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.
2019 Online Discussion and Voting
It’s time to discuss and vote for a Rhode Island Mock Caldecott winner and honor books! We’ll read and discuss a sampling of the best picture books of 2018 before voting using the balloting procedures of the real Caldecott committee. This year's discussion will happen via a webinar. The webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing by those who are unable to participate in the live web discussion. Voting will take place online through two balloting sessions, using SurveyMonkey to collect votes.
Join the online discussion on Wednesday, January 16 at 12:30pm via the web:
or by phone:
+1-510-338-9438 USA Toll
Access code: 622 225 814
Online Discussion - January 16, 12:30pm-1:45pm
Ballot 1 Open for Voting - January 16, 2:00pm
Online Discussion Archived and Available for Viewing - January 18
Ballot 1 Closes - January 22, 8:30am
Results from Ballot 1 Posted, Ballot 2 Open for Voting - January 22, 10:00am
Ballot 2 Closes - January 25, 8:30am
Results Announced - January 25, afternoon
The 2018 Mock Caldecott took place on January 23, 2018 at the Greenville Public Library. Six participants voted in our mock election, including public youth services librarians and school librarians.
Life, written by Cyntia Ryland and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui.
Windows, written by Julia Denos and illustrated by E.B. Goodale
On February 12, 2018 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell. Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named: Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes; A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi; Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin.