Calling Caldecott ballot schedule — get ready to vote!

Robin and I have just worked out the blog logistics for next week. It’s time to mark your calendars, set your watch alarms, make creative alert tones for your smart phones, tie a string around your finger — whatever works for you. Just remember to come vote.

It’s especially exciting for us to see the votes come in since we know there are a lot of you lurking without commenting. This is when everyone gets their say.

Monday, January 21
Sometime Monday morning we will announce the books we’ve chosen to put on the ballot so you can have a full day to discuss them in the comments. Last year we limited it to 15 but we’re thinking about having more this year. Maybe as many as 25.

Tuesday, January 22 at 9 a.m.
The polls will open. Check here for a post that will give you a link to the vote site.

Wednesday, January 23
9 a.m. — Ballot 1 will close and Robin and I will analyze the results offline.
Noon — We’ll post the ballot results for you to discuss. We pretty much assume there will not be a clear winner yet, so we’ll also let you know which books are moving on to the second ballot.

Thursday, January 24 at 9 a.m.
The polls will open for the second ballot and stay open for 24 hours.

Friday, January 25
9 a.m. — Ballot 2 will close
Noon — We’ll announce the results.

And finally, don’t forget to follow the ACTUAL announcement on Monday, January 28 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. I assume there will be a place to watch online, but here’s what ALSC is suggesting: “To follow award announcements live please log on to the ALA Youth Media Awards facebook page at, or via twitter hashtag #ALAyma.”

Here’s a snazzy trailer to get you psyched:

Alice Hoffman About Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty best-selling titles for adults, including Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Her latest novel for children is Nightbird (Lamb/Random), reviewed in this issue.

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