2019 Mock Election Results

Youth Media Awards logo for use with Mock Elections 2019 pageEvery 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.

On Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 at 8 a.m. PT, at the American Library Associations Midwinter Meetings held in Seattle, Washington, the winners of the 2019 Youth Media Awards will be announced. Fans can follow 2019 results in real-time via live webcast, sponsored by Baker and Taylor, a Follett Company, or follow hashtag #alayma.”

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Mock Caldecott Results

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


Cover image of BlueThirty-five Kindergarten/PreFirst students at the Friends School of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, working in collaboration with third grade students, examined the Caldecott criteria and evaluated & voted on a shortlist of potential winners. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers/Soñadores , illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

They Say Blue, written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

The Day You Begin, illustrated by Rafael López and written by Jacqueline Woodson.

For more information about this program, contact John Scott at jscott@friendsbalt.org.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidSixteen people at the Grand Forks Public Library in Grand Forks, North Dakota reviewed seven books receiving Caldecott “buzz” to help promote the program on our Mock Caldecott webpage, which can be found at: https://adobe.ly/2Fp7SHL. The winners they selected on January 27 were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

For more information about this program, contact Aaron Stefanich at  aaron.stefanich@gflibrary.com.

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cover image of Baby Monkey Private EyeOn January 18th, 500 students at Snow Horse Elementary in Kaysville, Utah participated in a Mock Caldecott program. Baby Monkey swung away with well over twice the votes of the 3rd – 6th grade students. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winners: Baby Monkey, Private Eye illustrated by Brian Selznick and written by David Serlin.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri.

Image of Baby Monke;y, Private Eye; Tiger vs. Nightmare; and Blue

For more information about this program, contact DaNae Lue at danaeleu@gmail.com.

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Cover image of Hello LighthouseMr. Wright’s 3rd grade class at Kensico School in Valhalla, NY has been working on their mock Caldecott project since mid-November. The class tries to do everything as closely as possible to what the real committee does. Lots of passion, amazing critiquing, and a nail-biter of a voting process later, the 22 students have their results and are looking forward to Monday’s announcements! The winners selected are:

Mock Caldecott Winners: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Baby Monkey, Private Eye illustrated by Brian Selznick and written by David Serlin.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

For more information about this program, contact Bill Wright at bwright@valhallaschools.org.

 

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Cover image of Hello LighthouseThirty people participated in the 46th annual Caldecott Read-In held at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, Ohio. The Mock Caldecott winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winners: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Hello Hello, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World, illustrated and written by Christy Hale.

Mock Caldecott participants

For more information about this program, contact Nancy Eames at nancy.eames@toledolibrary.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherThe Truro Public Library branch of the Outer Cape Mock Caldecott has chosen a winner – Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê. Seventy-six students participated. Special thanks to the students and teachers at Truro Central School, Barbara Klipper, and Provincetown Library.

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

The Rough Patch, illustrated and written by Brian Lies.

For more information, contact Maggie Hanelt at mhanelt@clamsnet.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherTwenty-nine librarians from several northeast Indiana libraries gathered at the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton, Indiana for the library’s 26th annual Mock Caldecott Workshop on January 25th. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

For more information about this program, contact Susan Dailey at sdailey@wellscolibrary.org.

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Cover image of I am a CatThe Bedminster School in Bedminister, New Jersey offered four separate sessions of Mock Caldecott programs; 200 students participated. Here are the detailed results:
The two overwhelming winners were

  • I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein (3 Gold, 1 Silver)
  • Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein (1 Gold, 2 Silver)

Honors went to:

  • Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (1 Silver)
  • Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat (1 Silver)
  • Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall (1 Silver)
  • Island Born by Juot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa (1 Silver)
  • Ocean Meets Sky by Eric & Terry Fan (1 Silver)
  • The Rough Patch by Brian Lies (1 Silver)

Mock Caldecott Winner: I am a Cat illustrated and written by Galia Bernstein.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein.

More details about the programs: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/search/label/Caldecott. For even more information, contact Carol Levin at cslevin59@gmail.com.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherIt was a series of emotional weeks for two grade 5 classes at Connect Charter School in Calgary, AB, Canada. Each week, they had to eliminate so many amazing books from their Caldecott contenders. In the end, there can be only one winner. When they looked at each book, alongside the criteria, some of the favorites were not the best match. They had to vote with their heads and not their hearts. The top books, if they went for kid appeal and favorites were probably, “Baby Monkey , Private Eye” “Zola’s Elephant,” and “The Wall in the Middle of the Book,” but the mock medal was awarded to “Drawn Together.” Luckily, they can use their persuasive writing skills to request that favorite titles be added to their library collection. The 52 students rediscovered how great picture books can be, and learned to think critically. They agreed that every book they looked at had wonderful qualities. The final winners were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

The Rabbit Listened illustrated and written by Cori Doerrfeld.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record Setting Dive of the Bathysphere written by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

Mock Caldecott Wall Display

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

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Cover image of The Sequoia Lives OnThe Sonoma County Library in Sonoma County, California had 8 Mock Caldecott contenders, selected by the children’s librarians, out on display for the public to read and vote on. We left the displays out from January 2nd-25th and patrons could vote in person or on-line. With 270 people participating, staff and patrons have lots of fun with this event! The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Sequoia Lives On illustrated by Fiona Hsieh and written by Joanna Cooke.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

For more information contact Cailin Yeager at cmyeager@sonomalibrary.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherA mix of 65 librarians and teachers from the Cincinnati / Dayton area met on January 17th to discuss books and select a Mock Caldecott winner. The titles they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

For more information about this program, contact Caitlin Hoffer at  Caitlin.Hoffer@cincinnatilibrary.org.

