The lists that I posted on Friday were for the mock awards that I’m actually attending in the Portland area. But why limit yourself to those? Lots of libraries put out mock lists and hold workshops for both kids and adults.
My favorite to follow online is Heavy Medal at SLJ. They do host an in-person Mock Newbery in Oakland, with their own list of eight titles, but the online discussion is also very…robust. There are plenty of people with strong feelings about the books, and Nina and Jonathan do a great job of keeping the discussion relevant to the criteria. The discussion certainly isn’t limited to their shortlist, which is also great – it gets me limbered up to discuss the books on the OLA/WLA list, and it gets me thinking more broadly about the criteria.
I also follow a Mock Newbery on Goodreads, a group that votes each month on one book to read and discuss. The discussion isn’t nearly as thorough as at Heavy Medal, but it’s interesting to see which titles are chosen (and so far I’ve managed to keep up – The Kneebone Boy, Scumble, Countdown, The Red Umbrella, Out of My Mind, and Mockingbird.)
Are there any others I should be following? Or any good Mock Caldecott and Mock Printz discussions?