Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 is open

Here is a link to the 2019 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, January 22. Sometime that afternoon, we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. [Note: because Monday is a federal holiday, we decided to let voting continue until Tuesday morning rather than Monday. We'll announce the ballot 1 results Tuesday afternoon and run the second ballot vote from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. This year's Calling Caldecott winners will be announced by 5 p.m. Thursday.]

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 28.

Below are the 26 titles on our mock ballot list, as well as a renewed plea to play fair. (Please, no ballot-stuffing!)

  1. Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Corinna Luyken

  2. Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

  3. A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

  4. Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

  5. The Day You Begin illus. by Rafael López

  6. Drawn Together illus. by Dan Santat

  7. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

  8. The Field illus. by Jacqueline Alcántara

  9. Fox + Chick by Sergio Ruzzier

  10. Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

  11. Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

  12. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

  13. A House That Once Was illus. by Lane Smith

  14. Imagine! illus. by Raúl Colón

  15. Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

  16. Nothing Stopped Sophie illus. by Barbara McClintock

  17. Otis and Will Discover the Deep illus. by Katherine Roy

  18. A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

  19. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

  20. Seeing Into Tomorrow illus. by Nina Crews

  21. The Stuff of Stars illus. by Ekua Holmes

  22. Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

  23. They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

  24. The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee

  25. Water Land by Christy Hale

  26. We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga illus. by Frané Lessac

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

Martha is right. There are multiple ballots where the committee is required to vote for their first, second, and third choices. Since the winner needs to have a majority of first place votes, it sometimes does come down to a final ballot with just two books -- one of the reasons there must be an odd number of people on the committee. For the Calling Caldecott mock vote, we limit it to two ballots because of time constraints.

Posted : Jan 23, 2019 04:29

Martha V. Parravano

Yes, Susan, committee members vote exactly this way on each ballot. I suppose there are exceptions -- if it came down somehow to only two books left on the table or something like that -- but as long as there are at least three books to vote on, yes this is how it works.

Posted : Jan 23, 2019 03:40

Susan Dailey

Three was hard! I should probably know this, but is that how many the committee can vote for on each ballot or does it vary?

Posted : Jan 22, 2019 01:14

Jen P.

"Ocean Meets Sky". So many amazing books this year, but I keep going back to this as my favorite.

Posted : Jan 21, 2019 02:27


Ocean Meets Sky? I am a Cat? Baby Monkey Private that makes children giggle with joy.

Posted : Jan 20, 2019 04:44

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