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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Carolyn Proesch

I would love to do this with my students next year. Where can I find a list of recommended books for the Caldecott Award?

Posted : Feb 08, 2020 02:28

Judy O'Sullivan

Each year for many years here at Lutz Prep, I collect as many books available from recommended lists for the Caldecott Award. This year we examined 28 books during 4 weeks of studies in our Library Classes for 3rd - 5th graders. The students take a secret ballot and vote in their "voting booths". This year they did very well. Eleven out of nearly 150 students chose the actual winner, Undefeated. We all started with a brief review of past winners to give them some basis of the selection process. They love this project!

Posted : Jan 27, 2020 05:43


Six classes of 4th and 5th graders at Orchard School in South Burlington, Vermont have voted for their Mock Caldecott favorites. The medal winner is The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol! Honors go to Another, The Undefeated, Sea Bear, A Place to Land, and Carl and the Meaning of Life.

Posted : Jan 25, 2020 04:50

Bill Wright

We have our results! Mr. Wright's 3rd grade class at Kensico School in Valhalla, NY has chosen The Scarecrow as their medal winner, and has also named 5 honor books: Dasher, My Heart, A Place to Land, Sea Bear, and A Stone Sat Still. This was the 20th year in a row that my class has done a mock Caldecott, and I couldn't be more proud of the richness of the discussions we have had, and the very distinguished list of winners we have chosen!

Posted : Jan 24, 2020 02:49

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

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