Mock Election Results

2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

Every year, as we approach the ALA Midwinter meetings and the annual Youth Media Award announcements, libraries and schools around the United States offer Mock Election programs. These are a great opportunity for children’s literature aficionados to learn more about some of the great, recently published books for kids. Below, you will find some of the results from mock elections around the country.

Mock Newbery Results

(For information about the Newbery Award, visit the Newbery Medal Homepage.)

The 2nd Annual Wright State University Mock Newbery was held on January 23rd. Eighteen participants (teachers, school librarians, public librarians, and staff from a local juvenile detention center) discussed a shortlist of 10 titles which were selected in September, adding this year’s Newbery Medal winner to this list. Results were:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

For more information about this program, contact Stephanie Bange at stephanie.bange@wright.edu

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The King County Library System in Washington state offered a You Choose the Next NewberyOne hundred thirty classrooms & book groups participated, 2946 students participated, and 1501 online votes were cast. Here are the results:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery winner: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

For more information about this program, contact Bekka Martin at ramartin@kcls.org.

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Fifteen grade 5 students from the Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan completed their Mock Newbery program on January 10th. Here are the results:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Barb Middleton at middletonb@tas.edu.tw.

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orbiting jupiterAbout 15 fifth and sixth graders at Snow Horse in Kaysville, Utah voted on January 8th in a Mock Newbery. Here are the results:

Mock Newbery winner:  Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Honor Books: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Danae Leu at dleu@dsdmail.net.

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Goodbye strangerA small group of mutually obsessive adults met on Saturday for our fourth annual Wasatch Front Mock Newbery. The winners were:

Mock Newbery winner:  Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Honor Books: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Danae Leu at dleu@dsdmail.net.

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A group of Maricopa County, Arizona librarians met yesterday to discuss Mock Newbery contenders.

Here are the results:

orbiting jupiterMock Newbery winner:  Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Honor Books:  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Carolyn Grote at CGrote@glendaleaz.com.

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Fifth grade students at Imagine Clay Avenue Middle School, an inner-city school located in Toledo, Ohio held a mock election on January 8th. Students and teachers discussed and voted for the Mock Newbery awards. Students also created a graph to display their voting results and spent time preparing for their viewing party to watch the live webcast together and compare the actual results with their winners. The winners were:

gone crazyMock Newbery Winner: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia

Honor Book: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Ryan Throop at ryan.throop@imagineschools.org.

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The boys at The Allen-Stevenson School held Mock Newbery Voting Parties on  January 6th and 7th. A spirited discussion was accompanied by pizza and double stuf oreos.

Nimona6th & 7th Grade

Mock Newbery winner: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

5th Grade

Mock Newbery winner: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Huntfish-in-a-tree-335x512

Honor Book: Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

For more information about these Mock Newbery programs, contact Sarah Kresberg at SKresberg@allen-stevenson.org.

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Fourth and fifth graders at Emerson School in Berkeley, CA held their Mock Newbery voting on Thursday, January 7th. Their book club met once each week at lunch, choosing together 10 books for the final vote. From these, they selected their winners:

all the answersMock Newbery Winner: All the Answers by Kate Messner

Honor Books: Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

Read about the students’ discussions in the posts at librarian Mary Ann Scheuer’s blog, Great Kid Books. For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact librarian Mary Ann Scheuer at maryannscheuer@berkeley.net.

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The 6th graders at Andover Elementary Middle School in Andover, NH have spoken! On Thursday, January 7, they discussed, debated and voted on this year’s picks for a Mock Nightdivided_XLG-199x300Newbery Medal. The winners:

Mock Newbery Winner: A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Honor Books:  The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Molly Kidane at mkidane@aemseagles.org.

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Librarians from across the Kansas City metropolitan area (Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City KS Public Library, Lawrence Public Library, Johnson County Library, as well as assorted friends) gathered on
Tuesday, January 5 for a mock Newbery.  The winner and honors are:

echoMock Newbery winner: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Honor Books: Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Bradley Debrick at debrickb@gmail.com.

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The Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA voted on their Mock Newbery winners on January 5th.  Seventeen participants (students and adults) met once a month and a 6th grade classroom and teacher participated via a blog and with visits from the Eldridge Public Library’s librarian.  The library group arrived at the following results:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery winner: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Mock Newbery honors:   Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Tamara DePasquale at tdepasquale@clamsnet.org.

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The Brooklyn Public Library held a Mock Newbery program on December 17th. Here are the results:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery winner: The War That Saved My Life  by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Mock Newbery honors: Listen, Slowly  by Thanhha Lai

Goodbye Stranger  by Rebecca Stead

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Judy Zuckerman at jzuckerman@bklynlibrary.org.

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On Monday, January 4th, a  group of library staff at Sacramento Public Library and several other educators from the Sacramento region gathered for a Mock Newbery discussion. From a “shortlist” of eight titles, the books they selected in the library’s third Mock Newbery event were:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books:   Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, please contact Caitlin Tormey at CTormey@saclibrary.org.

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Thirty 6th graders at Marshall Middle School in Wexford, Pennsylvania cast their votes on the morning of January 4th after months of reading, discussing (often quite passionately), and voting. They selected the following winners.

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner:  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Joseph Prince at JPrince@northallegheny.org.

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The Wake County Public Libraries Mock Newbery Club (held at the Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex, North Carolina) met on Saturday, January 2, 2016, to choose their winning titles from a list of 18 finalists.  Fourteen members were in attendance and, after reading passages from the books, comparing and contrasting crucial literary elements, and discussing the transformative powers of true art, made the following final choices:

echoMock Newbery Winner:  Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Honor Books: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin

The Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri L. Smith

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Linda Winkler at Linda.Winkler@wakegov.com.

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After an incredible consensus meeting with fifth graders, students at Castleton Elementary School in Castleton, New York, selected the following Mock Newbery winners:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner:  The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honors Books: Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

For more information about this Mock Newbery program for students, contact Stacey Rattner at srattner@schodack.k12.ny.us.

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Sixty students in grades 4 and 5 took part in a Mock Newbery Book Club at Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, Maine. The students selected a winner and three honor books:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

For more information about this Mock program, contact Catharine Potter at cpotter@falmouthschools.org.

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On Saturday, December 12, 2015, 12 children’s literature enthusiasts gathered for a rousing discussion of some great books for young people at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After passionate discussion, the following Mock Newbery winners were selected:

marvelsMock Newbery Winner: The Marvels written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Honor Books: Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Mary Voors at mvoors@acpl.info.

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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 35 librarians gathered to discuss the year’s best children’s books at the Dayton Metro Library. After an all-day affair with much animated discussion, the following Mock Newbery titles were chosen:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner:   The War That Saved My Life by
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books:    Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Lisa Nabel at rosebudli@yahoo.com.

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On Thursday, December 3, 2015, 60+ librarians and teachers from the Lane Libraries, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and other nearby schools in southwest Ohio gathered to discuss the year’s best books for children. The Mock Newbery results are:

Listen SlowlyMock Newbery Winner: Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Honor Book: The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and the Churchill Club by Philip Hoose

For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact Sam Bloom at Sam.Bloom@cincinnatilibrary.org

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On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, school and public librarians from all over Massachusetts participated in selecting a winner in the Massachusetts Library System Mock Newbery.

The Mock Newbery results are:

war-that-saved-detailMock Newbery Winner: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Honor Books:   Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

 Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Over 100 librarians belong to the MLS Mock Newbery group on Goodreads and discuss eligible titles throughout the year. For more information about this Mock Newbery program, contact April Mazza at april@masslibsystem.org.

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Mock Caldecott Results

(For information about the Caldecott Award, visit the Caldecott Medal Homepage.)

