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 Mock Caldecott program uses the criteria set forth by the award and the balloting system follows that of the real Caldecott Committee.
The 2019 Mock Caldecott took place online January 16-28, 2019 with an online discussion and three rounds of online balloting. Thirteen participants voted in our mock election, including public youth services librarians and school librarians.
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
On January 28, 2019 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named: Alma and How She Got her Name, illustrated and written by Juana Marinez-Neal; A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin; The Rough Patch, illustrated and written by Brian Lies; Thank You, Omu!, illustrated and written by Oge Mora.