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BC Mock Newbery Club 2021: The Reading List

Berkeley Carroll Mock Newbery Club

The Berkeley Carroll Mock Newbery Club is a reading group for students in grades 4-8, formed and facilitated by BC Librarians in 2009. This year will mark the club’s twelfth consecutive year as a cross-divisional, cross-grade reading group for students who enjoy taking on the challenge of reading independently. 

The Newbery Medal is a prestigious literary award given annually to the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The BC Mock Newbery Club provides an opportunity for students to read and discuss a selection of the best children's books published in the current year with other passionate readers. Members are required to evaluate the books they read in terms of the criteria and guidelines used by the Newbery committee. Mock Newbery members must read at least 50 pages of a book before they can reject it in favor of a new one.

In November, members begin reading and meeting to discuss and evaluate the titles under consideration. They make a commitment to read at least 3 books by the beginning of December and are encouraged to write reviews of the books they have read, which will be shared on this guide. In December, members will vote for their top choices to create a shortlist of approximately 5-7 books. They are encouraged to read all the books on the finalist list by the end of January in preparation for the final vote which will determine the winners of BC's 2021 Mock Newbery Medal and Honor awards.

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2021 Contenders: The Reading List for grades 4-8

Here are the contenders for the 2021 BC Mock Newbery award: