Every year, we are excited to see which children’s books will earn coveted nominations for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King book awards. The American Library Association announces the winners at their midwinter meeting on the last Monday in January, and children’s librarians across the country shout with glee when their favorites are chosen!
Here at GEPL, the Youth Department staff gets together to hotly debate our own picks for a “Mock Caldecott Awards” process. We’ve been reading books for several months now and have narrowed down the nominees to our own favorites! You can host your own mock awards with your kids if you read several of these picks, and then have a celebration to decide which one you most want to win. The criteria includes a book of strong literary merit, exceptional illustrations, and broad noteworthy appeal. Share your family’s picks with us in the comments!
Here are our GEPL Caldecott Nominees for best picture book of the year: