Tell us all about your Mock Caldecotts!

You may not be surprised to see that, once again, we are asking you, our readers, for your Mock Caldecott plans! We know that many of you — teachers, school librarians, public librarians, and even booksellers — do mock Caldecotts with students, library patrons, etc. And you know we love to hear about them. 

Want to see an example of one? Back in October at this post, school librarian and blogger Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes shared the books that he is using in the Mock Caldecott program at his K-3 elementary school. Travis not only lists the books they'll be looking at this year, but he also lays out what they do in the weeks leading up to their mock vote. 

As we noted last year, there is soooo much that children can learn about picture books from a close examination of them — they learn about art and design and writing and how both art and design can extend a text and about critical thinking and visual literacy and tons more. And mock votes can also be really exciting for children.

So, if your school or library is planning one this year, please do tell us about it. Which books are you and your students or patrons reading and exploring? If this is something like a unit of study for you, we'd also love to hear how you teach your students about the entire process — and how to evaluate picture books. 

Please do share in the comments! 


Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson
Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog. Julie Danielson, co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog, writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
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Margaret Capobianco

I had my first session of Mock Caldecott. It's abbreviated this year because of Covid- 19 and over Zoom. The kids loved it so I'm thinking of starting a Picture Book club. Has anyone tried this? the kids really enjoyed I'm thinking of starting one in March with new picture book releases.

Posted : Jan 13, 2021 09:05

Julie Danielson

Sara: Yes! Please do come back and let us know what your 8th graders think. Thank you!

Posted : Jan 04, 2021 08:50

Sara Cook

We're doing a Mock Caldecott with my 8th grade Language Arts class. I had to limit the books to those available as eBooks in our city library(we're doing fully remote school) so that the students could really see the illustrations up close and come as close to holding the book in their hands as possible. I've created videos of a read aloud that they can pause and return to for their evaluation. The books we are choosing from are:Magnificent Homespun BrownOutside InPacksIn a JarOverground RailroadIf You Come to EarthA Girl Like MeThe Bear and the MoonI'll let you know what we chose at the end of the month! Thanks for all your great reviews.

Posted : Jan 04, 2021 07:54

Julie Danielson

Thanks for sharing, Allison. Good luck in January! Let us know how it goes, if you're so inclined.

Posted : Dec 22, 2020 06:19

Allison Khoury

Thanks to Ellen for sharing so much detail. I hope to incorporate some of what you are doing when we are back in person in school. Pre-Covid my Caldecott program includes after 1st session about the criteria of the award and a review of the previous years winners, and the books they voted for. The we begin studying/reading a book a week in each classroom grades K-4. I have 15-20 minutes with classes once a week separate from our library time. We vote the week before the awards are announced. During distance learning, I've been preparing read-alouds of all the books we are studying. They are posted on our school's library Padlet. In January the plan is to have a few Zoom sessions across grades to discuss our favorites and then vote before the award announcements.

Posted : Dec 07, 2020 07:16

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