BIRBERY - Birmingham's mock Newbery award

  • After only one round of voting, the Birbery Committee members named Refugee by Alan Gratz the 2018 Birbery Award winner! Birbery Honors were given to The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish, Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson, and See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng.

      Refugee Book Jacket     The Ethan I was Before Book Jacket     Last Day on Mars Book Jacket     See You in the Cosmos Book Jacket  

    Thank you to everyone who participated in Birbery 2018!!  

    Congratulations to the following students for making it to the finale celebration level:

    Logan D. 

    Silvia D. 

    Drew G. 

    Samantha H. 

    Luke J. 

    Keegan K. 

    Here were the quiz bowl contestants: 

    Natalie B. 

    Duarte B. 

    Francesca B.

    Gavin B. 

    *Luca D. 

    Emerson D.

    Sophie H.

    Kiran H. 

    Nicholas H. 

    Roya L. 

    *Grant M. 

    Talia S. 

    *Sara S. 

    *Allison S. 

    Steven S. 

    Ben W. 

    *Elizabeth W.

    *2018 Birbery Committee Members

  • BIRBERY 2018


    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 availalbe 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. $2.00.  

    Q: Can I get the books from another provider such as Amazon, Kindle, the public library, Books-A-Mllion, 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! 


    Book Reviews - Click here to submit

    Book Review Guidelines

    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 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 a review for each book. RSVP that you plan to attend. Attend two Birbery activities during lunch rec. The party usually consists of peperoni pizza from Jets, salad, and ice cream for dessert.

    Q: When will the party be held?
    A: Tuesday, February 13th from 3:20-5:15pm. 

    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 for Birbery 2018 are...

      All's Faire in Middle School

    Beyond the Bright Sea

    The Ethan I was Before

    Her Right Foot

    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

    Last Day on Mars


    Scar Island

    See You in the Cosmos

       Tumble and Blue   

  • Birbery 2018 Dates To Remember
    Here are the important dates:
    • November 1st  ► Book titles will be announced. ELA classes are invited to attend the kickoff presentation.
    • November 10th ► Book checkout at 7:45 am
    • November 10th - February 11th ► Read and write reviews
    • December 6th ► Bookclub meeting (1 of 4)
    • December 20th ► Bookclub meeting (2 of 4)
    • January 10th ► Bookclub meeting (3 of 4)
    • January 24th ► Bookclub meeting (4 of 4)
    • February 7th ► Bookclub meeting make-up date for absent students
    • February 11th ► Last day to meet program requirements. Reviews with a date stamp of February 12th will not be accepted. 
    • February 12th  ► Newbery Winner Announcement
    • February 13th ► Quiz bowl and Birbery finale celebration after school (3:20-5:20)
    • February 13th ► Five Committee members selected after quiz bowl results
    • February 16th ► Birbery Committee members from 3 schools meet at Baldwin