserve at the CRC.

On our final meeting, Thursday, January 24, following the guidelines of the ALSC, we will discuss all titles and cast our ballots to determine our winner (and any honors). The actual award will be announced on Monday, January 28. We will livestream the awards in the CRC that morning!


Newberry Medal

How to order books from OhioLink

If the CRC does not have a copy of the book you'd like to read, consider getting the book through OhioLink.

Here's how:

  • Conduct a title search in the CRC's OPAC
  • When the results are returned, click the blue Search OhioLink button
  • When the record for the book appears, click the green Request button
  • Select your pick-up location (Jerome Library) and enter your BGSU email address

Your book will arrive, generally, in 3-5 days.

Official participant guide

2019 Mock Newbery Titles for September 20

2019 Mock Newbery Titles for October 18

2019 Mock Newbery Titles for November 8

2019 Mock Newbery Titles for December 20

2019 Mock Newbery Titles for January 10