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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 Wild (neither involved in the voter irregularity) came out on top — and in close proximity to each other. Journey had 92 first-place votes, 48 second-place votes, and 34 third-place votes. With the weighted balloting, its total is 580. Mr. Tiger had 62 first-place votes, 85 second-place votes, and 45 third-place votes, for a total of 593. However, on the real Caldecott committee, in order for a book to be declared the winner, more than half the committee has to choose it as their top pick. Here, that didn’t happen.

Now you all know that we love honor books –and we would like nothing more than to award a record-breaking number this year. But in such a situation, where two books have pulled so far ahead of the field, a committee might need to let go of its hopes and dreams and decide that one book will be the winner and the other the honor book (the time-honored method, apparently, of dealing with such a situation. For better or worse).

Therefore, we are going to a third ballot! It’s open now — here is the link. It will be open until 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday. Vote for either Mr. Tiger Goes Wild or Journey. One to be the winner; the other, the honor book here at Calling Caldecott. We love ’em both.


Martha V. Parravano About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.



  1. Not at all surprised that these two great book finished neck and neck once again. I love both but my vote here goes to JOURNEY.

  2. Wow – not the results I was expecting this morning!!!

    Too bad about the ballot stuffing. I had my husband vote on his login from our computer and he only agreed with 2 of my choices! Hope that didn’t cause a problem!

    I voted for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. I just like it better. Sly humor, more original, great message.

    Journey is beautiful and an homage to some brilliant artists, but Mr. Tiger gets my vote every time.

    I was looking forward to honor books and getting a sense of where folks went with all these great books. Hopefully we’ll be in better shape next year.

    Thanks again for this, and looking forward to the results tomorrow.

  3. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Alison, your independent-thinking husband is more than welcome to his vote :).

    I too was looking forward to arriving at a lovely list of deserving winner and honor books. And yes, we’ll have to work out a better system for next year.

    Thanks so much for participating (and thank your husband, too!).

  4. Tim Hamilton says:

    Mr. Tiger Goes Wild ” the most distinguished American picture book for children” and Adults-

  5. Two great choices–I’m not surprised!

  6. Patty Kreutzer says:

    Sad to see that my favorites didn’t make it, but between these two I’ll have to choose Tiger. My students do like it very much.

  7. Barb Outside Boston says:

    The voting link isn’t opening for me, but that seems fitting because I would be perfectly happy if either won as long as both are recognized!

  8. the voting is closed to me also. I like both but my first choice is Journey. Gol Aaron 😉

  9. Thanks, Martha!

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