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Mock Book Awards: Mock Book Awards

Welcome to the MLS Mock Book Awards!

Join us for Mock Youth Book Awards!

  • Join us on our Goodreads group!
  • Virtual Discussions happening in October and December!
  • Book Selection and Celebration Event to be held in January 2021!

Virtual Discussion Meetings

Please register for virtual meetings to discuss books from our reading lists. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion. In order to have a robust discussion, please try to read 5 or more books from the reading list before the meeting.

Discussion Guidelines

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.

What We've Read

Mass. Library System Mock Awards
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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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Books from MLS

2021 Information and Reading List Survey

It's time to reboot our Mock Awards program and to start discussing youth literature published in 2020! Participating in the Mock Awards is an opportunity to read the newest children’s and YA books and to discuss them with other passionate readers. Since many past participants were open to other awards beyond Newbery and Caldecott we are going to try and broaden our scope this year.

How it will work:

  • April & Christi will conduct surveys to get book titles suggestions from you (there is one at the end of this message!). Even though our scope will be broad please only try to suggest titles that meet our criteria listed below. If a book does not meet the criteria it will not be eligible for discussion.
  • We will then send out reading lists via Goodreads and post them on our Guide.
  • Online discussion of books will take place on Goodreads and can start now! You are also welcome to post about books not on the reading lists but still make sure they are eligible according to our criteria.
  • Virtual video discussions will take place on Tues. August 25, Thurs. October 8, and Wed. December 9.
  • Virtual voting will occur in January. More details to come!

We’ll do a lot of reading and as I mentioned, broaden our scope. How it will work when it comes time to vote is you will nominate titles to be read by other members and include what award or awards for which you think it should be considered.

For our current purpose, to develop reading lists and discuss a variety of eligible titles, we will follow these general criteria (adapted from Newbery Award Criteria):

  • Books must be published in the United States during the preceding year (for us that is 2020);
  • Authors and illustrators must be citizens or residents of the United States;
  • Primary intended audience must be children or teens;
  • The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.

To get us started please fill in this survey to suggest titles for our first reading list
Survey closes Friday, July 31 at 5PM


We announced our Mock Newbery winner by cake!

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Youth Media Awards

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Used with permission from ALSC

Watch this space for information about the 2021 Youth Media Awards.

Here are just some ideas of awards and where to learn more about them and their specific criteria:

Newbery: ages 0-14, awarded to the author of the most distinguished text.

Caldecott: ages 0-14, awarded to the artist of the most distinguished picture book.

Sibert: ages 0-14, awarded to the creators of the most distinguished informational book.

Geisel: grades preK- 2, awarded to creators of a book for beginning readers.

Belpré: ages 0-14, two medals are awarded, one to a Latino author of an outstanding children’s book and one to a Latino illustrator for creating an outstanding children’s picture book. 

Coretta Scott King (CSK): three grade categories- Preschool-grade 4, Grades 5-8, & Grades 9-12. Several awards given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Printz: ages 12-18, literary excellence in young adult literature

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction: ages 12-18, honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

2020 Best Of Lists

Look for Best Of lists towards the end of the year!