The first ever BNS Mock Newbery Club met during lunch on Thursday! The Newbery Medal honors the “most distinguished” children’s book published that year, and the BNS students will pick which book they deserves the medal the most. These books are brand new, borrowed from the Brooklyn Public Library through an innovative pilot program between public and school libraries in New York City. Students have over thirty titles to choose from! The Club meets every Thursday and students will meet and recommend different books to each other as well as evaluate the books based on the criteria used by the Newbery Committee.
Today we got started by making bookmarks to remind us of the Newbery criteria while we are reading. We reviewed: Characters, Plot, Setting, Theme and Style. An interesting discussion followed debating whether a character had to be a person. We’re excited to see how that applies to our books!
Any BNS or BCS student may borrow the Newbery books, but in order to vote in the end ofJanuary the student must read at least three books and attend at least four of our lunch-time meetings. Reading with a grown-up counts, so we encourage all the students to give it a try!