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The Lincolnwood Public Library Caldecott Club met 4 times, twice in November and December, where they did picture walks through 4 books and voted for their top 2 to go to the Voting Party in January. At the Voting Party, the kids led the discussion about each of the 8 finalists and voted for their top 3 books. They even created a “making the call” video for our winner. The kids received free Caldecott posters from Baker & Taylor, book merch, and an ARC at the end of the program. You can read a full recap at http://lincolnwoodlibrary.org/caldecott-club-session-5-the-party/. The winners selected were by the 15 participants were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, illustrated and written by Ryan T. Higgins.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Hello, illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

For more information about this program, contact Eti Berland at eberland@lincolnwoodlibrary.org.

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Cover of Dreamers by Yuri MoralesOn January 22nd, the Columbus Gifted Academy, in Columbus, Ohio held a Mock Caldecott program.These results are based on the votes of 50 sixth graders who read and analyzed the books based on the Caldecott criteria. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

A House That Once Was, illustrated by Lane Smith and written by Julie Fogliano.

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker.

For more information about this program, contact Sam Leopold at sleopold@columbus.k12.oh.us.

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On January 9th, 43 people gathered for the Kansas City Metropolitan Librarians Mock Caldecott program. This program included librarians from the metropolitan Kansas City Area (MO and KS). Says the program coordinator: “Hello Lighthouse (Blackall) received more points, but Julián is a Mermaid (Love) received more first-place votes. Since we did not have enough time to re-vote, we declared Hello Lighthouse and Julián is a Mermaid as co-winners with Drawn Together as our honor book.”

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Mock Caldecott Winners: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Book: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidThe San Jose Public Library in San Jose, California hosted a Mock Caldecott as part of a staff training event. They wrote about it on their blog here. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

A House That Once Was, illustrated by Lane Smith and written by Julie Fogliano.

 

For more information about this program, contact Lizzie Nolan at elizabeth.nolan@sjlibrary.org.

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Cover image of If I Had a HorseOn January 14th, the Ramapo Catskill Library System CLOUSC offered a Mock Caldecott program. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: If I Had a Horse illustrated and written by Gianna Marino.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Alma and How She Got Her Name illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal.

 

 

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

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Cover image of A Stone for SaschaOn January 14th, the Ramapo Catskill Library System CLOUSC offered a Mock Caldecott program. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Island Born, illustrated by Leo Espinosa and written by Junot Díaz.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record Setting Dive of the Bathysphere written by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherOn January 14th, the Ramapo Catskill Library System CLOUSC offered a Mock Caldecott program. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Chris Barton.

Giraffe Problems, illustrated by Lane Smith and written by Jory John.

The Field, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara and written by Baptiste Paul.

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

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Cover image of Stuff of StarsOn January 14th, the Ramapo Catskill Library System CLOUSC in Middletown, New York offered a Mock Caldecott program, The winners were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Stuff of Stars, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Marion Dane Bauer.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Thank You, Omu illustrated and written by Oge More.

 

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

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Cover of Dreamers by Yuri MoralesOn January 22, youth librarians and guests from around Rockland County in Middletown, New York, gathered to discuss titles for a Mock Caldecott award in a program hosted by the Library Association of Rockland County Youth Services

First, there were 4 break away groups that each discussed 11 titles, and a winner was selected for each group. Next, everyone gathered to present their group winners. After a case was made and everyone had a chance to look at all four titles, an overall winner was selected.

The winners were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Imagine, illustrated and written by Raúl Colón.

 

Library Association of Rockland County Youth Services Mock Caldecott

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

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Cover of Dreamers by Yuri MoralesThis Mock Caldecott Facebook group out of Canada had over 200 members; 40 titles were added to a long list and 27 people voted. The winners selected on January 27 were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

 

 

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Cover of Dreamers by Yuri MoralesThree people in the Mock Caldecott 2019 Club – Vancouver, Canada – met on January 20th to discuss possible winners. The books they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World, illustrated and written by Christy Hale.

 

 

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidOn January 16, 2019 the Kent State University School of Information held its Fifth Annual Mock Caldecott event in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center. A mock committee of 16 (14 in-person, and 2 online) voted. Congratulations to the winner and honors.

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dude! illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Aaron Reynolds.

Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Participants in the Kent State Mock Caldecott program

For more information about this program, contact Michelle Baldini at mbaldini@kent.edu.

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cover image of Baby Monkey Private EyeApproximately 250 second, third, and fourth graders at Brooks Free Library/Harwich Elementary School in Harwich, Massachusetts read and discussed 20 books from September through January. Students voted for their top three choices, with a weighted vote giving 3 points for first place, 2 points for second, and 1 point for third place. The winning titles they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Baby Monkey, Private Eye illustrated by Brian Selznick and written by David Serlin.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

The Wall in the Middle of the Book, illustrated and written by Jon Agee.

Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

For more information about this program, contact Ann Carpenter at acarpenter@clamsnet.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherOn January 23, 2019, in Onalaska, WI, approximately 80 students at Northern Hills Elementary School participated in a Mock Caldecott program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  The Rough Patch, illustrated and written by Brian Lies.

Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at brucr@onalaskaschools.com

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherThe Bowling Green University Mock Caldecott committee in Bowling Green, Ohio, started with about 15 members, consisting of faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and community members. They began discussing books back in September. Nomination ballots were cast in November and January and narrowed the field to about 18 titles. Final balloting and discussions took place on 1/22/2019- unfortunately some members were unable to make the meeting. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom, illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Gary D. Schmidt.

