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Time to share your mock award results

When the teachers in my children’s lit class completed their mock awards last week (three Caldecott committees plus a Sibert and a Geisel), I encouraged them to hold mock Caldecotts with their own students when they are back in the classroom. I also shared the best incentive I’ve found: Colby Sharp’s 24-second video of his students waiting to hear the results of last year’s mock Caldecott. The screams of joy when they hear the results are deafening! He’s got it pinned to the top of his twitter page here.

So now I’m wondering what all of you have honored in your own mock awards. Use the comments to tell us the results.

If you have never held a mock Caldecott and would like some tips on how to get started, here are some resources I found especially helpful:


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. Emily J Ross says:

    My 5th & 6th grade students at Big Walnut Intermediate in Sunbury OH, picked Are We There Yet? by Dan Santant in a landslide for our Mock Caldecott. We use a 4 question ballot based on the Committee’s criteria to vote after each book and I average the scores form each class. Our 3 honor books were The Airport Book, Snappsy the Alligator (Did not Ask to Be in This Book!) and Return. I pre-selected a field of 10 books (limited by what I could get my hands on from our town’s library). This is the second year I have done it and my students love it!

  2. Allison Grover Khoury says:

    Our mock voting is the week of January 16th. I’ll have 12 classes voting (3 for each grade). We vote for 1 medal and 2 honor books. We don’t do anything fancy, just review all the books we’ve read for our Caldecott reading program, and then hold a vote for each book. The book with the most votes wins. Last year every class vote for ‘Finding Winnie’ for the medal. Needless to say they were THRILLED that their choice won the actual medal. I’ll post my results then.

  3. We voted last week and I tallied the results over the weekend. I run a K-5 public school library in Manhattan and all grades voted. Grades 2-5 ranked their top 3 choices; grades K and 1 just picked a single favorite. I picked 10 books for them to choose among. Our results are as follows:

    1. The Night Gardener
    2. This Is Not A Picture Book
    3. They All Saw A Cat
    4. Come Home, Angus
    5. I Am A Story
    6. Thunder Boy, Jr.
    7. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
    8. The Sound of Silence
    9. Freedom in Congo Square
    10. Real Cowboys

  4. Emily, would you be willing to share your ballot? I’ve done this a number of years but I’d love a way to give my students deeper thought in the process.

  5. We voted here in our public library over the course of December. Due a tie in voting we ended up with one winner and five honors.

    Winner–The Night Gardener, The Fan Brothers
    Honors– Snow White, Matt Phelan
    Henry & Leo, Pamela Zagarenski
    Poor Little Guy, Elana Allen
    Have you Seen Elephant, David Barrow
    A Hungry Lion…, Lucy Ruth Cummins

  6. Rachel Tiemann says:

    On January 10, 2017 25 librarians from the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, New York, gathered for a Mock Caldecott discussion. Results were as follows:

    Freedom in Congo Square, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford

    Honor Books:

    They All Saw a Cat, Illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel

    Thunder Boy Jr., Illustrated by Yuyi Morales and written by Sherman Alexie

  7. We just finished out Mock Caldecott at Snow Horse Elementary in Kaysville, UT.

    Our ten books:
    Snow White, Phelan
    The Airport Book, Brown
    Radiant Child, Steptoe
    Giant Squid, Rohmann
    Thunder Boy, Jr., Morales
    The Night Gardener, Fan
    Emma and Julia Love Ballet, McClintock
    School’s First Day of School, Robinson
    Are we There Yet?, Santant
    They All Saw a Cat, Wenzel

    And the results:
    Medal: The Night Gardener
    Honors: They all Saw the Cat
    School’s First Day of School

  8. Susan M. Dailey says:

    I conducted 2 Mock Caldecotts this week. The first was at the Carmel Clay Public Library where there was 30 participants–mostly public librarians. Their choices were:

    Winner: The Night Gardener illustrated and written by Terry & Eric Fan
    Honors: They All Saw a Cat illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel
    Penguin Problems illustrated by Lane Smith and written by Jory John

    The second was for the Hamilton County Reading Council. There were 15 participants who were school media specialists. Their choices:

    Winner: They All Saw a Cat illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel
    Honors: The Night Gardener illustrated and written by Terry & Eric Fan
    Are We There Yet? illustrated and written by Dan Santat

    It’s interesting that 2 out of 3 of their choices were the same. I conduct 1 more workshop next Friday. Wonder if the same 2 books will rise to the top there.

  9. Bill Wright says:

    Third graders from Kensico School in Valhalla NY here…

    After a *very* difficult decision, we have our results:

    Cricket Song (Anne Hunter)
    Ada’s Violin (Susan Hood/ill. Sally Wren Comport)
    Giant Squid (Candace Fleming/ill Eric Rohmann)
    Maybe Something Beautiful (F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell/ill. Rafael López)
    The Night Gardener (The Fan Brothers)

    Looking forward to watching the live stream from Atlanta on Monday morning!

  10. I conducted Mock Caldecott Elections with approximately 300 students and here are the overall results (number in parens shows how many class groups (out of 5 total) voted for a title)
    Clear winner: Are We There Yet? by Dan Sandat — Gold (3), Silver (1)
    Followed by:
    Maybe Something Beautiful illustrated by Rafael Lopez– Gold (1), Silver (2)
    They All Saw a Cat by Brendon Wenzel — Silver (3)
    The Night Gardener by the Fan Brothers– Silver (3)
    Return by Aaron Becker — Gold (1) Silver (1)
    The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – Silver (2)
    Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis – Gold (1)
    Ada’s Violin illustrated by Sally Wern Comport – Silver (1)
    We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen – Silver (1)
    Details of the program are here:

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