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2016 Mock Caldecott

Each winter Rhode Island librarians gather to select the most distinguished American picture book in a "mock" version of the Caldecott award. This annual tradition helps librarians sharpen their selection skills and learn about the award process for the Caldecott Medal, which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association.  The balloting system follows that of the real Caldecott Committee.


A "picture book for children" as distinguished from other books with illustrations, is one that essentially provides the child with a visual experience. A picture book has a collective unity of story-line, theme, or concept, developed through the series of pictures of which the book is comprised. (Randolph Caldecott Medal Terms & Criteria, definitions, ALA website)

  1. In identifying a "distinguished American picture book for children," defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:

    a. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;

    b. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;

    c. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;

    d. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;

    e. Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.

  2. The only limitation to graphic form is that the form must be one which may be used in a picture book. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound, film or computer program) for its enjoyment.
  3. Each book is to be considered as a picture book. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the illustration, but other components of a book are to be considered especially when they make a book less effective as a children's picture book. Such other components might include the written text, the overall design of the book, etc.

Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for distinguished illustrations in a picture book and for excellence of pictorial presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent or for popularity.

[Adopted by the ALSC board, January 1978. Revised, Midwinter 1987. Revised, Annual 2008.]

The 2016 Mock Caldecott will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 9:30-12:30 at the West Warwick Public Library.

Mock Caldecott 2016 Reading/Viewing List

Bagley, Jessixa. Boats for Papa. (Roaring Brook Press, 2015)

Barnett, Mac. Leo: A Ghost Story. (Chronicle Books, 2015)

de la Peña, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015)

Dyckman, Ame. Wolfie the Bunny. (Little, Brown and Company, 2015)

Gerstein, Mordecai. The Night World. (Little, Brown and Company, 2015)

Henkes, Kevin. Waiting. (Greenwillow Books, 2015)

Jenkins, Emily. A Fine Dessert. (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015)

Miyares, Daniel. Float. (Simon & Schuster, 2015)

Paul, Miranda. Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle. (Roaring Brook Press, 2015)

Portis, Antoinette. Wait. (Roaring Brook Press, 2015)

Pizzoli, Greg. Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2015)

Roach-Sarcone, Julia. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015)

Stead, Philip. Lenny & Lucy. (Roaring Brook Press, 2015)

If your top pick is missing from this list, bring a copy to the meeting and make your case!

Previous Mock Caldecott Winners