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.

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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

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Allison Grover Khoury

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.

Posted : Feb 05, 2018 06:49


Sam Juliano

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.

Posted : Feb 02, 2018 04:05


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