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Share Your Mock YMA Results!

The post below is cross posted from the ALSC blog. If you’ve done any mock awards at your library (not just the Printz, though we’re especially excited about that one here at the Hub) please share the results with us!

In just over two weeks, on Monday morning, January 28th, the Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw19. Excitedly, we will all hear what wins some of the most prestigious book awards in the world, including the Newbery Award, the Caldecott Award, the Printz Award, the Batchelder Award, and more. As excitement builds, librarians in schools and libraries around the country offer Mock YMA elections to help stimulate and share the reading enthusiasm and excitement. The ALSC Blog collects results from these mock elections and compiles the results on its Mock Elections page.

Share your Mock Printz (and other Mock YMA) Results With Us!

It’s that time of year again!

The ALA Youth Media Awards are right around the corner! At this year’s Midwinter Meeting, we’ll find out which titles were selected for the Printz, the Newbery, the Caldecott, and many more.

But perhaps excitement for this year’s best kid lit is so high in your community that you’ve decided to bring some of the fun to your library and offer a Mock Award program? If so, we want to hear from you!

Another Year, Another Mock Printz

As the year begins to wind down, so do Mock Printz selection teams! With the Michael L. Printz Award just over 2 months away, we begin to narrow our choices and seriously discuss our contenders.  As a member of my library system’s selection team, I read many amazing and beautiful books this year. The experience was fun, engaging, and exposed me to books and authors I may not have otherwise picked up.

Does your library host a Mock Printz? What is your set up?

The Book Club Formerly Known as Printz

in darkness nick lake printz sealWhen Hedberg Public Library teen librarian Laurie Bartz and I learned we would both be part of the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award committee, we hoped this might be our chance to get our teens reading and discussing books from a critical perspective. We had tried before to form teen clubs around critical book discussion without success. Kids were happy to come talk about books, but all we ever got out of them (no matter what strategies we employed) was so much plot that no one else in the room needed to read the books.

So when we invited some teens to read 2012 books we thought were “important,” we said we expected them to talk about the books the same way the real Printz committee was going to discuss their books. Our high school faculty partners asked us to create a rubric from the criteria and, armed with that rubric [doc] and Book Discussion Guidelines [docx] from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, we began our exciting, year-long adventure.

DIY Mock Printz

Last month I had the most fun, doing the nerdiest thing since becoming a librarian: I participated in my first Mock Printz discussion. Fourteen YA librarians met for a morning of great books, amazing discussion and criminal amounts of fun. Afterward I realized how easy organizing a Mock Printz discussion would be. All you need is group that loves YA literature, librarians, teens, or your monthly book club and these easy steps.

Step #1: Make a Reading List

This is a daunting task, even for someone like me who reads many books through out the year. Luckily, besides pulling on your memory, there are other places to find books that got starred reviews or landed on the various best of lists. The Hub, of course, is a great stop for finding well reviewed titles and also analysis and interesting break downs of the “best of” lists. Largehearted Boy amazingly collected just about every best of list that exists. School Library Journal‘s Someday My Printz Will Come blog (great name!) has been collecting possible Printz contenders all year. Asking your favorite group of teens is one more way of crafting a well-round list.

Select about five to six titles and share them in advance with your group. It’s important to do this well ahead of time so everyone has a chance to acquire the titles and time to read them.

Step #2: Host a Discussion

This is where a group “passionate about YA literature” comes into play. They can easily talk about what makes a great YA novel worthy of the Printz. But it’s also helpful to remind the group of the eligibility requirements and criteria. YALSA suggests these criteria which are not exhaustive, but are a great place to start the discussion of what constitutes the best in terms of literary merit.

  • Story
  • Voice
  • Style
  • Setting
  • Accuracy
  • Characters
  • Theme
  • Illustrations
  • Design (including format, organization, etc.)