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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:
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):
To get us started please fill in this survey to suggest titles for our first reading list https://forms.gle/coaj9Nw7qEz4gzEG6
Survey closes Friday, July 31 at 5PM
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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.
Look for Best Of lists towards the end of the year!