From May 6th through May 27th, three classes of 4th graders at Canterbury Lower School in Fort Wayne, Indiana participated in an extensive Mock Caldecott program. Here are the results:

Mock Caldecott winner: The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Honor Books: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

My Pen by Christopher Myers

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The third grade at Marin Country Day School just finished their Mock Caldecott unit. We have been reading picture books all fall and the students have taken careful notes and rated them according to the criteria for the award. In the first full week of January,  56 third graders voted. Here are the results:

in a village by the seaMock Caldecott winner: In a Village by the Sea illustrated by April Chu, written by Muon Van

Honor Books: Skunk illustrated by Patrick McDonnell and written by Mac Barnett

My Pen written and illustrated by Christopher Meyers

You can find an infographic with more details about the vote at the MCDS Learning Resource Center blog. For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Erica Bretall at ebretall@mcds.org.

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The 43rd annual Caldecott Read-In was held on January 9th at the Main Library for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Ohio). More than 20 people spent the morning reading and evaluating 106 outstanding picture books published in 2015. And our local “medal” goes to:

in a village by the seaMock Caldecott winner: In a Village by the Sea illustrated by April Chu, written by Muon Van

Honor Books: Drowned City : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans  illustrated and written by Don Brown

My Pen illustrated and written by Christopher Myers

Trombone Shorty  illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

The Whisper  illustrated and written by Pamela Zagarenski

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Mary Rava Miller at MaryRava.Miller@TOLEDOLIBRARY.ORG.

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The Connect Charter School in Calgary, AB Canada voted for their Mock Caldecott on Thursday, January 7th, as their learning week ended. The winners were:

Finding winnieMock Caldecott winner: Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall & written by Lindsay Mattick

Honor Books: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

A Fine Dessert illustrated by Sophie Blackall & written by Emily Jenkins

Float by Daniel Miyares

Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Gail Stevenson at gail.s@connectcharter.ca.

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The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (Evansville, Indiana) held its Mock Caldecott program Thursday, January 7, 2016. The winning titles are:

in a village by the seaMock Caldecott winner: In a Village by the Sea written by Muon Van and illustrated by April Chu.

Honor Books:  The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Cheryl Christmas Soper at cheryls@evpl.org.

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Over eight hundred students of Snow Horse Elementary in Kaysville, Utah participated in a Mock Caldecott this past week. The winners were:

Wolfie the bunnyMock Caldecott winner:  Wolfie the Bunny illustrated by Zachariah OHora & written by Ame Dyckman

Honor Books: Supertruck written & illustrated by Steven Savage

Water is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle illustrated by Jason Chin & written by Miranda Paul

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Danae Leu at dleu@dsdmail.net.

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A group of Maricopa County, Arizona librarians met on January 8th to discuss mock Caldecott contenders.

Here are the results:

FloatMock Caldecott Winner: Float by Daniel Miyares

Honor Books: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Carolyn Grote at CGrote@glendaleaz.com.

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Fifth grade students at Imagine Clay Avenue Middle School, an inner-city school located in Toledo, Ohio held a mock election on January 8th. Students and teachers discussed and voted for Mock Caldecott awards. Students also created a graph to display their voting results and spent time preparing for their viewing party to watch the live webcast together and compare the actual results with their winners.

we forgot brockMock Caldecott Winner: We Forgot Brock illustrated and written by Carter Goodrich

Honor Books: The Marvels illustrated and written by Brian Selznick

My Pen illustrated and written by Christopher Myers

For more information about this Mock Caldecott and Newbery program, contact Ryan Throop at ryan.throop@imagineschools.org.

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Thirty-five public librarians met at the Wells County Public Library on Friday, January 8th to read and discuss possible Caldecott contenders. Their choices were:

FloatMock Caldecott Winner:   Float illustrated and written by Daniel Miyares

Honor Books: Bernice gets carried away illustrated and written by Hannah E. Harrison

If You Plant a Seed illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson

In a Village by the Sea illustrated by April Chu, written by Muon Van

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Susan Dailey thedaileys@adamswells.com.

