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Balloting & Voting

Want to run your mock election modeled after the Newbery award committee? Each participant submits their top 3 choices ranked in order (#1 is their first choice, and so on.)

Titles are then given points: 4 for first place votes, 3 for second place, and 2 for third.

For mock elections you may go with a majority of participants giving one book a first-place vote or you may just choose the winner based on total points. It may depend on how many participants you have.

You can read how the Newbery handles balloting and voting on pages 36-37 in their manual.

If you used our shortlist please share your results with us!

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What We've Read

Mass. Library System Mock Awards
Mass. Library System Mock Awards 152 members
MLS Mock Awards - open to all interested library staff in Massachusetts. We'll cover Newbery and Caldecott and perhaps in the future other awards.

Books we've read

Stella by Starlight
The War that Saved My Life
Circus Mirandus
Wolf Hollow
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph
Hour of the Bees
Some Kind of Courage
The Wild Robot
The Bitter Side of Sweet
Hello, Universe
Amina's Voice
Forever, or a Long, Long Time
Real Friends
Piecing Me Together
All's Faire in Middle School

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Welcome to the 2018 MLS Mock Newbery Awards!

Join us for a Mock Newbery & Caldecott!

Winners & Honors Announcement!

On Wednesday January 31, 2018 the MLS Mock Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced at a special workshop where book discussion and celebration took place. The Mock Newbery was discussed and voted on virtually while the Mock Caldecott was held in-person. Both Mock Awards balloted and tallied votes in the manner used by the ALA ALSC award committees but used a shortlist to make statewide discussion and voting easier.

MLS consultants Christi Showman Farrar and April Mazza are pleased to announce this year’s Mock Newbery and Caldecott winners and honor books:

2018 Mock Newbery Winner: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

There are four honor books:

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Patina by Jason Reynolds

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk


2018 Mock Caldecott Winner: After the Fall by Dan Santat

There are three honor books:

Egg written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

A Perfect Day written and illustrated by Lane Smith

Muddy: the story of blues legend Muddy Waters illustrated by Evan Turk, written by Michael Mahin

Fifty-two librarians around the state voted in the 2018 MLS Mock Newbery with sets out to honor the most distinguished book published for children ages 0-14 by an American author in 2017.

You may watch the official Youth Media Awards (YMA) which takes place at ALA Midwinter at 8 a.m. MT, Feb. 12, 2018, from Denver, Colorado.


We announced our Mock Newbery winner by cake!

Mock Newbery Shortlist

2018 Mock Newbery Shortlist

1.         The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

2.         War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

3.         Real Friends by Shannon Hale

4.         Vincent and Theo by Deborah Heiligman

5.         All’s Faire In Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

6.         Patina by Jason Reynolds

7.         Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

8.         Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

Discussion happens on our Goodreads group but you do not need to be a part of the group to vote or attend the Mock Awards Workshop in January. If you would like to join the Goodreads group you may request an invite here.

Voting will take place online from January 22-29 with the reveal of the winner and honor books happening at our Mock Awards Workshop on January 31 from 10am to 12 pm where we will also discuss and vote on our Mock Caldecott. Register and get more info here.

Happy Reading!

Mock Caldecott Short List

2018 Mock Caldecott Short List
Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi
After the Fall by Dan Santat
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illus. by Mike Curato
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illus. by The Fan Brothers
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Dazzle Ships by Chris Barton, illus. by Victo Ngai
A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illus. by Thi Bui
Egg by Kevin Henkes
Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
A Greyhound, a Groundhog by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Chris Applehans
How to be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Adam Rex
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
Muddy by Michael Mahin, illus. by Evan Turk
Out of Wonder edited by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Ekua Holmes
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Tony by Ed Galing, illus. by Erin E. Stead
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen

Newbery Medal

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Used with permission from ALSC

The 2018 Youth Media Awards will be announced February 12

Watch the live stream!

Awards Criteria & Discussion Guidelines

We will use the ALSC Newbery Award terms & criteria, found here.

We will follow the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Discussion Guidelines found here.

For more tips on book discussion read Thom's Rules of Order: Ten Tips for Good Book Discussion

Reminder: It's easy to forget the publication year-nominate only titles published in 2017! It's also not always clear where an author your homework!