|2014 Newbery list, Emerson School|
Since we only have two copies of each title, we're each reading different books each week. I've asked each student to read five titles from our list. For some, it's been hard to fit these in with their Harry Potter addictions! We've kept track of our reading on the poster that hangs in the library.
We start with a check-in, sharing what we've been reading. I talk with my students about how important it is to recognize that some of us will *love* a book and we need to respect that. Then we move into weaknesses. Throughout, I encourage the kids to think of specific examples from the books that support their ideas.
We end with a reading plan for the week. I really like this way of helping kids think about a reading plan.
Our Newbery contenders:
- One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake
- The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu
- Doll Bones, by Holly Black
- P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia
- "The President Has Been Shot!", by James L. Swanson
- Serafina's Promise, by Ann E. Burg
- Flora and Ulysses, by Kate diCamillo
- Duke, by Kirby Larson
- Jinx, by Sage Blackwood
- Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
In fact, I think I've inspired new admiration from our group about just what the Newbery Committee must do -- from the amount of reading to the hard, hard decisions. Each student has tried to read at least five books from our list. We will only include books with at least five readers in our final vote. Here are the posts on our Mock Newbery:
- Part 1: the process
- Part 2: Flora & Ulysses + The President Has Been Shot!
- Part 3: Serafina's Promise + Doll Bones
- Part 4: Duke + One Came Home
- Part 5: Counting by 7s, The Real Boy + Jinx
- Part 6: OUR WINNER!!
I've been so excited to share this journey with Armin Arethna, a wonderful children's librarian from Berkeley Public Library, and a member of the 2015 Newbery Committee.
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