Birbery 2020: Birmingham's Mock Newbery Award

  • Birbery 2020 Book trailers

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    Birbery Winners!

    The winner of Birbery 2020 is.... Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga! Birbery honors were given to The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart and Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos. Thank you to everyone who participated, whether you read just one book or all 10! 

    Book Cover for Other Words for Home    Book Cover for The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise   Book Cover for Planet Earth is Blue

    Welcome to Birbery 2020! On this page you will find the list of books, answers to frequently asked questions, the link to the Birbery review sheet, important dates, and more.

    If you would like to purchase your own copies of the Birbery titles, please consider selecting the Birmingham Education Foundation as your Amazon Smile recipient. The images below are linked to Amazon Smile. 



    Book Review Guidelines


    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 library account, you’ll need to take care of those before you check out a Birbery book. Sorry, there are no holds on Birbery titles.

    Q: Can I renew a Birbery Book?
    A: No. Birbery books need to be returned by their due date, but you may check out the same title after the book has been returned for two full class periods. If it is still available after that time, you may check it out again. 

    Q: What happens if my Birbery book is overdue?
    A: You will be charged $.10 a day for overdue Birbery titles, max. $5.00.  

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

    Q: If I have an Audible account or can locate an audiobook version, is that cheating?
    A: No. Listen away! 

    Bookmark Stickers

    Q: How do I get a sticker for my bookmark?
    A: Read the book, write a quality review, come to the library to pick up a sticker.

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

    Birbery Finale - celebration after school 

    Q: How do I get invited to the Birbery celebration?
    A: Read 5 or more books. Write and submit a review for each book. RSVP that you plan to attend. Attend two Birbery activities during lunch rec. The party usually consists of pepperoni pizza from Jets, salad, chips, pretzels, pop, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

    Q: When will the party be held?
    A: March 4th (tentative date) 


    Official Birbery Committee

    Q: How do I earn a spot on the official Birbery Committee?
    A: Read all 10 books, write 10 quality reviews, attend two lunch rec activities, and 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 one 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 finale celebration, 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 qualified 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 quite well.  

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The Contenders

  • The contenders for Birbery 2020 are...

     Deadly Aim Cover

    Emperor of the Universe Cover

    Greystone Secrets Strangers Cover

    New Kid Cover

    Oddmire: Changeling Cover

    Other Words For Home Cover

    Planet Earth is Blue Cover

    Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Cover

    We're Not From Here Cover

    Wildfire Cover

Dates to Remember

  • Birbery 2020 Dates To Remember
    Here are the important dates:
    • November 4th  ► Book titles will be announced. ELA classes are invited to attend the kickoff presentation.
    • November 8th  Book checkout at 7:45 am
    • November 8th - March 1st ► Read and write reviews
    • January 15th ► Book club meeting (1 of 5)
    • January 22nd ► Book club meeting (2 of 5)
    • January 27th► Newbery winner announced
    • January 29th ► Book club meeting (3 of 5)
    • February 12th ► Book club meeting (4 of 5) 
    • February 26th ► Make-up book club meeting = date for absent students (5 of 5)
    • March 1st ► Last day to meet program requirements by 11:59pm. Reviews with a date stamp of March 2nd will not be accepted. 
    • March 4th ► Quiz bowl and Birbery finale celebration after school (3:20-5:30pm) 
    • March 4th ► Five Committee members selected after quiz bowl results
    • March 13th ► Birbery Committee members from 3 schools meet at Baldwin