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Newbery Book Clubs for Kids and Students - Plus Winner Predictions for 2013!

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January 22, 2013
Newbery Book Clubs for Kids and Students - Plus Winner Predictions 
for 2013!
Many schools and libraries do Mock Newbery Awards, getting the kids to read books that are getting "buzz" each year and then putting together discussion groups to talk about the books they've read.

In December or January, ballots are assembled and the students can vote on their top favorites and see which book "won" that year's Mock Newbery Award. Sound like fun? It is!

Here are a couple of links for more information to get started at your school:

Newbery Book Club

Eva Perry Mock Newbery

ALSC/ALA Mock Newbery

ACPL Mock Newbery and General Children's Book Site

If you're on Goodreads, there is a forum filled with librarians, teachers and readers, who discuss books all year long as they are published and the pros and cons about their potential as a Newbery Medal contender.

I've often learned about new books that I've missed, or I enjoy the conversation about good books in these forums.It's super easy to join, too.

Newbery 2013 Discussion Groups on Goodreads:

The Hunt Begins...

Our Mock Newbery

Predictions Contest

Recent reads to discuss

In case you've been a bit swamped with lesson plans (who isn't?!), here are a few of the books folks have been buzzing about all year long as potential Newbery winners.

See if you've read them, let us know which are your favorites for 2012, and don't forget to watch the ALA Newbery Broadcast next Monday, January 28th.

Information about how to log in and watch it LIVE is right here: Live ALA Youth Media Awards Broadcast


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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secrets
as two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013. She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing
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 Carolee Dean
Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a Comfort Paperback Coverspeech-language pathologist. Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Take Me There CoverActs of Haiku."

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Caroline Starr Rose
Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New 
Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time.
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Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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