Congratulations to both of these deserving books and their creators! The vote was so ridiculously close that it was almost too close to call:
But a winner must be named, because, as I type, the members of ALSC’s 2014 Caldecott committee are gathering in Philadelphia, preparing for their marathon weekend of meetings that will result in the announcement of the TRUE winners and honor books on Monday morning. (Those who want to experience all the excitement of the media awards press conference can watch it on live stream, here.)
We will be back on Monday as well, with our reactions to the committee’s choices (and please come back to share yours with us). The committee has so many, many excellent picture books to choose from this year. And on that note, I’d like to close by recognizing some of the books that might have been named Calling Caldecott honor books if the stars had aligned differently (i.e., if Journey and Mr. Tiger had not been so dominant and/or we hadn’t had our voting glitches):
Best of luck to all concerned as we head into The Real Thing. See you Monday!