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2015 Mock Caldecott

Each January 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 2015 Mock Caldecott will take place on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 9:00-2:00 (snow date: Thursday, January 8 from 9:00-2:00) at the William Hall Library in Cranston.

Mock Caldecott 2015 Reading/Viewing List

Barnett, Mac. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. (Candlewick)

Becker, Aaron. Quest. (Candlewick)

Blackall, Sophie. The Baby Tree. (Nancy Paulsen Books)

Bryant, Jen. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. (Eerdmans)

Campbell, Scott. The Hug Machine. (Atheneum)

Colón, Raúl. Draw!. (Simon & Schuster)

Cox, Lynne. Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas. Illustrated by Brian Floca. (Schwartz & Wade)

Dempsey, Kristy. A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. (Philomel Books)

DiPucchio, Kelly. Gaston. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. (Atheneum)

Donofrio, Beverly. Where's Mommy?. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. (Schwartz & Wade)

Ehlert, Lois. The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. (Beach Lane Books)

Frazee, Marla. The Farmer and the Clown. (Beach Lane)

Gandhi, Arun. Grandfather Gandhi. Illustrated by Evan Turk. (Atheneum)

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Penguin. (Chronicle)

Janeczko, Paul B. (editor). Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. (Candlewick)

Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. (Simon & Schuster)

MacLachlan, Patricia. The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse. Illustrated by Hadley Hooper. (Roaring Book Press)

Morales, Yuyi. Viva Frida. Photograhy by Tim O'Meara. (Roaring Book Press)

Morris, Richard T. This is a Moose. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. (Little, Brown)

Newgarden, Mark. Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors. Illustrated by Megan Montague Cash. (Roaring Book Press)

Powell, Patricia Hruby. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. (Chronicle)

Samworth, Kate. Aviary Wonders, Inc. (Clarion)

Santat, Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. (Little, Brown)

Soman, David. Three Bears in a Boat. (Dial)

Previous Mock Caldecott Winners