Newbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Toolkit

Mock book award programs can develop multiple skill areas, including reading motivation, critical thinking, and interpersonal communication, both for young readers and for professional staff. This webinar looks at the nuts and bolts of developing a mock award program, from initial planning to the final vote. We’ll cover book selection, awards criteria, discussion techniques, and provide tools and examples that you can use and adapt as you develop your own mock book award programs. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Learners will gain understanding of the goals and purposes of mock book award programs.
  • Learners will be shown how awards criteria can be shared in effective and engaging ways.
  • Learners will receive information on practical forms, tools, and resources to use in developing and presenting a mock book awards program.
  • Learners will be shown examples of ways to model effective book evaluation techniques with a group.
  • Learners will be shown that a mock awards program can be adapted and developed to fit a variety of situations. 

Who Should Attend

Youth Services librarians, library paraprofessionals, and support staff in public and school libraries. Children’s literature educators and advocates.


Steven Engelfried, MLIS, Youth Services Librarian, Wilsonville (Ore.) Public Library

Steven Engelfried has been a children’s librarian for 25 years. He has coordinated many Mock Awards programs for kids and teens, as well as for library staff through the Oregon Library Association.  He served on the 2002 Caldecott Committee and the 2010 Newbery Committee and will chair the 2013 Newbery Committee.  He has reviewed books for School Library Journal for over twenty years and has published several articles on literature for SLJ.  Engelfried has an MLIS and a BA in English, both from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is also a storyteller and puppeteer and writes about those topics in his “Beyond the Book Storytimes” blog. 


How to Register


Visit the ALA Registration page to purchase the recording online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.

Tech Requirements

To take part you must have a computer, Internet access, web browser, and a copy of Flash® Player 8 or higher.  You can download a free copy of Flash® Player from the Adobe website if you do not already have it.

Credits &/or CEUs

College credit nor CEU's are available at this time.  An electronic certificate of completion can be sent to participants upon request.


Jenny Najduch
ALSC Program Officer
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4026


Interested in sponsoring this course?  Contact Jenny Najduch, ALSC Program Officer, at the email or phone number above.