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Mr. Wright’s Third Grade class at Kensico School, in Valhalla, NY participated in a Mock Caldecott program. Their winners were:

WaitingMock Caldecott winner:  Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Honor Books: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown

Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

My Pen written and illustrated by Christopher Myers

The Skunk illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, written by Mac Barnett

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Bill Wright atBWright@valhallaschools.org.

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Library staff at Deschutes Public Library held a lively discussion this morning to select “the most distinguished” illustrations of the year.  It was fun and eye-opening!  Here are the results of our vote:

iF YOU PLANT2016 Mock Caldecott winner: If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books: Hiawatha and the Peacemaker written by Robbie Robertson and illustrated by David Shannon

Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Heather McNeil at heatherm@deschuteslibrary.org.

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The Johnson County (KS) Library and guest from Kansas City (MO) Public
Library held a mock Caldecott on Thursday, January 7.  The winner and
honors are:

FloatMock Caldecott winner:  Float written & illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Honor Books:  In a Village by the Sea written by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu

Bird & Diz written by Gary Golio, illustrated by Ed Young

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Bradley Debrick at debrickb@gmail.com

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Staff from the Johnson County Public Library met in Franklin, Indiana on January 6th, 2016 for a third annual Mock Caldecott. From a short list of ten titles, the following titles were selected:

WaitingMock Caldecott winner: Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Honor Books:  The Moon is Going to Addy’s House written and illustrated by Ida Pearle

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Sonya’s Chickens written and illustrated by Phoebe Wahl

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Sarah Taylor at staylor@jcplin.org.

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On Wednesday, January 6th, 43 public and school librarians spent the day examining and discussing many wonderful picture books at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, Indiana. They selected the following titles

FloatMock Caldecott winner: Float illustrated and written by Daniel Miyares

Honor Books:  If You Plant a Seed illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson

The Moon Is Going to Addy’s House illustrated and written by Ida Pearle

The Night World illustrated and written by Mordicai Gerstein

We Forgot Brock! illustrated and written by Carter Goodrich

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Susan Dailey at SDailey@wellscolibrary.org.

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One hundred ten students in 1st through 6th grade at the Miquon School in Conshohocken, PA held a mock Caldecott election. They listened to, discussed, and evaluated thirteen titles over the course of a month. The winners in this third annual Mock Caldecott program are:

It's only stanleyMock Caldecott winner:  It’s Only Stanley written and illustrated by Jon Agee

Honor Books: Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

If you Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Amy Vaccarella atamyv@miquon.org.

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4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in the Scio Central School District in Scio, NY recently completed a Mock Caldecott program. The winning titles are:

Out of the woodsMock Caldecott winner:  Out of the Woods written and illustrated by Rebecca Bond

Honor Books: In a Village by the Sea written by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu

The Bear Report written and illustrated by Thyra Heder

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Mary Zdrojewski at MZdrojewski@scio.wnyric.org

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The Brooklyn Public Library held a Mock Caldecott program on January 5th. Here are the results:

lenny and lucyMock Caldecott Winner: Lenny and Lucy by Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Honor Books: Last Stop on Market Street  by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Judy Zuckerman at jzuckerman@bklynlibrary.org.

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Thirty 6th graders from Jefferson Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico participated in a Mock Caldecott program. The winners selected were:

I Yam a DonkeyMock Caldecott Winner: I Yam a Donkey written and illustrated by CeCe Bell

Honor Books:  The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too) written and illustrated by Charles George Esperanza

For more information, contact Sara Cook at sara.cook@aps.edu.

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Homeschool Hub at the Monroe Public Library in southern Wisconsin held a Mock Caldecott Award program. The winners were:

WaitingMock Caldecott Winner: Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Honor Books: The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Wolfie the Bunny written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora

For more information, visit Homeschool Hub or contact Holly Storck-Post at hstorckpost@monroepubliclibrary.org.

