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LARC Mocks: 2018 Chapter Books

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

Chapter Books

Please alpha by author. If title is already on the list, please add abbreviation and date to it. (PW = Publishers Weekly, SLJ = School Library Journal, HB = Horn Book, Kirkus = K, Booklist = BL The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books = BCCB (feel free to add other journal titles and abbreviations)

Albert, Melissa.  The Hazel Wood  K 10/15/17

Caines, Rachel and Ann Aguirre. Honor Among Thieves. PW 12/4/17

Connor, Leslie.  The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle  K 10/15/17

Johnson, Terry Lynn.  Avalanche!   K 10/15/2017

Johnson, Varian  The Parker Inheritance  SLJ 12/17

Kadohata, Cynthia. Checked. PW 12/4/17

Kelly, Erin Entrada  You Go First  SLJ 12/17

Konen, Leah.  Love and Other Train Wrecks   K 10/15/2017

Meriano, Anna.  A Dash of Trouble   K 10/15/2017

Schrefer, Eliot.  Mez's Magic   K 10/15/2017

Shabazz, Ilyasah with Renee Watson  Betty Before X  SLJ 12/17

Newbery Criteria

1. In identifying “distinguished contribution to American literature,” defined as text, in a book for children,

a. Committee members need to consider the following:

  • Interpretation of the theme or concept
  • Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization
  • Development of a plot
  • Delineation of characters
  • Delineation of a setting
  • Appropriateness of style.

Note: Because the literary qualities to be considered will vary depending on content, the committee need not expect to find excellence in each of the named elements. The book should, however, have distinguished qualities in all of the elements pertinent to it.

b.Committee members must consider excellence of presentation for a child audience.

2. Each book is to be considered as a contribution to American literature. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the text. Other components of a book, such as illustrations, overall design of the book, etc., may be considered when they make the book less effective.

3. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound or film equipment) for its enjoyment.
Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. The award is not for didactic content or popularity.

Adopted by the ALSC Board, January 1978. Revised, Midwinter 1987. Revised, Annual 2008.