Birbery Reading Program
Birbery Program is announced at BCS during class checkouts
Book checkout begins at BCS
--BOOK CLUBS DATES COMING SOON--
Book clubs will take place throughout March and April
Deadline for all reviews to be submitted: 11:59pm.
Quiz Bowl at BCS
The five winners of the Quiz Bowl will go on to the Committee!
Birbery Committee meets at Baldwin Public Library
The Birbery is a reading program designed by Birmingham Media Specialists for all Birmingham Public School 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It is a “Mock Newbery” program. The real Newbery is an award given each year in January for “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in the preceding year.” The BPS Media Specialists and Baldwin librarians chose 10 exceptional books that they believe are front-runners for the real Newbery Award.
To compete in the Quiz Bowl (and enjoy a delicious lunch):
- Read all 10 Birbery books.
- Review all 10 books on the Media Center website by May 8.
To watch the Quiz Bowl (and eat the food, too!):
- Read 5 or more Birbery books.
- Review those 5+ books on the Media Center website by May 8.
We begin by introducing the program and the books to students during an assembly and/or academic labs.
Then, students can begin to check out the books at the end of the "launch week."
This is an optional program where students can read and review as many of the 10 Birbery books as they choose. Students who meet the requirements detailed below come to the Quiz Bowl during school, where the 10 book readers answer game-show style questions about the books. Students who are 5+ book readers get to watch. Everyone votes on BCS’s favorite Birbery book. Plus, everyone gets fed lunch and snacks, too!
Finally, the top 5 scorers of the Quiz Bowl form the BCS branch of the Birbery Committee. The committee members from each middle school are picked up by a limo from school and taken to Baldwin Library to meet. They eat a catered lunch and discuss the books to decide on the Birbery Award winning book of the year.