The 2017-18 Mock Newbery Book Club has Launched!
Each Berkeley public elementary school is launching a second year of Mock Newbery Book Clubs, following the resounding success of the first venture last year.
The Newbery Award is the most prestigious literary award for children’s literature in the United States, awarded annually by the
American Library Association
Following the same guidelines as the official ALA Newbery Committee, our students will read and analyze works published in 2017 to determine which author has made the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Here's a journal entry from District Library Coordinator Becca Todd who shares the excitement that filled the school library last week when John Muir Elementary School was the first school to launch a Mock Newbery Book Club.
Today, Wed, 9/13, John Muir Elementary School Library. They streamed in. And streamed in. And…kept streaming in! Must have been attentively listening when Ms. Sanders visited their classrooms to invite them to the Mock Newbery Book Club, in addition to seeing the signs all over campus this past week...
Lit Coach Ms. Sanders and Library Media Specialist Mr. Healey assured the enthusiastic passel of 4th and 5th graders that there would be many months to read or listen to at least 5 of the 10 nominated Mock Newbery books.
BUSD students who participate will place their vote for this year's BUSD Mock Newbery Award in February, just before the American Library Association releases its official Newbery Award.