For more information about this program, contact Joe Prince at jjprinc@bgsu.edu.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidOn January 20th, eight people gathered at the Barrington Area Library in Barrington, Illinois for a Mock Caldecott program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Participants in the Barrington Area Library Mock Caldecott
Participants in the Barrington Area Library Mock Caldecott program

For more information about this program, contact Stefanie Molinaro at stefaniemolinaro@gmail.com.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherThirty-eight librarians from several libraries/schools in Central Indianja attended a Mock Caldecott program at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, Indiana on January 18th. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Mock Caldecott discussions at the Carmel Clay Public Library

For more information about this program, contact Susan Dailey at sdailey@wellscolibrary.org.

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Cover image of Ocean Meets SkyIn an annual event held this year on January 16, and sponsored by Westchester Library System, Westchester Library Association, and Southern Westchester BOCES, fourteen people participated in a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. It is organized by the YA Book Buzz book club. (There were also discussions held on the same evening regarding the Printz and the Newbery.) The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Alma and How She Got Her Name, illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Mock Caldecott discussion organized by YA Book Buzz book
Mock Caldecott discussion organized by YA Book Buzz book

For more information about this program, contact YA Book Buzz at yabookbuzz@wlsmail.org.

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Cover image of Hello LighthouseThis School Library System Mock Caldecott event at the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System in Goshen, NY was attended by 11 participants from 4 school districts on January 17th. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

For more information about this program, contact Diana Wendell at diana.wendell@ouboces.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherTwenty-two people met at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s Central location on Thursday, January 17, for an annual Mock Caldecott discussion. While most of the participants were EVPL Youth Experience staff, they were joined by others who are interested in children’s literature, including local author/illustrator Kristi Valiant. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Found illustrated by Larry Day and written by Jeff Newman.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

The Rough Patch, illustrated and written by Brian Lies.

Participants in the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Mock Caldecott group
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Mock Caldecott group

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

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherStudents at the Latin School in Chicago, Illinois read 5 outstanding picture books, reviewed the award criteria and voted. Drawn Together won with 37 of our 63 2nd graders choosing it!

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

For  more information about this program, contact Sheri Snopek at ssnopek@latinschool.org.

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Cover image of Ocean Meets SkyAt the Evanston Public Library, in Evanston, Illinois, the Caldecott Club meets 4 times: the second Thursdays of October, November, December, and January. At the first three meetings the participants look at the art in five current picture books. They vote. The top 3 books go to the Caldecott Club Voting Party in January. At the voting party the kids look at the art in the 9 books; there is trivia about the 9 books, prizes are handed out to each child (this year: Wolf in the Snow bookmarks from ALA, Caldecott bookmarks, gift certificates to the new independent children’s book store in Evanston, Booked), and they vote for an ultimate winner. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

A House That Once Was, illustrated by Lane Smith and written by Julie Fogliano.

For more information about this program, contact Brian E. at bwilson@cityofevanston.org.

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Cover image of The Rabbit ListenedThe 3rd annual Mock Caldecott program was held at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois on January 14th. Twenty-five people participated. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Rabbit Listened illustrated and written by Cori Doerrfeld.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Two readers at the Gail Borden Public Library Mock Caldecott

For more information about this program, contact Katie Clausen at kclausen@gailborden.info.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidThe Youth Services Committee of BCCLS (78 Libraries in Bergen County NJ) held annual Mock Awards Programs on January 11, 2019 with 35 Youth Services Librarians from the consortium discussing and voting on Mock Caldecott, Newbery and Printz Winners. The winners selected in the Mock Caldecott were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

The Day You Begin, illustrated by Rafael López and written by Jacqueline Woodson.

Alma and How She Got Her Name, illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal.

For more information, contact Amy Sears at amy.sears@teaneck.bccls.org.

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Cover image of Thank You, OmuThe Mock Caldecott election at Takoma Park Maryland Library was the culmination of a year of reading and discussion of 2019 Caldecott possibilities in the Caldecott Club. Meeting monthly on a Monday evening, both kids and adults were welcome. The general outline was to read 4 books (using a document camera, projector and screen so everyone can really see the illustrations), discuss each one according to our “kid-free” version of the Caldecott criteria, and then vote on our favorite book of the evening. That book then became one of our finalists. At the final event, held on January 7, each finalist was re-read by the 25 participants before a final vote was held. The winners were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Thank You, Omu illustrated and written by Oge More.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse, illustrated by Corinna Luyken and written by Marcy Campbell.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

For more information about this program, contact Karen MacPherson at karen.macpherson@gmail.com.

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Cover of Dreamers by Yuri MoralesSome changes were made in the 5th annual Mock Caldecott for Adults at the Takoma Park Maryland Library. For the first time, they selected a group of 20 semi-finalists, and asked potential Mock participants to vote for 10. That process allowed a list of 10 finalists. By narrowing down the number of books discussed, there was a much richer and fuller discussion in the allotted 3 hours. Twenty people participated in the program which was held on January 13th. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Participants in the Mock Caldecott for Adults
Mock Caldecott for Adults participants

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SCover image of Drawn Togetherix people in the Northern Illinois Librarians Networking Group participated in a Mock Caldecott discussion and election on January 13th. The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Hey, Kiddo illustrated and writtenby Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidThe Oregon Library Association‘s Children’s Services Division hosted a Mock Caldecott program on Saturday, January 12th; 32 people attended. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

For more information about this program, please contact Taylor Worley at tworley@springfield-or.gov.

The regon Library Association's Children's Services Division ponders Mock Caldecotts
Intense Mock Caldecott thinking from the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherOn January 12,  a snowy Saturday morning in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Allen County Public Library hosted their annual Mock Caldecott program. Twenty-one people gathered to discuss and choose the mock winners. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

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

ACPL Mock Caldecott participants

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Cover image of Ocean Meets SkyThe Springfield Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri hosted their  7th annual Mock Caldecott on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Eight avid picture book fans braved the cold and possible ice to discuss their favorite picture books. Three honor titles were chosen as well as the Mock Winner, The Ocean Meets Sky by the Fan brothers.

Mock Caldecott Winner: Ocean Meets Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

For more information about this program, contact Sarah Bean Thompson at sarahbean@thelibrary.org.

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Cover image of LoveOn January 8th, 10 people participated in a Mock Caldecott program hosted by the Sullivan County BOCES School Library System in Liberty, New York. (Sullivan County BOCES School Library System is a consortium of eight school district libraries in the Southern Catskill mountains of New York State.) The winners they selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Love, illustrated by Loren Long and written by Matt de la Peña.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Blue, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

The Rough Patch, illustrated and written by Brian Lies.

Night Job, illustrated by G. Brian Karas and written by Karen Hesse.

For more information about this program, contact Lynn Miller at lynn.miller@scboces.org.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidOn January 9, 2019, thirty members of the Brooklyn Public Library Children’s Book Showcase Committee presented a list of possible contenders to the Mock Caldecott discussion group of 30 people. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  A Big Mooncake for Little Star, illustrated and written by Grace Lin.

Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

BPL Mock Caldecott presenters
BPL Mock Caldecott presenters Kimberly Grad, Polina Mitenko, Ben Perry, Kathy Gerber, Emily Heath, Rachel Weiss, Stefanie Sinn and Bean Amerika

For more information about this program, contact Kimberly Grad at kgrad@bklynlibrary.org.

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Cover image of Drawn TogetherOn January 8th, eighteen people gathered at the Chicago Public Library in Chicago, Illinois for a Mock Caldecott discussion and election.

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

For more information about this program, contact Shilo Jefferson at shalfen@chipublib.org.

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidThe Dayton Metro Library, in Dayton, Ohio offered a day long program at their Main Library on December 14, 2018 that was open to the public. Twenty-four children and adults looked through about 50 well reviewed picture books and voted for their top three books. The library also provided an array of art supplies including colored pencils, tempera, watercolors, gouache, pastels, and magazines for making collages; families had a chance to try out a variety of art supplies and try to imitate the art seen in the picture books. The art supplies were certainly the part that got most kids and families to come into the program, but everyone also enjoyed looking at the books and discussing their favorites. The winners selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise, illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein.

A Parade of Elephants, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes.

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko and written by Irene Latham & Charles Waters.

For more information about this program, contact Melissa Sokol at msokol@daytonmetrolibrary.org

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Cover image of Julian is a MermaidThe Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado read, nominated, and discussed throughout the year. Voting took place at the final meeting on January 6, with nine people voting. The final results were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Julián is a Mermaid, illustrated and written by Jessica Love.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, illustrated by Corinna Luyken and written by Marcy Campbell.

Participants in the CBE Mock Batchelder Book Discussion Group
The CBE Book Discussion Group

 

 

 

For more information about this program, contact Carol Edwards at edwarc48@gmail.com.

 

 

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On December 19, 2018, the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport, New York hosted a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. Their Mock Caldecott list is built from recommendations from librarians around the county. To make the list, there must be at least 20 copies of the title held in the county so all participants have a chance to read the books. SCLS youth services staff then finalize the list. The Mock Caldecott attendees had an in-depth discussion over the course of an hour and a half. The winner was chosen with only one round of voting, winning with a healthy margin of votes! Our honor winners were the next three highest scoring titles and were selected by a show of hands.

Participats in the SCLS Mock Caldecott 2019

Cover image of Drawn TogetherHere are the winning titles:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Drawn Together, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall.

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love.

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

For more information about this program, contact Darla Salva Cruz at darla@suffolknet.org.

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Cover image of Dreamers by Yuyi MoralesThe iSchool, UBC Children’s Lit Class, in Vancouver, Canada offered a Mock Caldecott program on November 19th. Thirteen people participated and decided on the following winners:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Island Born, illustrated by Leo Espinosa and written by Junot Díaz.

The Prince and the Dressmaker, illustrated and written by Jen Wang.

 


Mock Newbery Results

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


Cover image of Just Like JackieEleven people at the Washington Elementary School in Fargo, ND participated in a Mock Newbery on January 22nd. The books they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson.

For more information about this program, contact Stephanie Newland at newlans@fargo.k12.nd.us.

 

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleOn January 22nd, seventeen people gathered at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA for a Mock Newbery program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge.

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

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Cover image of SweepFor the 10th consecutive year, Librarians current and retired from the Ocean County Library system met, discussed and voted for a mock Newbery winner. Ten people participated and selected the following winners:

Mock Newbery Winner: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate diCamillo.

The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

 

 

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The Wastach Front Readers are a group of mainly educators who met over a luscious brunch on January 26. The nine participants considered eleven glorious titles, many getting plenty of love, but in the end there was a consensuses after one vote. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate diCamillo.

Rebound by Kwame Alexander.

Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

For more information about this program, contact DaNae Leu at danaeleu@gmail.com.

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Cover image of SweepLibrarians from around the country volunteered their time and wisdom on the Heavy Medal (School Library Journal) Blog to discuss this year’s top children’s books. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate diCamillo.

Snow Lane by Josie Angelini.

Book of Boy by Catherine Murdock.

For more information about this program, contact Roxanne Feldman at roxannefeldman@gmail.com.

