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Mock Caldecott Results, Please

Mimus_polyglottos1That’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 King, Printz, Geisel, Pura Belpre…)  Last year I talked about how I run my second-grade class’s mock Caldecott discussion here, and I will start that process for this year’s books as soon as the ice clears and we can get back to school. You probably do something similar with your library patrons or children’s literature college classes or school, and we want to know the results.

So, please share the results of your mock Caldecott discussions in the comments. If you have results of other mock awards, list ’em as well. We want to know!

Robin Smith About Robin Smith

Robin Smith is a second-grade teacher at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a reviewer for Kirkus and The Horn Book Magazine and has served on multiple award committees.



  1. The University of Texas’ iSchool class on Visual Resources for Youth (taught by Dr. Barbara Immroth–a two-time RealCommittee member herself!) does a Mock Caldecott every fall. This year we selected Peter Brown’s MR. TIGER GOES WILD as our winner due to its impeccable pacing, humor, and overall design aesthetic. Our honors went to IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE, THE DARK, THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE, and LOCOMOTIVE. We also loved NINO WRESTLES THE WORLD, JOURNEY, FROG SONG, and UNICORN THINKS HE’S PRETTY GREAT, but none of the titles got enough votes to make it into our top 5.

  2. This was my second year co-hosting a Mock Caldecott for the Youth Services Department at Sacramento Public Library. This year our pick was MR. TIGER GOES WILD, which was passionately advocated for in our large group discussion. Our honors went to FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO and THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT. We’ve had fun Mocking Caldecott for the past two years, but we’re considering a Mock Geisel for next year.

  3. Susan Dailey says:

    Betsy Bird is collecting Mock results on her Fuse #8 blog. You can find them at : I like to share this information with participants at the two Mock Caldecotts I conduct. I’ve typed up a list of the 7 results I’ve seen so far. You can find the list at

  4. In Rhode Island, 19 librarians (school, public and retired) met on Monday to decide on our mock Caldecott winners. Here are our results:

    Winner: JOURNEY by Aaron Becker
    Honors: BUILDING OUR HOUSE by Jonathan Bean
    EXCLAMATION MARK written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

  5. Sam Bloom says:

    A whopping 60-something librarians from SW Ohio and Northern Kentucky came together to discuss 24 picture books. After working in small groups here’s what we did:

    Winner: JOURNEY by Aaron Becker
    Honors: MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown
    NELSON MANDELA by Kadir Nelson

    On a semi-related note, I made the mistake of mentioning my revelatory experiences on this very blog on the subject of locks (the ones in waterways, not the ones on doors); how foolish to have done that in front of a group of people from Cincinnati. To quote one of my colleagues: “You’re not from here, are you?” It’s going to take a looooooooong time to live that one down!

  6. Sam Bloom says:

    Just in case you were wondering, here was our full Mock Caldecott longlist:
    * BLUEBIRD – Bob Staake
    * BOOM! – Steven Salerno (Mary Lyn Ray auth.)
    * BRAVE GIRL – Melissa Sweet (Michelle Markel auth.)
    * THE DARK – Jon Klassen (Lemony Snicket auth.)
    * FOSSIL – Bill Thomson
    * FROG SONG – Genady Spirin (Brenda Guiberson auth.)
    * IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE – Erin Stead (Julie Fogliano auth.)
    * JOURNEY – Aaron Becker
    * LITTLE RED WRITING – Melissa Sweet (Joan Holub auth.)
    * LOCOMOTIVE – Brian Floca
    * A LONG WAY AWAY – Frank Viva
    * THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE – Sophie Blackall (Matthew Olshan auth.)
    * MR. WUFFLES! – David Wiesner
    * MR. TIGER GOES WILD – Peter Brown
    * NELSON MANDELA – Kadir Nelson
    * NINO WRESTLES THE WORLD – Yuyi Morales
    * ON A BEAM OF LIGHT – Vladimir Radunsky (Jennifer Berne auth.)
    * PAPA’S MECHANICAL FISH – Boris Kulikov (Candace Fleming auth.)
    * PRICE OF FREEDOM – Eric Velasquez (Judith Bloom Fradin auth.)
    * THIS IS THE ROPE – James Ransome (Jacqueline Woodson auth.)
    * THE TORTOISE & THE HARE – Jerry Pinkney
    * WHO SAYS WOMEN CAN’T BE DOCTORS? – Marjorie Priceman (Tanya Lee Stone auth.)

