Round Two: Mock Nominations

It's time for the second round of our mock Caldecott nominations. In mid-November we had round one, asking readers to name their top four choices (so far). Now we are asking for THREE more titles. Why these numbers? Each member of the Real Committee must nominate a total of seven books; the cumulative list (along with late suggestions of books published in December) will make up what the committee discusses behind those storied closed doors when they convene (virtually, this year) in January to discuss, discuss, discuss ... and finally choose their winner and honor books. 

Here's the Caldecott manual on this part of the process: 

"The committee then proceeds to discussion ... The merits of each nominated book are discussed. Committee members are reminded that they are comparing books of the year with each other and are not to consider earlier works of any author. Some books may be eliminated from the list during the discussion. No books may be added that were not officially nominated for consideration by the committee members or part of the late suggestions made for books published in December prior to the Midwinter Meeting."

So ... since part of what we do here is try to echo/model the Real Caldecott process, here's your chance to get the books you champion onto the table, into the discussion! Nominate three more titles in the comments below.

From our first round, a few titles stand out. We Are Water ProtectorsHoneybee, Outside In, and The Old Truck appear to have the strongest support so far, with Packs, If You Come to Earthand Hike also receiving multiple mentions.

The Real Committee members, as they submit their final nominations, will be aware of the support various titles are getting and will have to decide whether to use the clout of their nominations to get different titles into the mix or to strengthen the case of books already nominated by naming those books themselves. It can be tricky! And of course almost always there are WAY more than seven books beloved by committee members...

Decide how YOU would like to use your next three nominations, and log them in below. Thanks in advance to all who participate. 

[PS: We won't be posting much between now and New Year's — but look for one book post next week and then resumed regular coverage beginning January 4. Meanwhile, wishing everyone a healthy and peaceful holiday season and a very happy new year!]


Martha V. Parravano
Martha V. Parravano
Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.
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Tiffany E

1. The Old Truck2. Outside In3. If You Come to Earth

Posted : Jan 11, 2021 01:17

Kate Clark

It's so hard to choose! My top three are Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby, Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez-Neal, and We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade.

Posted : Jan 10, 2021 12:36

Kate Clark

I didn't nominate anything in the last round, so here are my 7 selections: The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl, If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall, Lift by Minh Lê and Dan Santat, Outside In by Deborah Underwood and Cindy Derby, Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry and Juana Martinez-Neal, We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade, and When I Draw a Panda by Amy June Bates.

Posted : Jan 09, 2021 08:39

Emmie Stuart

Prairie DaysMy Bed My Best Friend Bear and the Moon (I'm breaking the rules with four nominations, but I just can't narrow it down.)

Posted : Jan 03, 2021 04:18

Jenn Hartley

The Paper Kingdom, Hike, and Star Crossed

Posted : Dec 29, 2020 07:56

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