Mocking It Up
It’s the time of year that puts me in the spirit of the season. And when I say “spirit of the season”, I’m not talking about Hannakah/Kwanzaa/Christmas/Eid/New Year’s. I’m talking about the Youth Media Awards. Librarians, teachers, and children’s book enthusiasts find they have an extra pep in their step as we countdown the days until the American Library Association announces their annual book awards on January 27th, 2014. Until then, while the official awards committees debate the winners in private, lists of favorite children’s books have been organized across the country to openly discuss probable winners of the awards. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this practice, these discussions and lists are referred to as “mock awards”. Yesterday, Betsy Bird posted a few mock lists on her blog and I found myself checking to see which titles were the most favorable listed. Specifically, I had my eye on the Newbery.
Now, here I’m going to let my nerd show.
I’ve complied a list of Mock Newbery nominations that were mentioned in Betsy’s post as well as a few others from various organizations that were not. Here are the goods…
I bet you’re wondering who the runner-ups are that just missed the Top 5 cut-off…
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (47%)
Once Came Home by Amy Timberlake (42%)
The Center of Everything by Linda Urban (42%)
Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (42%)
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore (37%)
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal (37%)
These are the Mock Newbery lists I used to compile this info:
Additional Mock Newbery lists:Allen County Public Library Anderson’s Book Shop Daniel Boone Regional Library Eastern Shore Regional Library Global Mock Newbery Kansas City Public Library Michiana Mock Newbery Club Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services San Diego County Office of Education South Central Kansas Library System Wake County Public Library (Eva Perry Mock Newbery)
How about you?
Do you mock?
Have any 2014 Newbery predictions?