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On Monday December 21st, two groups of second grade students Bret Harte Elementary in Cherry Hill, NJ spent the morning with the librarian from the Cherry Hill Public Library discussing a selection of 2015 picture books and learning about the award committee and criteria. Each group got the chance to vote for a Mock Caldecott winner and honor books.

The books selected for Group 1 were:

Drum dream girlMock Caldecott Winner: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Honor Books: Wait  written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

The books selected for Group 2 were:

my penMock Caldecott Winner: My Pen written and illustrated by Christopher Meyers

Honor Book: Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

For more information, contact Alia Shields, Youth Service Librarian, Cherry Hill Public Library at ashields@chplnj.org.

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The 2nd-6th grade students at Windemere Park Charter Academy in Lansing Michigan voted for their favorite picture books in November for a Mock Caldecott Award. Here are the results:

Toys meet snowMock Caldecott Winner: Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Honor books: Waiting by Kevin Henkes

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

For more information, contact Angie Moore at 27.amoore@nhaschools.com

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Nine librarians from the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative in Tampa, FL held a Mock Caldecott (we’re calling it the “Caldemock”) on Monday, December 21, 2015.  The results were:

in a village by the seaMock Caldecott Winner:  In a Village By the Sea, written by Muon Van and illustrated by April Chu.

Honor Books:  Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

Oskar and the Eight Blessings, written by Richard and Tanya Simon and illustrated by Mark Siegel.

For more information, contact Michelle Michaud at michaudm@hillsboroughcounty.org.

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On December 21, 2015, over 900 students in grades K-5 voted for the Mock Caldecott at Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, Maine. Here are the voting results:

Trombone shortyMock Caldecott Winner:  Trombone Shorty written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier

Honor Books: The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

For more information about this Mock program, contact Catharine Potter at cpotter@falmouthschools.org.

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Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science hosts an annual Mock Caldecott, organized by the Youth Services Working Group. It was started by former ALSC President Dr. Carolyn Brodie, who served as Caldecott member and chair.  This year there were nineteen face-to-face participants and three online participants, who connected via Google Hangouts. They selected the following titles:

night worldMock Caldecott Winner: The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Honor Books: Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin

For more information about this Mock Election program, contact Marianne Martens at martens.marianne@gmail.com.

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A group of first grade students at Fred A. Toomer Elementary School in Atlanta, GA spent 8 weeks evaluating and discussing 2015 picture books based on the actual award criteria before voting on a Mock Caldecott winner. The books selected are:

Leo a ghost storyMock Caldecott Winner:  Leo: A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Honor BooksWater Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin

Wait written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Wolfie the Bunny written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Eric Carpenter at eric.carpenter@atlanta.k12.ga.us.

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Second grade students at the Latin School of Chicago used teacher-led “kid-friendly criteria” based on the actual award criteria to discuss and vote on a Mock Caldecott winner: The Mock Caldecott result is:

finding winnieMock Caldecott Winner:  Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Honor Books: Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin

Flop to the Top! written by Eleanor Davis and illustrated by Drew Weing

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program for students, contact Elisa Gall at egall@latinschool.org.

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A group of library staff at Sacramento Public Library participated in the library’s fifth annual Mock Caldecott event.  The Mock Caldecott winners are:

Bear ate your sandwichMock Caldecott Winner: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Honor Books: Float, written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

For more information about this program, contact Caitlin Tormey at ctormey@saclibrary.org.

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Takoma Park Maryland Library offered a Mock Caldecott for Adults program on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The Mock Caldecott winners are:

Bear ate your sandwichMock Caldecott Winner:  The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Honor Books: My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers

Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales, written and illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle, written by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin

For more information about this program, contact Kati Nolfi, Children’s Librarian, at kathrynn@takomaparkmd.gov.

