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Calling Caldecott 2017 ballot #1 now open

Here is a link to the 2017 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) tomorrow — Friday, January 13. Around 1 p.m., we will post the results and a link to the second ballot.

Go ahead and lobby for your favorites in the comments here. Or mourn for the books that didn’t make it onto our ballot. Remember, this is just a MOCK vote. Even if it’s missing here, your favorite book could still win big in real life on January 23.

Now here is our mock ballot list again, as well as a renewed plea to play fair.

Here are the 24 titles the three of us have chosen to appear on our mock Caldecott ballot:

  1. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown
  2. Before Morning, illus. by Beth Krommes
  3. Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
  4. Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock
  5. Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins
  6. Freedom in Congo Square, illus. by R. Gregory Christie
  7. Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan
  8. Giant Squid, illus. by Eric Rohmann
  9. Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
  10. Ideas Are All Around by Philip C. Stead
  11. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph, illus. by Francis Vallejo
  12. March: Book 3, illus. by Nate Powell 
  13. Maybe Something Beautiful, illus. by Rafael Lopez
  14. Miracle Man by John Hendrix
  15. Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
  16. Real Cowboys by Jonathan Bean
  17. Snow White by Matt Phelan
  18. Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet
  19. The Sound of Silence, illus. by Julia Kuo
  20. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, illus. by Erin E. Stead
  21. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  22. This Is Not a Picture Book! by Sergio Ruzzier
  23. Thunder Boy Jr., illus. by Yuyi Morales
  24. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


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. Anne Cansse says:

    Maybe Something Beautiful, illus. by Rafael Lopez

  2. Sue Schnapp says:

    A wonderful book! The story is so inspiring and the illustrations are fantastic! The book is a favorite with kids and some have created their own “beautiful ” areas.

  3. The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond is a gorgeous book! I love the playfulness of the little girl alongside the majestic polar bear (and the reader learns a lot of facts about this threatened creature, too). The beautiful art should make this book a Caldecott contender for sure.

  4. Allison Grover Khoury says:

    That was rough – getting it down to 3. That is all.

  5. Perry Nodelman says:

    On first having Du Iz Tak? read to her, my four-year-old niece laughed uproariously and said, “This book is SO funny.” The next day she gleefully read it to us, making up her own nonsense language as she turned the pages. Two days later, she had memorized the entire original text and she read it to us that way. Meanwhile, she spent a long time enjoying figuring out the story the pictures were showing her. And it didn’t make her a better person in any obvious way at all–it just made her very happy. If that isn’t a successful book, I don’t know what is. I like it, too.

  6. Marissa Kildare says:

    I had the opposite reaction of the comment to select only three – Calling Caldecott and other blogs have opened my eyes to see issues and reasons pro and con that I wouldn’t have otherwise seen in picture books. I actually had a hard time finding a third book I could find myself getting behind! I really appreciate the education that is provided here and elsewhere.

  7. I love that graphic at the top! I think Big Thunder might feel a little scrunched inside that little ballot booth though. 🙂

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