Newbery Committee chose When Your Reach Me; OLA/WLA Mock chose Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Ness was born in America, obtained British citizenship and lives there, but has dual citizenship. Hardinge is English + lives there
Paterson – Bridge + Jacob; Woodson – Feathers, Tupac, Show Way
Examples of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from 2009
Crow Call = elementary school picture book; Lips Touch = YA, but fine for 13 & 14 year olds
The theme of noticing the beauty in the everyday world runs through Kira-Kira . Consider how the author conveys it through characters, dialogue, and plot. P 259
Not just getting in facts, but also explaining conditions, feelings, and motivations related to the facts. P. 9
Deciding when and how to reveal the notes, and everything related to them. P. 68
Narration, dialogue, and action can convey the character as well as description. P. 119
Describes where she is and what she’s doing, but also what it means to her, how she sees it. P. 3
Writing style doesn’t need to be eloquent or poetic to be effective. The direct, declarative style fits M’s need to carefully present facts and details. It also means when she does slip and reveal an emotion, it’s powerful. Can compare this style to Calpurnia (eloquent), Home (folksy), Mountain (storyteller-ish), Claudette (historical but with some fire) P. 133
Creating a checklist for narrative elements is not especially helpful. The elements emerge in unison, not through isolated moments. And not every book needs to be strong in all areas. A fiction book like When You Reach Me may not need to be distinguished in the area of information. Plot is less relevant to a non-fiction book such as Claudette Colvin (though arranging the presentation of information may be considered similar to plot).
Moonshot: Excellent illsutrations, but must focus on text. January’s Sparrow : Could argue that the illustrations are too vivid, too melodramatic…
One 2001 Honor book featured an inspiring, positive teen who gets involved in local politics to save her community ( Hope Was Here ); another starred an out of control boy who pierces his dog’s ear with a dart. The Newbery committee looked for literary excellence, not ideal role models.
One library’s circulation status in November 2010. The Newbery Committee looks for distinguished quality, not anticipated popularity, sales, or circulation.
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ Children are defined as persons of ages up to and including fourteen and books for this entire age range are to be considered.” </li></ul>
Lower End of Age Range Higher End of Age Range
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ Committee members need to consider the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretation of the theme or concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of a plot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delineation of characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delineation of a setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriateness of style .” </li></ul></ul>
Interpretation of the Theme or Concept … Fortune was not a house full of gold and jade, but something much more. Something she already had and didn’t need to change. “I didn’t ask the question,” Minli said again and smiled, “because I don’t need to know the answer.”
Presentation of Information … Why fight? The white judges, the intimidating police, the insulting drivers, and the crushing weight of all the years of custom and law were simply overwhelming.
I read the note over and over. But I have to tell you that I had no idea what any of it meant, until later. And I have to tell you something else, too: I was scared. You scared the hell out of me. Development of a Plot
“ Bath is a waste of time, money, and effort…A little dirt makes a person healthy,” I insist. “Look, all I got to do is spit on my hands and rub ‘em on my trousers. See? Good as new.” Delineation of Characters
Delineation of a Setting I looked up at the filmy bags of webworms high above me in the lush canopy of oaks bending over the river. The webworms seemed to mirror me, floating in their own balloons of gauze in the pale turquoise sky.
… Kids are walking down the street toward school. One kid has green suede boots. One has a charge account at Gold’s. One has keys in her pocket. “ Does it really matter?” I asked myself. It did. I got up, turned on the television, and tried to think about nothing for a change. Appropriateness of Style
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ 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 .” </li></ul>
Theme: A Information: ?? Plot: A Characters: A Setting: A Style: A Theme: A Information: A Plot: ?? Characters: A Setting: A Style: A
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“ 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 .” </li></ul>
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“… the award is for literary quality and quality presentation for children. </li></ul><ul><li>The award is not for didactic content …” </li></ul>
Main character = bully Themes of forgiveness, kindness…
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>“… The award is not for…popularity .” </li></ul>
2010 Newbery Medal 2010 Newbery Honor 58% of copies checked out 18% of copies checked out No Newbery Recognition 90% of copies checked out
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>Six basic elements </li></ul><ul><li>Theme or Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of Information </li></ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul>
Newbery Terms and Criteria <ul><li>Another way to look at the elements: </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the book like? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information + Plot + Characters + Setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(or….What, Who, and Where) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What does it make us think about? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Theme or Concept </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(or…Why) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How does the author do that? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(or…How) </li></ul></ul></ul>
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