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Heeere’s the voting schedule

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 Initial ballot announced
9 a.m. Monday, January 20 Ballot 1 open for voting
9 a.m. Tuesday, January 21 Voting on ballot 1 ends
Noon Tuesday, January 21 Ballot 1 results announced on Calling Caldecott
9 a.m. Wednesday, January 22 Ballot 2 opens
9 a.m. Thursday, January 23 Voting ends
Noon Thursday, January 23 Calling Caldecott mock vote results posted


But wait! We’ll be taking a second look at a few of the contenders this week. And after the voting is complete and Calling Caldecott has our winners, we won’t go away until we have a chance to weigh in on the actual winners. Robin will be at the ALA press conference in Philadelphia and report from there. Martha and I will be watching online and will let you know what we think of the choices.


Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.



  1. AllisonGK says:

    Very excited that the time is nearly here to vote. Thanks for all the work on the blog this year. Lots of interesting discussion and book choices. I’ve enjoyed it all, even when I didn’t agree, or have time to comment.

  2. Robin Smith says:

    Three days away–and I only have my personal list narrowed down to six.
    Too bad I only get three votes.

  3. Sam Bloom says:

    Am I allowed to use this space to lobby for a particular book? It still breaks my heart that we didn’t include MARTIN & MAHALIA in our Mock Caldecott in Cincinnati… ‘twould definitely take away some of the sting from that slight if it were included here. Just sayin’. Other than that, MR TIGER, MR WUFFLES, NINO, LOCOMOTIVE, ON A BEAM OF LIGHT, JOURNEY… you know, the usuals.

  4. I am thinking that three books appear to be locked for medals, though it is still unclear which of the three will come away with the gold. Right now I believe:

    Journey (gold)
    Locomotive (Honor)
    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Honor)

    I will add these three, because I love each one dearly and so honestly think they will show:

    A Splash of Red (Honor)
    Stardines (Honor)
    The Matchbox Diary (Honor)

    Beyond this (yes I called for five honor books, which is generally rare, even if it happened last year.) I see the following books -beautiful all- as wildcards, that can easily show up:

    The Mighty Lalouche
    Building Our House
    On A Beam of Light
    Knock Knock
    That is Not a Good Idea
    Flora and the Flamingo
    Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
    If You Want to See A Whale
    Battle Bunny
    Nino Wrestles the World
    The Dark
    Mr. Wuffles
    The Day the Crayons Quit
    This is a Rope
    The Tortoise and the Hare
    How to Train a Train
    Round is a Tortilla
    When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky
    Year of the Jungle
    Advice to Little Girls
    My First Kafka
    A Long Way Away
    Take Me Out to the Yakyu

    This was an absolutely incredible year for Caldecott quality books! Looking forward to the voting here!

  5. Ah, I forgot six others that belong on the list:

    Bluebird (will the obvious RED BALLOON lifting hurt this otherwise beautiful book?)
    Red Hat
    Frog Song
    Who Says Women can’t Be Doctors
    Hell My Name is Ruby

  6. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Sam Juliano, I completely agree with you that this year has brought an unusual number of award-worthy picture books. Thank you for bringing that fact to our attention in such a visual way. That’s a lonnnng list.

    I really didn’t think Philip Stead’s Ruby is his strongest book, but I might have thought differently if it had actually been titled Hell My Name Is Ruby. Assertiveness! 😉

  7. hahahahahahahaha Martha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe I wrote that? What was I thinking? I agree with you though, that it is not Philip Stead’s best work. I much prefer Erin Stead’s Whale book (with Julie Fogliano) Assertiveness indeed! LOL!

    It has been an incredible year, I am with you there.

  8. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Well, mine is winnowed down to a short TEN. So you’ve got me beat, at least 🙂

  9. Wouldn’t you know, I forgot two other books by Adam Rex, both released this past year. MOONDAY is particularly excellent, methinks.

  10. Yes–Moonday is particularly nice.

    I get to go to ALA Midwinter this year, too, and I hope to be there at the awards announcements!

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