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.
The 2015 Mock Caldecott took place on Monday, January 5, 2015 at the William Hall Library in Cranston. Twelve participants voted in our mock election, including children's librarians and school library media specialists.
Aviary Wonders, Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual,written and illustrated by Kate Samworth
The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee
On February 2nd, 2015 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat. Five Caldecott Honor Books were also named: The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock; Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; Viva Frida ,illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales; The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant; and This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki. Look for more information on ALA's Association for Library Services to Children's Caldecott Medal website, or view all 2015 ALSC Literary and Related Award Winners