Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You Choose the Next Newbery!

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My students have been chosen as participants in the You Choose the Next Newbery (YCTNN) program.  Librarians from King County Library System (KCLS) selected six titles this past week.  

The YCTNN @ KCLS ballot titles for 2013:

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate
The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
I am so excited with this list.  I've already read The One and Only Ivan, Wonder, and Three Times Lucky (http://pleasuresfromthepage.blogspot.com/2012/10/counting-myself-lucky.html).

We discuss these titles in book clubs.  Parents join us as participants in our book clubs.  I love the community connections that are forged by this program.  Students need to read four of the six titles from the list between now and Jan. 12 in order to participate in the online voting offered by KCLS.  I participated in this program with my students in 2010.  It's a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the criteria established by the Newbery Committee and to read books published in 2012 that may be considered for the Newbery Award.  
In order to make the program work for my two classes and 56 students of sixth graders, we need eight titles.  I know that I want to add One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt.  What do you think, fellow bloggers?  Which title do you think we should add to our reading list for next year's Newbery?  If it wins, we'll be sure to mention in the blog that you suggested we add it to our list.  An added bonus for us is that the Newbery winner is announced at the ALA midwinter meeting in January, and this year the meeting is in Seattle.  We'll be listening and hoping that one of our books (or your suggestion) makes the cut!


  1. I would like to suggest Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. It is a powerful book told through the point of view of someone who can't speak (cerebral palsy)but she is incredibly gifted with intelligence.

    1. Out of My MInd is a great book! Should be on everyone's list!

  2. I've read many reviews of this book, yet it's never made it to the top of my "next read" pile. Thanks for suggesting it!

  3. What a great opportunity for your kids! I will have to ponder your question as to which one book I would reccomend.

  4. Hi Ramona, I would add See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles. I think it's great. There are so many good ones as contenders this year. It will be a tough choice! How great for your students to do this.