The Falmouth Mock Newbery Book Club began in the fall of 2010 at Plummer-Motz Elementary School. Louise Capizzo (Mrs. C.) was the children's librarian at Falmouth Memorial Library at the time, and she was also a member of the 2011 Newbery Medal committee. Mrs. C. had an idea to start a Mock Newbery book club for children in Falmouth to get them excited about the award.
|Members of the 1st Falmouth Mock Newbery Book Club|
Mrs. C. and I worked together to get the book club running. The first year we included readers in grades 3-6, and we met after school at Plummer-Motz. We had 70 students sign up for the book club, and we read from a list of 25 books.
|Mrs. C and Mrs. Potter kick off the Mock Newbery Assembly.|
At the end of the assembly, members of the book club voted. We announced the winner over the intercom at the end of the school day.
|Students voting for the Mock Newbery Award in 2011.|
|Book display from the 2011 Mock Newbery Book Club|
The first book to win the Falmouth Mock Newbery Award was Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.