Birbery 2016: Birmingham's Mock Newbery Award

  • BIRBERY 2016



    Book Checkout

    Q: How many Birbery books can I check out at one time?
    A: One

    Q: How long can have the book?
    A: Two weeks. If you have any overdues or fines on your account, you’ll need to take care of those before you check out a Birbery book. There are no holds on Birbery titles.

    Q: What happens if my Birbery book is overdue?
    A: Beginning with Birbery 2017, you will be charged $.10 cents a day for overdue Birbery titles.  

    Q: Can I get the books from another provider such as Amazon, Kindle, the public library, etc.
    A: Yes, you are not required to check them out through the school library.


    Q: How do I access the quizzes?
    A: Log in to the Birmingham Moodle page here.

    Q: What is my username and password?
    A: It's the same one you use to use the computers at school. If you're in 6th grade or are having trouble, try the password changeme.

    Q: Can I take the quiz from any location?
    A: Yes

    Q: How long is each quiz?
    A: 10 multiple choice questions.

    Q: How long do I have to complete the quiz?
    A: 30 minutes

    Q: How many times can I take the quiz?
    A: Two. Please make sure you are ready to take the quiz the first time. The retake is only to be used as an emergency safety net.

    Q: What happens if I score less than an 80% both times?
    A: That book is no longer eligible for you to add to your reading totals. No sticker for that title.

    Bookmark Stickers
    Q: How do I get a sticker for my bookmark?
    A: Read the book, pass the quiz with an 80%, come to the library to pick up sticker.

    Q: Do I need to print out my quiz to get the sticker?
    A: No. Stickers are handed out on the honor system.

    Birbery celebration luncheon 
    Q: How do I get invited to the Birbery luncheon?
    A: Read 5 or more books. Pass the quiz for each book with a 80%. RSVP that you plan to attend. The luncheon usually consists of pizza, salad, and ice cream for dessert.

    Q: When will the luncheon be held?
    A: Sometime in late March during your lunch and rec time. 

    Official Birbery Committee
    Q: How do I earn a spot on the official Birbery Committee for my school?
    A: Read all 10 books, pass all 10 quizzes with at least an 80%, be one of the top 5 scoring participants in the quiz bowl.

    Q: What are the perks of being on the committee?
    A: You will be picked up by limo and transported to the Baldwin library for lunch. Once there, you will discuss the books with the committee members from the other middle schools. You will represent our school when voting for the book that you believe should win the Birbery award.

    Q: If I read all 10 books, will I be forced to compete for a spot on the committee?
    A: No. If you want to be on the committee, then you have to compete for a spot. However, If you are content with simply gathering stickers and being invited to attend the luncheon, then that’s awesome, too!

    Birbery Quiz Bowl

    Q: How will the quiz bowl competition be structured?
    A: The structure of the quiz bowl depends on the number of participants.

    Q: Will the competition be done by grade level?
    A: No, all eligible students will compete at one time.

    Q: What can I expect the questions to be like?
    A: The quiz bowl is tough! Ten questions from each book will be placed in a hopper and selected at random. The questions may be rather obscure, so if you plan on competing for a spot, you'll need to know the books well.  

Cover photo of masterminds
  • The winner of Birbery 2016 is Masterminds by Gordon Korman!


    After three rounds of voting, the Birbery committee members selected Masterminds by Gordon Korman as the winner of the 2016 Birmingham Public Schools mock Newbery Awards reading challenge.

    The committee also gave Birbery honor awards to:

    The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen


  • Birbery 2016 Dates To Remember
    Visit the library for more information. We have some great books!
    Here are the important dates:
    • December 7 Book checkout at 7:30 am
    • December 7-March 14 Read and take quizzes
    • January 11 Newbery Winner Announcement
    • February - March Bookclubs and activities TBA
    • March 14 Last day to test and meet requirements
    • March (TBD) Vote for Derby's favorite Birbery book
    • March 18 5 Committee members selected from Derby (Quiz bowl)
    • March 18 Derby's Final Birbery Celebration during lunch and rec in the library
    • March 31 Birbery Committee from 3 schools meets at Baldwin