One More Time!

Journey and Mr. Tiger

We promised to post the results of our second ballot this morning . . . but we can’t. A few things went wrong with the voting, including some pretty blatant ballot stuffing. So we won’t show you all the numbers, but we can tell you that once again Aaron Becker’s Journey and Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 second ballot is open!

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We’re heading into the home stretch. Robin, Martha, and I are excited to see how this final vote plays out, especially since the last ballot had some very close votes. It seems pretty clear that either Mr. Tiger Goes Wild or Journey will be the winner, but which one? And what will the honor books […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 ballot #1 results

Calling Caldecott 2014 second ballot

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. […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 ballot #1 open

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As promised, here is a link to the ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. Tuesday (EST), and we’ll post the results AND the titles that will move on to the second ballot at noon on Tuesday. For those who want to think some more before voting, here (below) is the list again. Please […]

Calling Caldecott first ballot announced

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We had planned to start our vote after the weekend, but then we realized that many of you will have this coming Monday off for the Martin Luther King holiday. Polls will still close this Tuesday at 9 a.m. as previously  announced, but the ballot itself will go live here at noon today. You will […]

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Locomotive: Compare and Contrast

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On Tuesday Robin took a second look at Journey and Mr. Wuffles!; today I am grouping another two books with, perhaps, little in common except their excellence, their top-notch production values, their presence on many mock Caldecott winning ballots—and the distinct possibility that they’ll find a place on the real Caldecott table in Philadelphia. Can […]

Mr. Wuffles! and Journey: Compare and Contrast

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What does a wordless picture book about an imaginary world have in common with a mostly wordless book about a cat’s encounter with aliens?  Whether these two books – Journey and Mr. Wuffles! – have anything in common is an interesting question, but that is exactly what the Caldecott committee will have to consider. It might not be these […]

Heeere’s the voting schedule

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I find it hard to believe that we’re just two weeks from The Announcement at ALA. At the end of this week Calling Caldecott will become Calling MOCK Caldecott when all of you get to vote for the winners and honor books. Here’s the schedule. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time. Friday, January 17 […]

Our Crystal Ball

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As soon as the calendar turns to the new year, I start hearing voices. No, they aren’t the voices of my 2013 resolutions reminding me of their long-ignored status; they are the queries from children’s book people wondering, “What will win the Caldecott and Newbery awards?” This is a dreadful question because the only correct […]

Mock Caldecott Results, Please

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That’s a mockingbird, in case you were wondering. Now you know. And now I know that this particular bird, the state bird of my fair state of Tennessee, is called a Mimus polyglottos. I know lots of you will spend the next few weeks running discussion groups about the upcoming children’s book awards. (Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott […]