Saturday, December 13, 2008

Newbery Readiness--So Many Books, So Little Time!

So, as you all know, we are never right in predicting the Newbery and I have learned that I can never read all of the books that I read about that are possibilities for the award.  But I do think it is fun to read and guess and pay attention to all of the conversations going on about the award.  I have been following several Mock Newbery sites and cannot possibly read all of the books that are listed on multiple sites. Really, I have no idea how the committee does this work.  To narrow the list for myself, I really want to read those books that will make good additions to our library collection. So, I've decided to set my goal on reading a few that sound like they'd be great for the kids at my school.  So, here are the five that I am hoping to read before the Newbery is announced in late January.  I'll keep you posted.

Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
Highway Cats by Jane Taylor Lisle
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Itch by Michelle Kwasney
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


  1. the neil gaiman looks great! i've used coraline so many times now for demonstrations of craft in writer's workshop.

  2. Franki-
    Thanks for compiling this list. I've been immersed in nonfiction for CYBILS since early October, and have not read any of these. Yikes! I gotta get busy (after I read the last twenty CYBILs books!)

  3. Franki,
    Please read THE UNDERNEATH by Kathi Appelt before you make your final choice for the Newbery 2009.
    Readers will learn about life's relationships and a bond that only true love provides when they read about these endearing cats, a lonely dog, and one owner who is meaner by far than Judd Travers in SHILOH!


Comment moderation is turned on.