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The mock results are in | Class #6, fall 2016


On Wednesday night, November 30, we held our last children's lit class of the semester. We read Charlotte's Web and had a good discussion about unlikely friendships, death in children's books, and the benefits of reading aloud.

Then we got to the big event: mock book award groups. Each student had nominated an eligible book — or so I thought. In fact, a couple of Canadians slipped by me (Elisa Gravel for The Toad and Isabelle Arsenault for Cloth Lullaby) so the students created a new award they dubbed the Maple Leaf Prize.

The instructors acted as moderators, making sure the discussions kept to the all-important Terms & Criteria. Debra Smith (TA) advised the Geisel Committee, Carli Spina (TA) worked with the Sibert, and Lauren Adams and I kept an eye on the three Caldecott committees.

Here are the results, followed by photos showing the entire process.



  • Duck, Duck, Porcupine by Salina Yoon

Honor books:

  • Get A Hit, Mo! by David Adler

  • The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

  • [The Toad by Elise Gravel — Maple Leaf Prize]



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

Honor books:

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

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

Caldecott 1


  • Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski

Honor book:

  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Caldecott 2


  • Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

Honor book:

  • Fish by Liam Francis Walsh

Caldecott 3


  • The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Erin Stead

Honor books:

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

  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen


mock_fall_2016_presentingbooks1 Melissa presents her nomination Thunderboy Jr, to Caldecott 1. Caldecott 3 is in the middle background and Caldecott 2 is in the far corner of our Great Green Classroom.


mock_fall_2016_presenting3 Kate shows We Found a Hat to her Caldecott 2 committee.


mock_fall_2016_sharingbooks4 The Sibert Committee peruses all the nominated books prior to discussing and voting. Carli Spina (TA) is at the head of the table.


mock_fall_2016_sharingbooks1 The Geisel Committee looks at their books. TA Debra Smith is at the head of the table and the Sibert group is in the background. These two committees met downstairs in the swanky Elliott Lyman Room.


mock_fall_2016_discussing3 Caldecott 3 begins their discussion while Lauren Adams (far left) keeps them on task. They can only discuss the nominated books.


mock_fall_2016_tallying2 After discussing all their books, each committee voted. Kat is tallying Caldecott 2's first ballot.


mock_fall_2016_winners2 Nell presents the Sibert committee's winning slate.


To make their award committee experience more authentic, each group brought snacks. Each committee brought snacks — part of an authentic award experience.


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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