Well, well, well. Here you have it, the results of our first ballot. Martha, Lolly, and I have been obsessively checking the returns all weekend. It’s amazing that anything got done here or in Boston.
So, take a look. And if you see any arithmetic mistakes, holler at us and we will get it fixed. (It happens when someone is taking attendance at the same time she is tabulating votes. Thank goodness I have my second graders available with calculators and brains to doublecheck my math. Thank you, Apple TV!)
I love seeing the power of the second and third place votes. For example — see Journey and Mr. Tiger going wild! Journey has a clear advantage with its 93 first place votes, but Mr. Tiger’s significant 2nd and 3rd place votes puts the two books in a virtual tie. Incredible!
I love thinking about the people who only voted for first place–were they voting for their favorite and did not want to give even one point to Any Other Book? Were they unable to choose? Who knows? In the real committee, everyone has to vote for a first, second, and third place book. The “tellers” tally the votes and save every scrap of paper. (By the way, I loved being the teller as tellers get to present the results to the chair, who then announces the progress to the committee.)
So here is where we are. We had about 436 people voting. Most votes came in on Friday, but there was a steady trickle of voters over the course of the long weekend. Twelve books will go on to the final ballot, which will be posted at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Those polls will close at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
|Boxers & Saints||6||8||6||60|
|Building Our House||11||17||20||135|
|Daisy Gets Lost||4||1||2||23|
|Flora and the Flamingo||24||20||22||200|
|Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?||29||14||7||172|
|The Matchbox Diary||9||17||12||111|
|The Mighty LaLouche||11||13||19||121|
|Mr. Tiger Goes Wild||69||60||52||560|
|Niño Wrestles the World||29||19||25||223|
|On a Beam of Light||17||23||29||195|
|Parrots over Puerto Rico||20||13||14||147|
|A Splash of Red||4||13||18||91|
|The Tortoise & the Hare
|The Tree Lady||7||6||9||64|
|Water in the Park
And here is where we are going:
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Journey by Aaron Becker
Locomotive by Brian Floca
The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth
At this point, we do not have a winner, but we clearly have some front runners. And as you can see from the numbers, two scenarios for how we made the cut-off presented themselves. One – choosing books with more than 150 total votes – gave us nine books still on the table. The second scenario — choosing books with more than 120 total votes — gave us twelve books. Since it’s just the three of us, we decided to make the emotional choice, go the inclusive route, and keep as many of our favorite books on the table as we could. We can certainly discuss whether or not that could actually happen on the real committee!
And now, we have another vote. All of those votes for books that are no longer in the running for our little Mock Caldecott are available to the remaining books. How will THAT go? Only you can decide. On the real committee, this would be a time for
strongarming gently persuading your fellow book-loving folk to vote for YOUR favorite title. Use the comments below to do two things: 1. Moan and carry on about books you loved that are No Longer With Us and 2. Lobby for what you think is truly distinctive and deserving of a medal of any color.
And, when the next ballot is posted — VOTE!