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Calling Caldecott 2016 ballot #1 now open

The voting booths were filled with voters at Memorial Hall in Independence, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/The Independence Daily Reporter, Nick Wright)

As promised, here is a link to the ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday. That’s tomorrow. Around noon Tuesday, Jan. 5 we will post the results of the first ballot AND a link to the second and final ballot.


For those who want to think some more before voting, here (below) is the list again. Please go ahead and lobby for your favorites in the comments. You are also allowed to mourn for the books that didn’t make it onto the ballot. But even if you are mourning, please do go ahead and vote! (And also please remember our plea from last Wednesday not to use social media to drum up meaningless votes.)

Here are the 25 titles we have chosen to appear on our first 2016 Mock Caldecott ballot:

  1. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich (Julia Sarcone-Roach)
  2. Bird & Diz (Ed Young)
  3. Boats for Papa (Jessixa Bagley)
  4. Drowned City (Don Brown)
  5. Drum Dream Girl (Rafael López)
  6. Finding Winnie (Sophie Blackall)
  7. Float (Daniel Miyares)
  8. If You Plant a Seed (Kadir Nelson)
  9. In a Village by the Sea (April Chu)
  10. It’s Only Stanley (Jon Agee)
  11. Last Stop on Market Street (Christian Robinson)
  12. Lenny & Lucy (Erin E. Stead)
  13. My Bike (Byron Barton)
  14. My Pen (Christopher Myers)
  15. The Night World (Mordicai Gerstein)
  16. Out of the Woods (Rebecca Bond)
  17. Tricky Vic (Greg Pizzoli)
  18. Two Mice (Sergio Ruzzier)
  19. Voice of Freedom (Ekua Holmes)
  20. Wait (Antoinette Portis)
  21. Waiting (Kevin Henkes)
  22. Water Is Water (Jason Chin)
  23. When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt (Molly Bang)
  24. The Whisper (Pamela Zagarenski)
  25. Wolfie the Bunny (Zachariah OHora)
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. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    It seems weird to comment on my own post, but I wanted to say that it was SO hard for me to limit my vote to just 3 this year. I’m trusting that some of the favorites I couldn’t vote for make it to the second ballot.

  2. I think I forgot to mention on the previous post that I’m very sad that Trombone Shorty is not on the list. My 1, 2, 3rd graders LOVE!!!!!!! Trombone Shorty. So inspiring to have a true story of a musician who is self-taught and so brilliant, and so young! And illustrations by the remarkable Brian Collier.

  3. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    Plus! Allison, he was the “voice” of all the grownups in the new Peanuts movie. Clever casting! 🙂

  4. Waiting by Kevin Henkes

  5. I love the graphic at the top of the post!! How did you do that?

  6. Lolly Robinson Lolly Robinson says:

    Hello, in Australia! The graphic was pieced together in Photoshop from a photo of an actual voting booth and images from three of the books on the ballot.

  7. I’ve pretty much spend the past week scratching my head as to why Home by Carson Ellis is so absent from both best of 2015 lists and any mock Caldecotts. It was my favorite book of the year! I’m starting to wonder if something is wrong with my taste in books.

  8. I really enjoy that top graphic as well. So cool!

  9. I love Home, too!

  10. Swan by Laurel Snyder! Gorgeous!

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