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Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot #1 now open

Here is a link to the 2018 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Monday, February 5. Sometime that afternoon, 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 February 12.

Below are the 25 titles on our mock ballot list, as well as a renewed plea to play fair. (Please, no ballot-stuffing!)

  1. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
  2. All the Way to Havana, illustrated by Mike Curato and written by Margarita Engle
  3. The Antlered Ship, illustrated by The Fan Brothers and written by Dashka Slater
  4. Before She Was Harriet, illustrated by James E. Ransome and written by Lesa-Cline Ransome
  5. Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
  6. Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton, illustrated by John Rocco and written by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  7. Blue Sky, White Stars, illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Sarvinder Naberhaus
  8. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  9. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Derrick Barnes
  10. Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, illustrated by Victo Ngai and written by Chris Barton
  11. A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui and written by Bao Phi
  12. Egg by Kevin Henkes
  13. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  14. Her Right Foot, illustrated by Shawn Harris and written by Dave Eggers
  15. How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy
  16. Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
  17. The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell
  18. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Heath Wentworth
  19. A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
  20. Robinson by Peter Sís
  21. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
  22. When’s My Birthday?, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Julie Fogliano
  23. Windows, illustrated by E. B. Goodale and written by Julia Denos
  24. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  25. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett
About Julie Danielson, Martha Parravano, and Lolly Robinson

Julie Danielson, Martha Parravano, and Lolly Robinson are authors of the Calling Caldecott blog.



  1. OK, I’ll mourn, but as I say I am quite happy with this ballot. As we all have a few titles that were never part of the Calling Caldecott equation, I’ll only mention titles that received a an official Horn Book review but ultimately missed the ballot. And of those (I think there were actually four or five, and not two as I stated on another thread) I will only mention one:

    Muddy (Michael Mahin; Evan Turk) I do feel the transcendent, electrifying art, so well fused with the text made for most of the resplendent and dazzling words on music ever published.

  2. Allison Grover Khoury says:

    Yes, I agree with Sam, I would have loved to see Muddy on this ballot. This was a tough vote. I restrained myself from voting for books whose story I liked maybe a little bit more than the illustration, or books that my students really loved. Overall this was a good list. looking forward to the results tomorrow.

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