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Mock book awards | Class #6, fall 2016

During our last class on November 30, students will meet in mock award groups. At the first class, we formed five award committees based on students' personal preferences. We've got a Geisel committee, a Sibert committee, and three Caldecott committees. Each student nominated one or two 2016 books which they will present to their group during next week's class. Every committee will follow the terms and criteria for their award from ALA/ALSC:

After all the books have been presented, they will spend some time exploring all of the nominated books, discuss their slates, vote, and present their winners and honor books to the class.

Not surprisingly, several picture books will be discussed by more than one Caldecott Committee: Sound of Silence, Thunderboy Jr., and We Found a Hat on two; Henry & Leo on all three. Philip Stead shows up on two Caldecotts, but with different books. What will happen with these overlaps? Will one book win multiple times, or will each group have a completely different winners and honor books?

Which book in each group do you think is the most worthy, and why?


yoon_duckporcupine   Fun with Ed and Fred   Get a Hit, Mo!   Pete Likes Bunny

Willems_ThankYouBook_170x233   The Toad   We Are Growing!   When Andy Met Sandy


  • Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon

  • Fun with Fred and Ed, by Kevin Bolger and Ben Hodson

  • Get A Hit, Mo! by David Adler

  • Pete Likes Bunny, by Emily Arnold McCully

  • The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

  • The Toad by Elise Gravel

  • We are Growing! by Laurie Keller and Mo Willems

  • When Andy Met Sandy by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis, illustrated by Tomie dePaola


novesky_cloth-lullaby_170x213   Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist   cline-ransome_just a lucky so and so

steptoe_radiant-child   Six Dots   burleigh_solving the puzzle under the sea   sweet_some-writer_170x217


  • Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky, Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

  • Esquivel: Space-Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

  • Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome

  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

  • Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

  • Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor by Robert Burleigh, Illustrated by Raúl Colón

  • Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet


idle_flora and the peacocks   Henry & Leo   stead_ideas-are-all-around

The Sound of Silence   alexie_thunder boy jr.   We Found a Hat

Caldecott #1

  • Flora and the Peacocks by Molly Idle

  • Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

  • Ideas are All Around by Philip C. Stead

  • The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

  • Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


Du Iz Tak?   Fish   Henry & Leo

schools-first-day   The Sound of Silence   We Found a Hat

Caldecott #2

  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

  • Fish by Liam Francis Walsh

  • Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

  • School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, Illutrated by Christian Robinson

  • The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


perkins_frank and lucky get schooled   Henry & Leo   beaton_king-baby

alexie_thunder boy jr.   The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles   We Found a Hat

Caldecott #3

  • Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins

  • Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

  • King Baby by Kate Beaton

  • Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

  • The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas and Erin Stead

  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is a freelance designer and consultant with degrees in studio art and children’s literature. She is the former creative director for The Horn Book, Inc., and has taught 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 blogged for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.


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Theodor Geisel, more commonly known to most as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. Given his incredibly prolific repertoire of children's books, this day signifies a celebration of reading to many, including many formal organizations like Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, who have dubbed it Fraternity Day of Service, furthering their philanthropic efforts centered around the promotion of literacy. While many know about Dr. Seuss' intense work ethic or his many children's books written with the help and support of his wife, here are a few things you might not know... -Dr. Seuss was never a doctor (nor a Seuss - this was Geisel's mother's maiden name). Instead, he chose to add this title to his name as a whimsical, lighthearted way to give his characters added credibility. -Geisel had terrible stage fright, dating back to a presentation of medals by Theodore Roosevelt to children who sold large amounts of war bonds in support of WWI. Ten boys, including Geisel, were selected to receive this medal, but only nine medals were present at the ceremony, leading President Roosevelt to ask what young Geisel, the last boy in line to receive a medal, was doing on stage. -Geisel's career began illustrating for magazines and advertisements, where he experienced much success, despite having been described as a "mediocre" college student at Dartmouth. He then shifted to Hollywood film making, while dabbling in writing on the side. It wasn't until much later that his focus shifted more fully to writing books. -Geisel's artwork was heavily influenced by the surrealist movement, which he was particularly fascinated by when in Paris in the 1920s. -As part of a documentary film-making team, Geisel traveled with troops during WWII and ended up briefly being caught behind enemy lines in the beginnings of what would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. -Between the years of 1957 and 1976, Geisel regularly produced two to three books a year, in addition to making movies. He was incredibly involved in the publishing choices for these books, down to the very colors that were used in printing. -Geisel's last book, Oh the Places You'll Go!, was published in 1990. Recently (2015), a book he had drafted but never published, What Pet Should I Get?, was published posthumously. For more information on the life and impact of Theodore Geisel, visit:

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