We want to know your Mock Caldecott plans (and results!)

Photo of Saturday, Truman, The Undefeated, Vroom!, My Papi Has a Motorcycle, and AnotherOne of the things I miss most about school librarianship is doing mock Caldecott units with students. There is a lot they 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 ... and ... SO much more! Mock votes can also be really fun for children. I know that Robin Smith, co-founder of this blog, did an annual mock Caldecott with her second graders, and I always enjoyed hearing about it. (She once described it as a "bit of an emotional roller coaster" for her students. I love this.) 

We know that many of you readers — teachers, school librarians, public librarians, and even booksellers — do mock Caldecotts with students, library patrons, etc. Pictured here is a photo of the books that  school librarian Travis Jonker is including in his mock Caldecott with his students this year. 

We would love for you all to tell us in the comments what the results of your mock votes are. If you haven't yet voted and want to share the books you plan to share and discuss, please feel free to share that and/or how it is that you go about your mock votes. There may even be readers here who are interested in starting a mock vote but feel a bit overwhelmed about doing so, and they may really appreciate the advice. Here's a 2013 post from Leda Schubert about how she runs a mock Caldecott (in this case, with adults). Also, remember this post from last year? It highlights how Nashville elementary school librarian Emmie Stuart does her mock voting. Here are some pictures from Emmie's mock Caldecott this year: 



I love Emmie's kids' enthusiasm, not to mention their choices! And how great to see them looking under the paper jackets — just like Real Caldecott committee members.

In her post Leda Schubert wrote, "Talking about picture books in a careful, thoughtful way is infinitely rewarding." We couldn't agree more. Tell us your plans for your mock voting; share the titles under discussion; tell us your results (if you won't have results till later, please come back and share them); or any and all of the above!


Julie Danielson
Julie Danielson
Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She also writes for Kirkus Reviews and BookPage and is a lecturer for the School of Information Sciences graduate program at the University of Tennessee. Her book Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, written with Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta, was published in 2014.
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Tiffany E

We are 2 classes into Mock Caldecott right now. We will vote in January right before the actual vote. Doing it with all 35 classes that I teach K-4!Class 1: A Big Bed for Little Snow and Fry BreadClass 2: Another and SaturdayClass 3: Field Trip to the Moon? The Scarecrow? The Little Guys? I am still deciding! Class 4: Heaven help me, I do not know the plans for this one yet! Class 5: VOTING and possibly one more book?Class 6: Watch the actual winners be announced! We've only done classes 1 & 2 so far. Another has the most votes so far - unofficially. We will do OUR official vote via Google Forms in about a month!

Posted : Dec 20, 2019 07:05

Julie Danielson

Thank you all for sharing. I love to read these. I imagine some of your students as future Caldecott committee members. One never knows.

Posted : Dec 19, 2019 05:35

Allison Khoury

We do our voting the week before the actual awards are announced. We vote in each class based on the books we've read and discussed. Favorites are: Sea Bear, Vroom! Big Bed for Little Snow, Whale and the Fisherman, What is Given from the Heart, Bear Came Along. More Books in the next few weeks. I will report our results in January.

Posted : Dec 15, 2019 02:52

Megan Dowd Lambert

My graduate students in CHL 403 The Picturebook at Simmons University winnowed a list of 30 titles down to 18 nominations for our Mock Caldecott debate during tonight’s final class meeting of the semester. Here are the results of the final vote:Medalist: Corinna Luyken for My HeartHonors: Juana Martinez-Neal for Fry Bread; Grace Lin for A Big Bed for Little Snow; and Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated. I think they made some excellent selections! Here’s the full list I assigned for my students to consider: http://megandowdlambert.com/2020-mock-caldecott-list/

Posted : Dec 11, 2019 04:15

Rachel J

I try to do a mock Caldecott with grades K-5 every year but I'm finding it hard to find books that cover that whole age range this year. Books that have are A Big Bed for Little Snow, Saturday, Bear Came Along, and How to Read A Book. For older kids I'm including Small World, Anya's Secret Society, Little Libraries, Big Heroes, The Roots of Rap, The Hundred-Year Barn, and Our House is On Fire. I may add Dancing Hands and The Book Rescuer. For the younger crowd, Why? is on the list (and I may try it out with the older ones, too).

Posted : Dec 10, 2019 01:50

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