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.
The Caldecott, as well as the prestigious Newbery, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Award winners, will be announced on Monday, January 23 at 8:00 a.m. ET at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Watch the awards live via the ALA Youth Media Awards webcast.
Previous Mock Caldecott Winners