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Twenty-one adults — including preschool & elementary teachers, school & public librarians, and Wright State University students — gathered in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, November 14, 2015 for a Mock Caldecott program. After viewing and discussing 75 titles, the following Mock Caldecott winners were selected:

in a village by the seaMock Caldecott Winner: In a Village by the Sea, written by April Chu and illustrated by Muon Van

Honor Books: Float, written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

If You Plant a Seed, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Check out the complete list of titles discussed here. For more information about this program, contact Stephanie Bange at stephanie.bange@wright.edu.

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Fifteen MLIS students in Dominican University GSLIS class, LIS 804.01 Special Topics: Mock Caldecott, participated in a Mock Caldecott program this semester. The results are:

PLANTASEEDmidMock Caldecott Winner:  If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books:  Bird & Diz by Gary Golio, illustrated by Ed Young

Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Night Animals written and illustrated by Gianna Marino

This program was coordinated by Diane Foote, Assistant Dean and Curator, Butler Children’s Literature Center. Read more about this Mock Caldecott program at http://butlerspantry.org.

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On Saturday, December 12, 2015, 12 children’s literature enthusiasts gathered for a rousing discussion of some great books for young people at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After passionate discussion, the following Mock Caldecott winners were selected:

bird & DizMock Caldecott Winner: Bird & Diz by Gary Golio, illustrated by Ed Young

Honor Books: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Dan Brown

Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Kris Lill at klill@acpl.info or Dawn Stoops at dstoops@acpl.info.

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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, eight children’s literature enthusiasts had a great, lively discussion sponsored by the San Diego County Library and San Diego County Office of Education. The following Mock Caldecott titles were selected:

FloatMock Caldecott Winner:  Float written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

Honor Books: In a Village By the Sea by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu

        Big Bear Little Chair written and    illustrated by Lizi Boyd

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Ramona Price at Ramona.Price@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 35 librarians gathered to discuss the year’s best children’s books at the Dayton Metro Library. After an all-day affair with much animated discussion, the following Mock Caldecott titles were chosen:

PLANTASEEDmidMock Caldecott Winner: If You Plant a Seed written and
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books: Float written and illustrated by Daniel
Miyares

Beautiful Hands written by Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi, illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Lisa Nabel at rosebudli@yahoo.com.

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On Thursday, December 3, 2015, 60+ librarians and teachers from the Lane Libraries, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and other nearby schools in southwest Ohio gathered to discuss the year’s best books for children. The Mock Caldecott results are:

MPLANTASEEDmidock Caldecott Winner: If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books: The Night World written and illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein

The Moon is Going to Addy’s House written and illustrated by Ida Pearle

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich written and illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach

For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Gratia Banta at g.banta@lanepl.org

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On Monday, December 7, 2015, librarians from the Eastern Shore Libraries of Maryland (and some from the other side of the bay too) met to discuss six candidates for our Mock Caldecott medalist. When votes were cast, the winners were…

Drowned CityMock Caldecott Winner:  Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown

Honor Book: Wait written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

The discussion was led by  Julie Ranelli and Natalie Lane and Heidi Hammond, and Gail Nordstrom offered a presentation on reading the art in Caldecott books. For more information about this Mock Caldecott program, contact Rachael Stein at rachael@esrl.org.

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Mock Coretta Scott King Results

(For information about the Coretta Scott King Awards, visit The Coretta Scott King Book Awards homepage.)

Third grade students at the Latin School of Chicago used teacher-led “kid-friendly criteria” based on the actual award criteria to discuss and vote on a Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator winner: The Mock CSK results are:

My name is truthMock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Winner:  My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth  written by Ann Turner and illustrated by James Ransome

Honor BooksMy Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers

Juneteenth for Mazie, written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Harlem Renaissance Party, written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold

For more information about this Mock Coretta Scott King program for students, contact Elisa Gall at egall@latinschool.org.

