Join some mock award discussions


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


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


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

Extra Yard by Mac Barnett

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

Robin Smith

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


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 […]

Time to VOTE! 2013 Mock Caldecott polls are open

2013 Calling Caldecott voting booth

Here’s a link to the Calling Caldecott Ballot #1. Note that you will vote for your first, second, and third choices, just like the real committee. The polls will close at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning (Wednesday, January 22) and we will aim to post the results at noon. Tallying actual Caldecott votes is a tricky […]

Calling Caldecott 2013 ballot list


We decided to put more titles on the ballot this year. It means more math for Robin when we tally everything Wednesday morning, but she says that’s okay, bless her. On the real committee, once the ballot is decided there is more discussion before voting, so we’d like to hear lots of comments. Lurkers, it’s […]

Mock Caldecott DIY

Mock Caldecotts for Dummies

We  got a good question on another post that I think deserves its own space. Here it is: Comment from s.j. on “Are you in mourning?“: For those who did mock Caldecotts with students, I would love some more information and tips on doing one for next year! I have some mixed-grade classes (1, 2, […]