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Mock Book Awards: Mock Book Awards

Welcome to the MLS Mock Book Awards!

The MLS Mock Book Awards is a chance to read and discuss youth literature that may be under consideration for a variety of awards out there. Interested in joining the Goodreads group? Email April!

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
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
Nightbird
The War that Saved My Life
Echo
Circus Mirandus
Ghost
Ghosts
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
Wishtree
All's Faire in Middle School


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Books from MLS

2021 Mock Awards Results!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2021 MLS Mock Book Award program! From our Goodreads group to our virtual discussions to online voting, we had a great year filled with amazing literature for youth! Listed below are our picks for a variety of awards and honors. You can find more info about the different awards listed below here. The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 9am EST and can be livestreamed here: https://ala.unikron.com/

John Newbery Medal

Winner

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honors

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Randolph Caldecott Medal

Winner

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom Michaela Goade (Illustrations)

(Also our American Indian Youth Literature Award winner)

Honors

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator) (Also our Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal winner)

I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)

The Oldest Student : How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)

Schneider Family Book Award

Winner

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte Schneider

Honor

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead Schneder

Coretta Scott King Author

Winner

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Honors

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred Taylor

Coretta Scott King Illustrator

Winner

I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)

Honors

The Oldest Student : How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)

Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy, Ekua Holmes (Illustrations)

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration by Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita (Illustrations)

Odyssey Award

Winner

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Honors

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Michael L. Printz Award

Winner

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Honor

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Honor

Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming

Photos

We announced our Mock Newbery winner by cake!

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Youth Media Awards

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Image copyright ALA/ALSC.
Used with permission from ALSC

2021 Youth Media Awards Webcast
Monday, Jan. 25 at 9am EST

https://ala.unikron.com/

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

Best Of Lists do not necessarily mean award-contenders but they're a great place to look for anything you might have missed this year!