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RCLS Mock Book Discussions: Home

This guide is for RCLS member library staff who would like to participate in the Mock Book discussions.

2020 Mock Book Discssions

This year's mock book discussions will be different. I worked with the chairs of the discussion groups to come up with a way for us to still have meaningful discussions while keeping a variety of issues, including access to materials, in mind. 
This LibGuide has been set up with message boards for library staff to share and discuss books they believe are contenders for the Youth Media Awards. In the past we have had discussions for Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz. However, if you read a book that you think could win another award, feel free to share that as well. A list of all the Youth Media Awards can be found here.
 After the award winners are announced, we will have discussions on the winners. Registration for the discussions will open in January. The dates are:

We will begin each discussion as one group to talk about the award winner. After discussing the winner, participants will be placed into breakout rooms to discuss an honor book. You will be assigned an honor book ahead of time. The books and number of breakout rooms will be determined after the announcement of the Youth Media Award winners on January 25, 2021. 

Participants in this discussion will earn 2 CE credits. 

About the Youth Media Awards

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards, guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.

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How to Use This Guide

Each page on this guide has a message board. Use the message board to discuss the best books of the year, and if you think they are contenders for an award. You may start a discussion about a book, and comment on other discussion posts. Please be sure to sign your name after posting as it will make conversations easier. Posts must adhere to the NYLA Code of Conduct. Any that do not may be removed.


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