    We also held our Mock Newbery yesterday, and I am THRILLED to report that Rita Williams-Garcia’s amazing P.S. BE ELEVEN was the winner. We chose three honors: ZEBRA FOREST by Adina Gewirtz, THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER by Kevin Henkes, and NAVIGATING EARLY by Clare Vanderpool.

  7. Chris Lassen says:

    Brooklyn Public Library held their Mock Caldecott yesterday. It was a great day with a definitive winner:
    JOURNEY by Aaron Becker.

    Our sole honor book was THE TORTOISE & THE HARE by Jerry Pinkney.

    Other fantastic titles we looked at but didn’t garner enough votes were:

  8. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    The Nashville Newbery Book Club spent the evening looking at 25 Caldecott possibilities and, after two ballots, our results are as follows:



  9. The Johnson County Public Library youth librarians in Indiana had our first Mock Caldecott yesterday. Our winner was MR TIGER GOES WILD and our honors were FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO, HANK FINDS AN EGG, and JOURNEY.

  10. Angela Reynolds says:

    I’ve been working with the Grade 9 English class since September– we’ve been looking closely at picture books and exploring the Caldecott criteria. Today we voted– had to vote 3 times, since we were trying to vote like the actual committee would be voting. The winner: Mr. Wuffles! Honor books include: Mr. Tiger Goes WIld, Bluebird, Journey, and The Day the Crayons Quit.

  11. Susan Dailey says:

    On Friday, January 17th, 27 public and school librarians attended a Mock Caldecott Workshop at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Indiana.

    Winner: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild illustrated and written by Peter Brown
    Honors: Hank Finds an Egg illustrated and written by Rebecca Dudley, The Invisible Boy illustrated by Patrice Barton, written by Trudy Ludwig & Journey illustrated and written by Aaron Becker

  12. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    The 17 second graders in my class have finally voted:

    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

    Honor Books:
    Have you Seen My New Blue Socks?
    Building Our House

    We took the voting through two ballots–the first ballot had Journey leading by a hair, but the second ballot had Mr. Tiger pulling ahead by enough to call the Medal.

  13. Bill Wright says:

    It took us almost all day to do it, but my 3rd graders (at Kensico School, Valhalla, NY) have their Caldecott winner and honors! After a long, many-ballotted, and very passionate battle, the winner is BLUEBIRD. We had five honors: HANK FINDS AN EGG, JOURNEY, MATCHBOX DIARY, MR TIGER GOES WILD, and MR WUFFLES.
    I’ll be sharing all the mock results with the kids on Monday, and I’m going to try to get the live feed from Philly working in the classroom too! Looking forward to finding out the “real” results!!

  14. Robin Smith says:

    You are the second person today to mention Hank Finds an Egg…A sleeper? I do not have it so I can’t speak to it. But it’s pretty interesting to wonder about winners that pop out of the blue. I would not be surprised to see Tortoise and Hare on the list, now that I think of it. Thanks, Bill!

  15. My third graders completed their mock Caldecott today. I selected the 12 books for them to debate and then they took it from there, so It’s always interesting to hear their opinions. After much deliberation and two votes (a second to determine honor books) our results were:

    Winner: Journey (overwhelmingly so…16 of 17 students had this book either 1st or 2nd)
    Honors: Mr. Wuffles, Bluebird

    Thank you for doing such a great job running this blog and we look forward to watching on Monday.

  16. Susan Dailey says:

    The Wells County Public Library in northeast Indiana hosted a Mock Caldecott workshop with 39 participants. After a day of book examination and discussion, we selected a winner and two honor books.

    Winner: “The Matchbox Diary” illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, written by Paul Fleischman
    Honors: “The Invisible Boy” illustrated by Patrice Barton, written by Trudy Ludwig and “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” illustrated and written by Peter Brown

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