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Mock Caldecott Award

January 22, 2020 0 comments

Mock Caldecott Award

Every year the Caldecott Selection Committee sifts through hundreds of picture books, looking for that one special gem, the one with the most pristine illustrations. The one book where the pictures tell a wondrous story all on its own, moving the reader and instantly drawing a connection. The Randolph Caldecott Medal is then awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Could you imagine looking through so many books?! How do you choose?! Where do you even begin?! Especially when it can include fiction or nonfiction picture books!

Fortunately, the committee is given certain criteria to follow when narrowing down their choices to just SEVEN titles. If you’re interested, check out the American Library Association’s award page for more info on what the judges are looking for exactly, and for a list of previous winners.

A few of our favorite past winners include:

And last year’s winner: Hello Lighthouse written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2019)

But with so many great books, every year includes a list of honorable mentions because picking just one is quite a challenge!

Notable past honors include:

So what picture books have been your favorites this past year? What books have you checked out, and checked out AGAIN, because those illustrations are just fantastic?

Here are a few of our favorite potential titles in our very own mock Caldecott:

  • My Heart written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken

  • Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong'o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison

  • A Stone Sat Still written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

  • Saturday written and illustrated by Oge Mora

  • Truman written by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

  • Bear Came Along written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

  • Hey, Water! written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

The actual Caldecott award for this year will be announced on Monday, January 27. Will one of your favorites take home the medal?


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