It's "Second Round of Nominations" Time

Time is whizzing by, for us and FOR SURE for the Real Committee. I know it seems like moments ago that we put out a call for a first round of mock nominations, where we asked readers to name their top four choices, but it was in fact a whole month ago. Now we are back, asking for THREE more titles. Each member of the Real Committee must nominate seven books in total; the cumulative list will make up what the committee discusses when they meet (I assume virtually again) in January to choose their winner and honor books.

So, since we are (as ever!) attempting to echo/model the Caldecott process, here's your chance to get the books you champion on the virtual table, into the discussion. It would be extremely helpful if you could drop your three titles here in the comments, even if you see this post elsewhere on social media. It makes it easier for your input to be included and tabulated.

What did our November nominations show? Strong support for Jason Chin's Watercress; Victo Ngai's Wishes; Corey Tabor's Mel Fell; Floyd Cooper's Unspeakable; and the Fan Brothers' It Fell from the Sky, with Christian Robinson's Milo Imagines the World, Evan Turk's The People's Painter, and Shawn Harris's Have You Ever Seen a Flower? in the mix.

But since then we've had a month's worth of posts, and I anticipate seeing later books such as Robinson's Nina and perhaps even Helen Yoon's Off-Limits — maybe a sleeper contender, but you never know! — begin to appear.

Enjoy the process. Thanks in advance to all who participate. Again, please leave your nominations in the comments below. 

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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Ellen Gittes

I didn’t get to vote in the first round, so I’m not sure if these nominations can be considered for round #2… Wishes, Mel Fell, Off-Limits

Posted : Dec 26, 2021 02:18


Matthew Bowers

Lost Package by Richard Ho; illustrated by Jessica Lanan

Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Museum of Everything by Lynne Rae Perkins

Posted : Dec 21, 2021 09:28


R. Harris

Mel Fell

Milo Imagines the World

Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

Posted : Dec 21, 2021 03:25


Cheryl Mann

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin by Stephen Costanza

Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen

Posted : Dec 21, 2021 03:11


Sarah Stippich

Three more that I don’t think I’ve seen in the nominations yet:

Bright Star by Yuyi Morales

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca

Posted : Dec 20, 2021 05:24


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