School Librarians Converge for Mock Book Awards at Orange-Ulster BOCES

February 2019

Orange-Ulster BOCES recently held its 4th Annual School Library System (SLS) Mock Book Awards. The event, which was attended by 25 school professionals from the Orange County area, including school librarians and English teachers, gave attendees the opportunity to collaborate and discuss recently published books with the goal of discovering books that will be appealing to their students.

The Mock Book Awards are designed around the American Library Association’s (ALA) well-known Caldecott, Newbery and Prinz Awards, which celebrate the organization’s selections for Best Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Each year these awards are announced at ALA’s Annual Conference, which will be held in February.

At the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System (SLS) Mock Book Awards event, school librarians discussed and chose a winner and two “honor” books for each of the three awards. In preparation for the Mock Book Awards, participants had read a number of books for each award that had been selected by an SLS committee. They then discussed the books and voted for their selections. OU BOCES SLS Coordinator Diana Wendell moderated the day-long event. Participating librarians received some of the books to add to their school library collections.

Conference participants

Diane E. Lang, Ph.D. Director of Instructional Support Services said, “The reason for hosting our mock book event is to encourage school librarians to read highly reviewed books and hone their skills in running book discussions ultimately to encourage students to develop a love of reading. Identifying great new books is the first step to providing that access through our school libraries. It is wonderful event that helps promote reading for learning and enjoyment.”

Dutchess, Sullivan along with Orange-Ulster BOCES SLS’ do mock book award programs every year.