The official Newbery Award and Honor books are selected by a committee from the American Library Association (ALA) and awarded every January for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published in English in the United States during the preceding year.”
The Eva Perry Mock Newbery Club is a group of rising 6th–8th-graders who read newly written books, some of which are donated to the club as advance reader copies (ARCs). We read books all year, discussing them at meetings, writing reviews for the blog, and nominating the very best for our own mock-Newbery awards. We select our winners just before the official winners are announced by the ALA each year. We have traveled to ALA conferences in 2002, 2007 and 2010, and visited authors locally, so…we kinda know what we’re talking about! 😉
Our club was started in 1998 by Teresa Young Brantley, an official member of the 1999 Newbery committee that chose Holes by Louis Sachar as its winner.
Due to meeting space restrictions, our club is limited to 25 members who ask to join the club early each year. We’re currently accepting new members for the January-March 2019 session! To register, or if you have any questions, please email club leader Megan Wolff at firstname.lastname@example.org.