2022 BIRBERY PROGRAM
January 18th - May 19th
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Week of January 17th
Birbery Program is announced
Book checkout begins
--BOOK CLUBS DATES COMING SOON--
(Book clubs will begin after Mid-Winter break.)
Deadline for all reviews to be submitted: 8am.
Qualifiers announced at the end of the day!
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.
We have 10 titles to choose from. Read as many of the titles as you like!
Submit reviews on the titles you read on
You can also get to Destiny Discover through Classlink (Follet Destiny Icon )
Each review should include:
- your full name and grade
- a brief summary of the book (but don’t spoil the ending)
- why you did or did not like the book
- who you would recommend the book to (people who like...)
5 book reviews + at least 2 Book clubs will qualify a student for the pizza ans ice cream lunch
7 book reviews + at least 2 Book clubs will qualify a student for the Quiz Bowl and chance to win the trip in a limo to Baldwin Library for the day.
by Saadia Faruqi - Realistic Fiction Yusuf is excited to start middle school in his small Texas town, but with the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 attacks coming up, suddenly it feels like the country's same anger and grief is all focused on his Muslim community.
by Waka T. Brown Historical Fiction When twelve-year-old Waka's parents suspect she can't understand the basic Japanese they speak to her, they make a drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother, where she faces the culture shock of a lifetime.
by David Levithan Realistic Fiction / Fantasy Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply…impossible. But it's the story Aidan is sticking to.
by Donna Barba Higuera Science Fiction Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children - among them Petra and her family - have been chosen to journey to a new planet. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet - and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth
by Gary Paulsen Humor / Realistic Fiction Twelve-year-old Carl is fed up with his father's single-minded pursuit of an off-the-grid existence, so he adopts the principles set forth in a randomly discovered puppy-training pamphlet to "retrain" his dad's mindset…a crackpot experiment that produces some very unintentional results.
by Alan Gratz Realistic Fiction / Historical Fiction Brandon is visiting his dad on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center when the attack comes; Reshmina is a girl in Afghanistan who has grown up in the aftermath of that attack but dreams of peace. Both are struggling to survive, both changed forever by the events of 9/11.