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Host Your Own Mock Caldecott Awards!

Posted: January 8, 2019

By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Youth library staff love to talk about their favorite children’s books, and this is the best time of the year to do so, because the annual awards are right around the corner. The American Library Association (ALA) will announce the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Geisel, and other notable honors on January 28. Here are a dozen of our favorites that we feel are noteworthy for our upcoming “Mock Caldecott” discussion for staff development. We highly recommend all of these books and will be announcing our local winners soon. The Caldecott Committee criteria is as follows:

In identifying a distinguished American picture book for children, defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:

  1. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;
  2. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;
  3. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme, or concept;
  4. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood, or information through the pictures;
  5. Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.

Check out our recommendations below, and host your own Caldecott discussion with your friends or family! Here are some tips for a good discussion:

  1. Narrow down your nominations to 10-15 choices for best picture books of the year.
  2. Let everyone make their best “pitch” for why they feel a particular book is noteworthy. It’s fun and interesting to try and sway others.
  3. On the day of the discussion, have 3 rounds of voting. Round 1 = all titles, Round 2 = half the titles, and Round 3 = final votes for top three.
  4. Pick a winner and two Honor books.
  5. Celebrate with an announcement on social media and tag us! (@glenellynpl)

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

What Can a Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt De La Pena

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Drawn Together by Minh Le

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan

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