Nominations, please!

Hello, everyone! Mid-November is when we typically pause our coverage of the year's Caldecott-eligible books to ask our readers to weigh in with their favorites. 

You probably all know the drill by now — we're asking for four nominations now; three more to come in mid-December. This mirrors (very roughly) the Real Committee's process, wherein before they meet (remotely again, this year) in January to decide on Medal and Honor winners, they each will have nominated seven books.

For a more detailed explanation of the process, please see the Caldecott manual and our post last November soliciting nominations. 

So, without further ado — leave the titles of four Caldecott-eligible 2021 books in the comments. You are welcome to provide persuasive commentary that might sway other readers around to your point of view (as the Real Committee members do), or just list four titles. 

We're excited to see what's on your minds as we head into the second half of the Calling Caldecott season!





Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson
Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog. Julie Danielson, co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog, writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
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Molly Sloan

My top books are:

Mel Fell

Wonder Walkers


The Rock From The Sky

The People's Painter

Posted : Dec 08, 2021 05:05

Cheryl Mann

Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatherford;

Have you ever seen a flower? by Shawn Harris;

Mel fell by Corey Tabor;

It fell from the sky by the Fan Brothers

Posted : Nov 24, 2021 03:15

Alissa Browning-Couch


Milo Imagines the World


Have You Ever Seen a Flower

Posted : Nov 22, 2021 02:35

Eiyana Favers

KING OF RAGTIME by Stephen Costanza.

ON THE TRAPLINE by David A. Robertson, ills. by Julie Fleet.

EVERYBODY IN THE RED BRICK BUILDING by Anne Wynter, ills. by Oge Mora.

UNSPEAKABLE by Carole Boston Weatherford, ills. by Floyd Cooper.

Posted : Nov 22, 2021 02:12

Martha Parravano

Oh how I wish On the Trapline were eligible! One of the most breathtaking books of the year. I want to live in that blue-green of the river and sky. Unfortunately, Julie Flett is Canadian and not eligible for Caldecott consideration.

Posted : Nov 22, 2021 02:12

Victor D.O. Santos

The Night Walk (Marie Dorleans)It Fell From the Sky (The Fan Brothers)The Barnabus Project (The Fan Brothers)

Posted : Nov 21, 2021 06:32


Victor, The Night Walk is (unfortunately) not eligible, and I believe The Barnabus Project published in 2020. Feel free to add more titles, given that these aren't eligible. 

Posted : Nov 21, 2021 06:32

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