Sometimes this Mock Caldecott thing starts to seem a little too real for me. I keep having to remind myself that our choices are not THE choices. I am actually very happy with the three books you all voted for, but I also find myself getting a little sad about some that didn’t make it to our final three. Like Robin, I prefer to have as many honor books as possible. So it’s nice to wake up and realize that the actual awards have yet to be announced. There is still hope!
This time, the toughest losses for me are Little Dog Lost, Ocean Sunlight, and Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! I need to remind myself that the real committee is likely to go in a completely different direction. Last year, our list was weirdly close to the committee’s, but my gut says that was a coincidence and is unlikely to happen again this year. As others have said in the comments here, the 2012 picture book year seems pretty wide open.
The best books this year feel so spread out to me. There’s really strong nonfiction like Step Gently Out, Island, and Life in the Ocean. There are books with gorgeous distinguished (a.k.a. serious) art like I Have a Dream, Green, and Each Kindness. There are funny books like Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs and The Obstinate Pen. And of course the committee will also be talking about lots of books that we never even mentioned here.
I’d love to know which books you are still rooting for.