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On Saturday, December 5, 2015, 24 kids and grown-ups from the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana examined a sampling of great new children’s books. The Mock CSK Illustrator Award results are:

New ShoesMock CSK Illustrator Winner:  New Shoes by Susan Meyer, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Honor Book:  Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

For more  information about this Mock Coretta Scott King program, contact Teresa Walls at twalls@acpl.info.

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Mock Geisel Results

(For information about the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, visit the Geisel Awards homepage.)

The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana hosted a Mock Geisel program on Sunday, January 10th. Forty votes were cast evenly from both adults and children. The winners were:

I will take a napMock Geisel winner: I Will Take a Nap by Mo Willems

Honor Books: Frog on a Log? illustrated by Jim Field and written by Kes Gray

Good Night, Knight written and illustrated by Betsy Lewin

For more information about this Mock Geisel program, contact Miriam Rose at mrose@acpl.info.

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The librarian and first grade teacher at Castleton Elementary School in Castleton, New York, worked with 23 first graders on a Mock Geisel program. The winners selected were:

I Yam a DonkeyMock Geisel Winner: I Yam a Donkey by Cece Bell

Honor Book:  What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma Virjan

For more information about this Mock Geisel program for students, contact Stacey Rattner at srattner@schodack.k12.ny.us.

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First grade students at the Latin School of Chicago used teacher-led “kid-friendly criteria” based on the actual award criteria to discuss and vote on a Mock Geisel winner: The Mock Geisel Result is:

I will take a napMock Geisel Winner: I Will Take a Nap by Mo Willems

No Honor Books were selected.

For more information about this Mock Geisel program for students, contact Elisa Gall at egall@latinschool.org.

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On Monday, December 14, 2015, librarians from the Children’s Librarians Association of Suffolk County, NY  (CLASC) participated in a lively and articulate discussion at Huntington Main Public Library. The Mock Geisel results are:

pig in a wigMock Geisel Winner: What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virján

Honor Book: Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier

For more information about this Mock Geisel program, contact Marybeth Kozikowski, Chair, CLASC Literature Committee, at Marybeth.Kozikowski@sachemlibrary.org.

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Mock Printz Results

(For information about the Printz Award, visit the Printz Award homepage

A group of Maricopa County, Arizona librarians met on January 8th to discuss mock Printz contenders.

Here are the results:

restofus-usMock Printz Winner:  The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Honor Books: Bone Gap  by Laura Ruby

The Truth Commission by Sally Juby

For more information about this Mock Printz program, contact Carolyn Grote at CGrote@glendaleaz.com.

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The Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex, NC offered a Mock Printz club this year with 35 teens. The results are:

challengerdeep-298x450Mock Printz Winner:  Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Honor Books: Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brokenbrough

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

For more information about this Mock Printz program, contact Lisa Ward at lisa.ward@wakegov.com.

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Mock Pura Belpré Award

(For information about the Pura Belpré  Award, visit the Belpré Awards homepage.)

Over 30 librarians from around Oregon participated in the state’s first Mock Belpré workshop on Saturday, December 12 at the Hillsboro Main Library. The Children’s Services Division (CSD) and REFORMA Round Table of the Oregon Library Association sponsored this program and arrived at the following mock winners:

enchanted-air-9781481435222_lgMock Belpré Author Winner: Enchanted Air. Two Cultures, Two Wings. A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Author Honor Books: Salsa. Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem by Jorge Argueta

Mango, Abuela, and Me / Mango, Abuela y yo by Meg Medina

Drum Dream Girl. How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López

Miracle in 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano

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funny bonesMock Belpré Illustrator Winner: Funny Bones. Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Illustrator Honor Books: Drum Dream Girl. How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López

Mango, Abuela, and Me / Mango, Abuela y yo by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

For more information about this Mock Belpré program, contact Barratt Miller at bmiller@crooklib.org.

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