2017 Mock Newbery Program

Photo of Newbery books

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

About our Mock Newbery program

Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss potential Newbery finalists. This is the sixth year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity, and we hope that you will consider signing up. Light snacks will be provided at each session, with a pizza party on our final night.

In addition to wonderful book discussions, we play fun icebreaker games, complete book-themed activities to earn prizes and more. (In past years, we have even Skyped with authors!) All books will be provided, so there’s no need to read or check out the books in advance.

How to get involved

Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays:

  • September 13 and 27
  • October 11 and 25
  • November 15 and 29
  • December 13 and 20

Registration begins Tuesday, August 29. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

This year’s books

Wondering what books we’ll be discussing this year? See the list below!