Reading and evaluating the best books of the year!
Who we are
Third, fourth, and fifth graders at Sunrise Elementary are voracious readers with high standards. We read the best new releases and evaluate them using the same criteria as the John Newbery Award Committee. Sunrise Newbery Club members become ambassadors for great literature among their peers, and are often looked to for book reccommendations!
What we do
Newbery Club meetings are full of incredible conversations! Each week we focus on a different criteria considered by the Newbery Committee and examine whether the books we're reading meet those criteria. Students come prepared to share and defend their ideas! In January, club members give speeches in defense of books they believe should win the Newbery Award, followed by a chance to vote in our own Mock Newbery Election. Then, we submit our election results to the actual Newbery Award Committee for their consideration.
What we need
The books eligible for the Newbery Award are first edition, hardcover, highly sought-after titles. Because the books are in demand, waitlists from local libraries are extensive, and the cost of purchasing the books is prohibitive for our students' families. We rely on the generous donations of people like you to help us purchase the books for our club.
And our winners are...
The votes are in! This was a terrific year for children's literature and the competition was fierce! This year's Sunrise Newbery Club winner was Varian Johnson's The Parker Inheritance. Our club members were impressed with the exciting mystery, the character development, and the interwoven history. Thank you to Varian Johnson for sending us this picture of himself wearing our Newbery Club shirt!
We also had four honor books: Vera Brosgol's Be Prepared, Sharon Creech's Saving Winslow, Jonathan Auxier's Sweep, and Ilyasah Shabbaz's Betty Before X. Congratulations to the winners!