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And the 2016 Calling Caldecott winners are…

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Approximately four hundred of you (judging by the number of first-place votes) took part in our second vote yesterday, with every one of the remaining eight books on the ballot garnering significant support (see results below). Congratulations to all those deserving and distinguished picture books! and best of luck in the real world as the […]

Calling Caldecott 2016 ballot #2 now open

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This is when it gets really exciting for us. We had access to the secret link where we could see more and more votes come in yesterday. It was kind of like watching a road race in extreme slow motion. At 10 a.m. one book had a huge lead. When I checked back at 1:30 […]

Are you following Calling Caldecott?

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I hope so. If not, here’s the link. At this time of year — from Labor Day to the beginning of the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference — my blog attention is divided because I also write for Calling Caldecott, a mock Caldecott blog. I hope some of you teachers have tried mock Caldecotts in […]

Join some mock award discussions

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Hello, Calling Caldecott readers. I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly’s Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here. Since there are nearly 30 students, we have four groups: two Caldecott committees, one […]

Mock book awards | Class #5, 2015

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This year, most of our last class meeting in Children’s Lit will be devoted to mock book awards. Each student selected a committee to join (Caldecott for picture books, Geisel for easy readers, or Sibert for information books) and chose one or two eligible books published in 2014 to nominate and present to his or […]

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 […]

Extra Yarn wins 2013 Calling Caldecott vote

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The winner of the 2013 Calling Caldecott mock vote is Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen.             The two honor books are Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Though the first place numbers were decisive on this ballot, there […]

Mocking the Caldecott

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A number of you run Mock Caldecotts at your school, library, book club, car pool…wherever 15 or so are gathered in the name of picture books. I hope you will share your results right here in the comments. I think many of us would love to know HOW you conduct the reading, discussion, and voting. […]

Calling Caldecott 2013 final ballot is now OPEN

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As promised, here is a link to the second and final ballot. We hope you’ll keep discussing these books here and on our previous post where you can see the complete results of the first ballot, including just how many first, second, and third place votes each book received. We’ll leave the polls open until […]

Calling Caldecott 2013 ballot #1 results

Books on the 2nd Calling Caldecott ballot, 2013

It’s amazing anything got done last night, what with me checking the results every thirteen seconds or so! My finger was permanently adhered to the refresh button, I tell you! Lolly has constructed this dandy table and I have done the math. (Fingers crossed that I haven’t messed anything up. Frantic calculating while second graders […]