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2017 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.

The 2017 Mock Caldecott took place on Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Greenville Public Library. Thirteen participants voted in our mock election, including children's librarians and school librarians.

Mock Caldecott Medal:

They All Saw a Cat, written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Mock Caldecott Honor Book:

Thunder Boy Jr., written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

The winning books were selected from the final list examined and discussed by a group of children's and school librarians following the criteria for the real Caldecott committee.

On January 23, 2017 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated and written by Javaka Steptoe. Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named : Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol; Freedom in Congo Square, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis; and They All Saw a Cat, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.

Previous Mock Caldecott Winners