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Cover image of SweepOn January 25th, 15 people at the Snow Horse Elementary in Kaysville, Utah voted in a Mock Newbery. The students and several  educators had read from a wide open field of titles. Sweep took the medal with an easy majority, but there was wide appreciation of many of the titles. (One 6th grade boy would like you to know that he believes that Harbor Me is the world’s best book.) The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate diCamillo.

For more information, contact DaNae Leu  at danaeleu@gmail.com.

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cover image of Ghost BoysAs a class, 38 sixth grade students in Miami Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana have been working in small groups to read and discuss 11 titles. They have been comparing literary elements of plot, characterization, setting, and theme. Each student has read an impressive 2,624 pages since November! The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

For more information about this program, contact Ryan Throop-Voors at Ryan.throop-voors@fwcs.k12.in.us.

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cover image of Ghost BoysFifty fourth grade students at the Friends School of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland participated in a Mock Newbery program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

The Last by Katherine Applegate.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Choksi.

For more information about this program, contact John Scott at jscott@friendsbalt.org. (They are looking for classes/grade levels/schools to collaborate with next year. Please visit their website https://sites.google.com/friendsbalt.org/global-mock-newbery-2018/home and join them for Newbery 2020!)

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cover image of Ghost BoysThe Teen Leadership Corps members (6th-10 grade) of the West Regional Library in Cary, NC met every other week year round to discuss possible winners. In December, they discussed the titles in depth and and the seven participants picked the winners. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Baby Monkey, Private Eye illustrated by Brian Selznick and written by David Serlin.

Blended by Sharon Draper.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty.

For more information about this program, contact jennifer.hartley@wakegov.com.

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Cover image of Front DeskHundred of students from all over King County participated in the Mock Newbery program sponsored by the King County Library system. The winners the 358 students selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

For more information about this program, contact Destinee Sutton at drsutton@kcls.org.

 

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Cover image of The Night DiaryA mix of 65 librarians and teachers from the Cincinnati / Dayton area met on January 17th to discuss books and select a Mock Newbery winner. The titles they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol.

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.

For more information, contact Sam Bloom at sam.bloom@cincinnatilibrary.org.

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Cover image of Front DeskOn January 24th, sixteen people gathered at the Johnson County Public Library in Franklin, Indiana for a Mock Newbery discussion and election. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.

 

 

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Cover image of SweepOn January 12th, faculty from Elementary, Middle, and High School at The Dalton School participated in a mock Newbery program. There were 11 books on the shortlist. The winners were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate diCamillo.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

For more information about this program, contact Roxanne Feldman at rfeldman@dalton.org.

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleOn January 14th, the Ramapo Catskill Library System CLOUSC in Middletown, New York offered a Mock Newbery program, The winners were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss.

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

 

 

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Cover image of Lifeboat 12On January 22nd, the Library Association of Rockland County Youth Services offered a Mock Newbery program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

 

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Cover image of CheckedThe fifth grade students of the Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California met weekly beginning in October to read the ten nominated books. On January 15th, the 24 students decided on the following winners:

Mock Newbery Winner: Checked by Cynthia Kadohata.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin.

Just Like Jackie by by Lindsey Stoddard.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

For more information about this program, contact Maeve Knoth at mknoth@phillipsbrooks.org.

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleFourteen 4th and 5th grade students at the Buckner School in Lagrange, Kentucky read 12 books that had been mentioned on various websites as “possible” contenders for the Newbery. Kids had been reading since October and finally had their big Newbery voting session and discussion. So much fun! They were strong advocates for their chosen book! The winners were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo.

Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard.

For more information about this program, contact Jennifer Dolan at Jennifer.Dolan@oldham.kyschools.us.

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Cover image of The Night DiaryOn January 17, members of the Brooklyn Public Library Children’s Book Showcase Committee in Brooklyn, New York, presented a list of possible contenders to the Mock Newbery discussion group of 30 librarians. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Hurricane Child by Kherin Callender

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.

Brooklyn Public Library Children's Book Showcase Committee members
Left to Right: Meghan Oliver, Emily Heath, Ben Perry, Kathy Gerber, Yesha Naik, Kimberly Grad and Stefanie Sinn

For more information about this program, contact Kimberly Grad at kgrad@bklynlibrary.org.

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Parker InheritanceThe Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento, California offered a Mock Newbery program on January 21st. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner:  The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow.

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell.

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

 

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleForty people gathered for the Kansas City Metro Area Mock Newbery in Kansas City, Missouri,p on January 16th. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge.

For more information about this program, contact Naphtali Faris at nfaris@mymcpl.org.

 

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Cover image of Journey of Little CharlieIn an annual event held this year on January 16, and sponsored by Westchester Library System, Westchester Library Association, and Southern Westchester BOCES, seven people participated in a Mock Newbery discussion and election. It is organized by the YA Book Buzz book club. (There were also discussions held on the same evening regarding the Printz and Caldecott.) The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.

Mock Newbery discussion organized by YA Book Buzz book group
Mock Newbery discussion organized by YA Book Buzz book group

For more information about this program, contact YA Book Buzz at yabookbuzz@wlsmail.org.

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Cover image of The Night DiaryThis School Library System Mock Newbery event at the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System in Goshen, NY was attended by 25 participants from 11 school districts, as well as 2 people from the local public library system on January 17th. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman.

For more information about this program, contact Diana Wendell at diana.wendell@ouboces.org.

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleThe Newbery Club of Northport-East Northport Public Library in Northport, New York meets monthly; members are children grades 4-7. On January 15th, they met to determine their winners. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Checked by Cynthia Kadohata.

For more information, contact Lisa Herskowitz at lisa.herskowitz@nenpl.org.

 

 

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Cover image of Front DeskIn the 9th annual mock Newbery Club at the Ossining Public Library in Ossining, New York, kids in grades 4 and up read a total of about 30 books since May 2018. On January 11, they voted and selected the following winners:

Mock Newbery Winner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.

Doughnut Fix by Jessie Janowitz.

For more information about this program, contact Debbie Fletcher at dfletcher@wlsmail.org.

 

 

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Cover image of Front DeskThe Youth Services Committee of BCCLS in Northeastern, NJ (Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties) hosted its annual Mock Awards Program bringing together youth librarians from across the consortium to discuss and vote on their favorites on January 11th. Forty people participated. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson.

For more information about this program, contact Amy Sears at amy.sears@teaneck.bccls.org.

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Cover image of Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the WorldOn January 12, on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Allen County Public Library hosted their annual Mock Newbery program. Twenty-four people gathered to discuss and choose the mock winners. The winners selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

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

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Cover image of Small SpacesFrom October through December, 40 middle school students in Lincoln Hall‘s Gifted and Talented Education program in Lincolnwood, Illinois participated in a Mock Newbery unit. They began their unit with a presentation from a former Newbery committee member who shared booktalks of eligible books and insights about the award selection process. The students then selected books to read based on Anderson’s Bookshop’s list. Using the Newbery criteria, they submitted formal nominations, as well as NOTminations for books they didn’t want to be considered for the award. They participated in a rigorous discussion of the books that had been nominated and selected their winners on December 21st. The winners were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

For more information about this program, contact Leanne Ellis at lellis@sd74.org.

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleOn January 8th, 22 people participated in a Mock Newbery program hosted by the Sullivan County BOCES School Library System in Liberty, New York. The winners they selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

For more information about this program, contact Lynn Miller at lynn.miller@scboces.org.

 

 

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Cover image of The Night DiaryThe Chicago Public Library offered their 66th annual Mock Newbery discussion on January 7, with 22 people voting. The final results were:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

For more information about this program, contact Shilo Jefferson at shalfen@chipublib.org.

 

 

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Cover image of SweepThe Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado read, nominated, and discussed throughout the year. Voting took place at the final meeting on January 6, with nine people voting. The final results were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis.

The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

For more information about this program, contact Carol Edwards at edwarc48@gmail.com.

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Cover image of The Truth as Told by Mason ButtleOn December 4, 2018, ten children’s and teen librarians from the Naperville Public Library in Naperville, Illinois gathered to discuss top books of 2018 from a shortlist of six titles. The winning title was:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle, written by Leslie Connor.

For more information about this program, contact Cory Ganbarg at cganbarg@naperville-lib.org.

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Cover image of Front DeskEighteen children and their parents at the Naperville Boulevard Library in Naperville, Illinois  discussed 2018 titles at monthly Book and Cookie Club meetings  They voted on their top picks at the final meeting of the year on December 18, 2018. The winners were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Front Desk by Kelly Yang.

Mock Newbery Honor Books:  Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.

For more information about this program, contact Cory Ganbarg at cganbarg@naperville-lib.org

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Cover of Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak SpanishOn December 7th, eleven people at The Post Oak School in Bellaire, Texas gathered for a Mock Newbery discussion and election. They selected the following titles:

Mock Newbery Winner:  Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Front Desk by Leslie Yang

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

For more information about this program, contact Cory Eckert.


Mock Coretta Scott King Author Results

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


Cover image of The Poet XThirty people at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio held a Mock Coretta Scott King discussion and election on December 13, 2018. The results were:

Mock CSK Author Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock CSK Author Honor Books: Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender.

Like Vanessa by Tami Charles.

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson.

 

 


Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Results

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


Cover image of So Tall WithinAbout 80 fourth grade students at the Northern Hills Elementary School in Onalaska, Wisconsin voted for the Mock Coretta Scott King illustrator award on February 1st. The winners they selected were:

Mock CSK Illustrator Award Winner: So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom, illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Gary D. Schmidt.

Mock CSK Honor Books:  5 O’Clock Band, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews.

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Sandra Neil.

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at brucr@onalaskaschools.com.

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Book cover of Game ChangersStudents at the Latin School in Chicago, Illinois read 5 outstanding CSK qualified books, reviewed the award criteria and voted. Game Changers: the Story of Venus and Serena Williams won with 40 of our 63 3rd graders choosing it!

Mock CSK Illustrator Award Winner: Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams, illustrated by James E. Ransome and written by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

For more information about this program, contact Sheri Snopek at ssnopek@latinschool.org.

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Cover image of So Tall WithinCuyahoga County Public Library hosted its first Coretta Scott King Illustrator Mock Awards discussion on January 4, 2019. There were 6 titles up for discussion and after each title was thoroughly discussed in relation to the awards criteria, the seven participants moved to voting. With just 1 ballot a consensus was reached with 5 out of 7 first place votes going to So Tall Within, illustrated by Daniel Minter. Attendees appreciated how well the style of the art fit the story and advanced the meaning of the written word. Two honor books were also selected. The winning titles were:

Mock CSK Illustrator Award Winner: So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom, illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Gary D. Schmidt.

Mock CSK Honor Books: Hip-Hop Lollipop, illustrated by Brian Pinkney and written by Susan Montanari.

What Do You Do With a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Chris Barton.

For more information about this program, contact Mary Schreiber at mschreiber@cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Cover image of My Hair is a GardenThirty people at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio held a Mock Coretta Scott King discussion and election on December 13, 2018. The results were:

Mock CSK Illustrator Award Winner: My Hair is a Garden illustrated and written by Cozbi A. Cabrera.

