Saturday, July 20, 2013

2nd Summertime Mock Newbery 2014 Club

On Friday, in the aftermath of a terrific storm, our Mock Newbery 2014 Club met for the second time this summer.  The turnout for this one was small but mighty.  A lot of kids were on vacation or involved in activities.  Several families were also deterred by the weather.   I have two students involved in the Ohio Writing Project Youth Summer Camp and couldn't come because they were sharing their writing.  I can't wait to hear more about what they learned!  Anyway, the small group that came did some BIG talking about books, so it was still great to get together.  Three of them couldn't make it to the first meeting, so it was wonderful to see them!
Even though the club concentrates on 2013 books, I make sure my students know they can talk about ANY book.  Here are the books we discussed, shared, and traded.
2013 Books
(Some of these we discussed last time, but we'll talk about them again!)
 The Water Castle
One Came Home
Navigating Early
The Wig in the Window
Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill
Prisoner B-3087 
(One of my students read this - it is definitely YA - I wouldn't recommend it to 5th/6th graders, but he loves history and got his hands on it.  He was shocked at how terrible the Holocaust was!)
Older Books
We talked about non-2013 books, too!  I want my students to be reading what they want this summer - not just books for the Newbery Club!
 Savvy (Savvy, #1)
Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story
The Candymakers 
A Dog Purpose
I had fun loaning all my 2013 books out that I had bought.  They grabbed them right up!  We'll try to meet one more time before school starts. 


  1. I love that you do this with your students. I would love to start this with my kids this coming school year. Any tips you can share would be great!

    1. Renee, Take a look at this post: It explains a little more about how I started it. Let me know if you have questions. :-)