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Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot #2 now open

Here at Calling Caldecott, we are almost finished. Our second ballot will be open until 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/7), and we will announce our mock winner tomorrow around noon.

In less than a week, we will also find out which books will receive recognition from the real Caldecott committee. But right now, the committee members are starting to pack for Denver while organizing their notes on the nominated books. They are thinking about their favorite books of 2017 and what they might say to sway fellow their committee members. With so many books to discuss, it helps to choose just the right words: short and persuasive, giving specific examples. This can be more effective than going page-by-page and giving a laundry list of a book’s attributes. And committee members will definitely avoid nonspecific words like cute or colorful — both of which were banned by my Caldecott chair.

Robin Smith, who served on more book award committees than anyone else I knew, once said that at this stage she liked to picture the jackets of her favorite books, imagining how wonderful it would be if they were to “wear medals for the rest of their lives.”

Here at Calling Caldecott, we are ready to vote again. If your original choices are no longer on the ballot, where will your new votes go? Sometimes people are surprised that what seemed like a clear winner in ballot 1 might not turn out to be a shoo-in after ballot 2. As votes shift around, a different set of books could rise to the top.

Here, again, is the list of books under discussion:

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

A Different Pond illustrated by Thi Bui and written by Bao Phi

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Heath Wentworth

Windows, illustrated by E. B. Goodale and written by Julia Denos

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett

After you vote, be sure to check back here tomorrow afternoon when we announce our winner and honor books. And now…time to VOTE right here!

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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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