Mock CSK Honor Books: Grandma’s Purse illustrated and written by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

Let the Children March illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Monica Clark-Robinson.

Young, Gifted and Black illustrated by Andrea Pippins and written by Jamia Wilson.


Mock Geisel Results

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


In this family event at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 33 children, parents, librarians, and teachers voted. The program was held on January 27th and resulted in a tie for the winner.

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The winners selected were:

Mock Geisel Winners: The Itchy Book! written and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

See Zip Zap  written and illustrated by David Milgrim.

Mock Geisel Honor Books:I Lost My Tooth, written and illustrated by Mo Willems.

Square written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen.

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

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Cover image of Mr. Monkey Bakes a CakeThe first and second graders at Snow Horse Elementary in Kaysville, Utah spent months doing research for the Guessing Geisel Blog on what makes a great Early Reader. (They would like you to know that BABY MONKEY should have been eligible. But were pretty thrilled with Mr. Monkey as well.) The winners the 200 students selected were:

Mock Geisel Winner: Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake by Jeff Mack.

Mock Geisel Honor Book: My Toothbrush is Missing by Jan Thomas.

Book cover of Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake and My Toothbrush is Missing

For more information about this program, contact DaNae Leu at danaeleu@gmail.com.

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Cover image of I Lost My ToothApproximately 30 staff members at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon reviewed 12 titles during January and then did online voting for their Mock Geisel program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Geisel Winner: I Lost My Tooth, illustrated and written by Mo Willems.

Mock Geisel Honor Book: Pass the Ball, Mo, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks.

My Friends Make Me Happy, illustrated and written by Jan Thomas.

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

 

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Cover image of Fox is LateThe Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado read, nominated, and discussed throughout the year. Voting took place at the final meeting on January 6, with nine people voting. The final results were:

Mock Geisel Winner: Fox is Late, written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor.

Mock Geisel Honor Book: Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri.

For more information about this program, contact Carol Edwards at edwarc48@gmail.com.

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Cover image of The Itchy BookOn December 21, 2018, in Onalaska, WI, approximately 135 students at Northern Hills Elementary School participated in a Mock Geisel program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Geisel Winner: The Itchy Book! written by LeUyen Pham.

Mock Geisel Honor Books:  Bigger! Bigger! written by Leslie Patricelli.

My Friends Make Me Happy! written by Jan Thomas.

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at brucr@onalaskaschools.com

 


Mock Printz Results

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


Cover image of The Poet XThe Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA held a Mock Printz discussion and election on January 22nd with ten people participating. The books they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough.

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

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

 

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Cover image of The Poet XThirteen people participated in a Mock Printz program at the San José Public Library in San Jose, California. (They also made fake mock “prince” awards of other books published in 2018 that will be featured in a blog post going live on Feb 1st: https://www.sjpl.org/blog/ya-friday-mock-printz-prince-awards-2019.) The winners selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Aydeyemi.

For more information about this program, contact Megan Maloy at megan.maloy@sjlibrary.org.

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Cover image of Love Hate & Other FiltersThe Teen Leadership Corps members (6th-10 grade) of the West Regional Library in Cary, NC met every other week year round to discuss possible winners. In December, they discussed the titles in depth and and the nine participants picked the winners. The Mock Printz winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Fatal Throne by Candace Fleming, M. T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert.

For more information about this program, contact Jenn Hartley at jennifer.hartley@wakegov.com.

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Cover image of The Hazel WoodFifteen people participated in the Ramapo Catskill Library System Teen Librarians Mock Printz program in Middletown, New York on January 14th. The winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert.

Mock Printz Honor Books: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti.

For more information about this program, contact Joanna Goldfarb at jgoldfarb@rcls.org.

 

 

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Thirty-five people gathered for the Kansas City Metro Area Mock Printz in Kansas City, Missouri on January 16th. The winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough.

For more information about this program, contact Naphtali Faris at nfaris@mymcpl.org.

 

 

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Cover image of The Poet XOn January 18th, ten people gathered at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma, Ohio for a Mock Printz discussion and election. The winners selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

Sadie by Courtney Summers.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi.

For more information about this program, contact Rebecca Baldwin at rbaldwin@cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Cover image of Hey, KiddoIn an annual event held this year on January 16, and sponsored by Westchester Library System, Westchester Library Association, and Southern Westchester BOCES, sixteen people participated in a Mock Printz discussion and election. It is organized by the YA Book Buzz book club. (There were also discussions held on the same evening regarding the Newbery and Caldecott.) The winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Mock Printz Honor Books: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman.

Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge.

Mock Printz program hosted by YA Book Buzz
Mock Printz program organized by YA Book Buzz book club

For more information about this program, contact YA Book Buzz at yabookbuzz@wlsmail.org.

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Cover image of The Poet XOn January 17th, thirteen people attended a Mock Printz program sponsored by the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System in Goshen, New York. Participants were from 8 school districts. The winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

For more information about this program, contact Diana Wendell at diana.wendell@ouboces.org.

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Cover image of The Poet XA dozen people in the YALD (Young Adult Librarian Discussion Group) of suburban Chicago participated in a Mock Printz program on January 11th. The winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.

Sadie by Courtney Summers.

For more information about this program, contact Denise Hudec at dhudec@skokielibrary.info.

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Cover image of The Poet XOn January 11th, 50 people participated in a Mock Printz program hosted by the Bergen County Cooperative Library System in Bergen County, New Jersey. The winning titles they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan.

For more information about this program, contact Stacey Shapiro at stacey.shapiro@tenafly.bccls.org.

 

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Cover image of The Poet XOn January 8th, 11 people participated in a Mock Printz program hosted by the Sullivan County BOCES School Library System in Liberty, New York. The winners they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss.

Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough.

For more information about this program, contact Lynn Miller at lynn.miller@scboces.org.

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Cover image of Blood Water PainThe Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted a Mock Printz program on January 8, 2019. Thirty-six people participated. The winning titles they selected were:

Mock Printz Winner: Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos.

For more information about this program, contact Sarah Rust at sarah.rust@cincinnatilibrary.org.

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Cover image of The Poet XThe Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado read, nominated, and discussed throughout the year. The group is a mix of booksellers, public and school librarians and publishing people who love the different perspectives and enjoy the year long discussions as the list is built. Voting took place at the final meeting on January 6, with nine people voting. The final results were:

Mock Printz Winner: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Mock Printz Honor Books: Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough.

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman.

For more information about this program, contact Carol Edwards at edwarc48@gmail.com.

 


Mock Sibert Results


Cover image of Joan Procter, Dragon DoctorOn February 5, 2019, in Onalaska, WI, students at Northern Hills Elementary School participated in a Mock Sibert program. The winners they selected were:

Mock Sibert Winner: Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, by Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala,.

Mock Sibert Honor Books: Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story, written by Marc Tyler Nobleman and illustrated by Melissa Iwai.

Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army, written by Art Coulson and illustrated by Nick Hardcastle.

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at brucr@onalaskaschools.com

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Cover image of Thomas Paine and the Dangerous WordOn January 11, students at the Latin School in Chicago, Illinois read 5 outstanding nonfiction books, reviewed the award criteria and voted. Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word won with 26 of our 63 4th graders choosing it!

Mock Sibert Winner: Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word written by Sarah Jane Marsh and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham.

For more information about this program, contact Sheri Snopek at ssnopek@latinschool.org.

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Cover image of The Girl Who Drew ButterfliesSix staff members of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma, Ohio met on Friday evening, January 11, to discuss their Mock Sibert shortlist. From 6 excellent and diverse titles, we arrived at a clear consensus, with The Girl Who Drew Butterflies taking our Mock Sibert medal and honors going to Otis and Will and Pass Go and Collect $200.

Mock Sibert Winner: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman.

Mock Sibert Honor Books: Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record Setting Dive of the Bathysphere written by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Katherine Roy.

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Steven Salerno.

For more information, contact Kyra Nay at knay@cuyahogalibrary.org.

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Cover image of The Girl Who Drew ButterfliesThe Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado read, nominated, and discussed throughout the year. The group is a mix of booksellers, public and school librarians and publishing people who love the different perspectives and enjoy the year long discussions as the list is built. Voting took place at the final meeting on January 6, with nine people voting. The final results were:

Mock Sibert Winner: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman.

Mock Sibert Honor Books: Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hall.

Nothing Stopped Sophie, written by Cheryl Bardoe and illustrated by Barbara McClintock.

For more information about this program, contact Carol Edwards at edwarc48@gmail.com.


Mock Pura Belpré Results

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


Eighty students at the Northern Hills Elementary School in Onalaska, Wisconsin participated in a Mock Pura Belpré Author Election on January 25th. The winners selected were:

Mock Pura Belpré Winner: Dreamers, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Books: Turning Pages: My Life Story, written by Sonia Sotomayo and illustrated by Lulu Delacre

Imagine, written by Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrated by Lauren Castillo.

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at brucr@onalaskaschools.com.

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Cover image of Imagine!Eighty students at the Northern Hills Elementary School in Onalaska, Wisconsin participated in a Mock Pura Belpré Illustrator Election on January 25th. The winners selected were:

Mock Pura Belpré Winner: Imagine! illustrated and written by Raúl Colón.

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Books: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Turning Pages: My Life Story, illustrated by Lulu Delacre and written by Sonia Sotomayo.

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at brucr@onalaskaschools.com.

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Cover of Dreamers by Yuri MoralesThere were 27 librarians and library staff from all across the state of Oregon who gathered together to attend Oregon’s Fourth Annual Mock Pura Belpré Awards at the Estacada Public Library on December 8th. They were honored to have 2012 Pura Belpré Author Winner Guadalupe Garcia McCall present as our guest speaker.

The titles selected as winners were:

Mock Pura Belpré Winner: Dreamers, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales.

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Books: A Gift from Abuela, illustrated and written by Cecilia Ruiz.

Alma and How She Got Her Name, illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Mock Pura Belpré Awards at the Estacada Public Library
Mock Pura Belpré Awards at the Estacada Public Library

For more information about this program, contact Alice Perez Ververa.


Mock Batchelder Results

(For information about the Batchelder  Award, visit the (Mildred L.) Batchelder homepage.)


Cover image of Seven PablosThe Upper St. Clair Township Library in Upper St. Clair, PA offered a Mock Batchelder discussion and election on December 6, 2018.  Ten people participated and selected the following winners:

Mock Batchelder Winner: Seven Pablos, written by  Jorge Luján, illustrated by Chiara Carrer, and translated by Mara Lethem.

Mock Batchelder Honor Book: On the Other Side of the Garden, written by Jairo Buitragoand Elisa Amado, illustrated by Rafael Yockten.

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Cover image of My BeijingThe Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado read, nominated, and discussed throughout the year. Voting took place at the final meeting on January 6, with nine people voting. The final results were:

Mock Batchelder Winner:

My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder by Nie Jun, translated by Edward Guardin.

Mock Batchelder Honor Book: Up the Mountain Path written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc.

Participants in the CBE Mock Batchelder Book Discussion Group
The CBE Book Discussion Group

 

 

 

For more information about this program, contact Carol Edwards at edwarc48@gmail.com.

 

 

 


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