November Nominations: Choose Four

Around this time, the real Caldecott Award committee begins their nomination process, so over here at Calling Caldecott, we will do the same. 

For the real committee, the nomination process consists of three rounds. In the first nomination, committee members nominate three books; in the second, two books; and in the third round, two more books, for a total of seven nominations from each committee member. Nominations are accompanied by brief justification statements, of around 100 words. Each committee member must choose seven distinct titles and not repeat a title in subsequent nomination rounds. A book must be nominated by someone on the committee in order for it to be considered for the award, so this is a crucial step. 

According to the Caldecott Medal Committee Manual, “Serious consideration is to be given to all nominated books, including those with minimal support.” The nomination process is a crucial step in the process: it’s a necessary narrowing down of the field. It forces the committee to take a step back and think about what their top seven books are and why, and then to take a step forward with the titles they believe are worthy of serious award consideration. 

Over here at Calling Caldecott, we will also call for your nominations, but we will simplify the process by asking for two rounds of nominations instead of three. Let this blog post serve as the call for the first nomination round;  the second round will occur in early December, where we will ask for three nominations (for a total of seven distinct titles). 

While Calling Caldecott has its own list of books that it’s covering on the blog, your nomination does not have to come from that list, especially if you have something in mind that you think is overlooked. 

So what are you waiting for? Give us a list of four nominations: in comments, list four titles (and author/ illustrator names). If you’re up to it, you can also say why you’re nominating the book, but that’s not required. 

The first Calling Caldecott nomination round will close on November 7th. We will post the list of nominations on November 9th. 

We look forward to hearing what your nominations are, and to the conversation! 

Julie Hakim Azzam

Calling Caldecott co-author Julie Hakim Azzam is the assistant director of the MFA program in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD in literary and cultrual studies, with a specialization in comparative contemporary postcolonial literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Southeast Asia. Her most recent work focuses on children's literature, stories about immigrants and refugees, and youth coping with disability.

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