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And in the end…

I am sorry to report that this will be our last post here for awhile.
Thank you so much to everyone who has read and commented and made this
blog such a great success.  We have had a lot of fun with it, and have
enjoyed all the great conversation.

We’ll be back in the fall, as it gets closer to next year’s Newbery,
and we look forward to being back in touch then.  In the meantime,
please comment on this post with any titles you think we should be
looking at for next year’s Mock Newbery and we’ll check back every so

And if you’re looking for other reading to do while you wait for fall,
here are some great blogs that we like to follow for child lit news,
information, and trends.  Please visit them!

Educating Alice
Fuse #8
Read Roger
Six Boxes of Books

And other mock newbery blogs:
Allen County Public Library
Bergen County Cooperative Library System
Eva Perry Regional Library
Northport-East Northport Public Library
St. Joseph County Public Library

Bye for now!

Sharon McKellar About Sharon McKellar

Sharon McKellar is the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library in California. She has served on the Rainbow List Committee, the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee, and the 2015 Caldecott Committee. You can reach her at


  1. It’s been fabulous following your ruminations and discussions during this Newbery season: thank you for all the wonderful work and we’ll look forward to next year!

  2. Monica Edinger says:

    Have a lovely break! I look forward to seeing you again when the season picks up again! Thanks so much for a very entertaining production.

  3. Watch for When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slatyon [Philomel] due in March. Excellent first novel.

  4. Thanks for a great Newbery season of discussion and musings! I’ll be reading madly so I can keep up with you folks when you start up again (have nothing to recommend so far as I’m still catching up with 2008!).

  5. Anokaberry says:

    I will miss you popping up on the Reader! Thanks so much for your work and enthusiam for books for young people. Thanks for your insights and observations.

  6. Jennifer Schultz says:

    Just came back to catch up and find this! I understand. Fall will be here before we know it. Congratulations on an excellent blog.

  7. Nina Lindsay says:

    Note to self and anyone else on the watch for strong eligible titles: WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, Wendy Lamb Books, July.

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