The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” In plain English: This award is given to the best chapter book of the year. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. At the Columbia Public Library, we’ve just started staging our own mock Newbery awards, and it’s not too late to join in the fun!
About our Mock Newbery awards:
Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-7 to join us at the library twice per month to discuss Newbery finalists and defend the book you feel is the “Heavy Medalist” of the year. Library staff will facilitate the sessions along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member.
How to get involved:
Sessions will be held at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 11, 25, Oct. 9, 23, Nov. 6, 20, Dec. 4, 18. Registration begins Tuesday, August 27. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.