Birbery Awards

  • Welcome to the 2019 Birbery!  We are excited to launch the 2019 Birbery and reveal the 10 Birbery books during the second week of November.   On this page, you can view summaries of the books, learn a little more about the program, and (coming soon) scroll way down to submit your reviews to qualify for exciting program opportunities!
     
     
  • Calendar

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    November 9
    Book checkout begins

    January - Feb
    Book Clubs
    Coming soon

     

    February 24
    Requirements for participation must be met by 11:59pm

    February 27
    Quiz Bowl at BCS

    March 1
    Committee Meeting at Baldwin Library

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  • What is the Birbery?

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    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 chose ten books that they believe are front-runners for the real Newbery Award. 

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  • How does the program work?

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    We begin by introducing the program and the books to students November 6th through November 9th during an assembly and/or academic labs.

    Then, students can begin to check out the books beginning at 8am on Friday, November 10th.

    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 on March 1 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 on March 10 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.

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  • What are the requirements to participate?

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    To compete in the Quiz Bowl (and enjoy a delicious lunch):

    1. Read all 10 Birbery books.
    2. Review all 10 books on the Media Center website by February 11.
    3. Attend 2 or more book clubs during lunch.

     

    To watch the Quiz Bowl (and eat the food, too!):

    1. Read 5 or more Birbery books.
    2. Review those 5+ books on the Media Center website by February 11.
    3. Attend 2 or more book clubs during lunch.
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  • When are the book clubs?

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    The book clubs will be held during lunches in January and February.  The exact dates for the bookclubs are listed in the calendar above.  Remember, students who wish to participate as an audience member or a contestant in the Quiz Bowl must attend at least 2 of the 10 book clubs!

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  • Contact

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    If you have any additional questions, please contact Ann Truesdell at atruesdell@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

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