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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 her committee. Presentations will be followed by discussion, voting, and of course snacking throughout.

Each group will follow the terms and criteria as outlined by the American Library Association/ALSC:

Here are the books each committee will discuss (with a couple more still to be chosen). Please help us out by commenting on which book on each slate you think is the most worthy, and why.

 Caldecott committee #1

  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Blizzard written and illustrated by John Rocco
  • NEW: just added The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
  • Hug Machine written and illustrated by Scott Campbell
  • The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
  • Maple written and illustrated by Lori Nichols
  • Sparky! by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans


Caldecott committee #2

  • The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
  • Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
  • The Noisy Paintbox by , illustrated by Mary GrandPre
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
  • Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen


 Geisel committee

  • Cock-a-Doodle Oops! by Lori Degman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke
  • Fix This Mess! written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard
  • NEW: just added The Soccer Fence: A Story of Friendship, Hope, and Apartheid in South Africa by Phil Bildner, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Alexander
  • Tippy and the Night Parade written and illustrated by Lilli Carré
  • You are (Not) Small by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant


 Sibert committee
(looking at younger books because this class covers elementary school only)

  • Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illustrated by Molly Bang
  • Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
  • Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
  • Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre
  • The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and her Family’s Fight for Desegregation written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh


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.

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