2021 Mock YMA Election Results

Every year, as we approach the ALA Midwinter meetings and the annual Youth Media Award (YMA) announcements, libraries, schools, and book discussion groups around the globe offer Mock Election programs. These are a wonderful opportunity for children’s literature aficionados to learn more about some of the great, recently published books for kids. Below, you will find results from mock elections around the country. This page will be updated as results are received.

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The 2021 Youth Media Award (YMA) announcements will take place virtually on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at 8 a.m. CT as part of the American Library Associations Midwinter Meetings.  Fans can follow 2021 results in real-time via live webcast or follow hashtag #alayma.” Seals can also be purchased in advance to place them on 2021 award winning books, just visit the ALA Store!

Use these links to jump quickly to the results of the Mock Award in which you are most interested.

To add your mock election results to this page, please use this form. Please attach a copy of the ALSC Photo Release Waiver if you would like us to include images of participants. Submit your results by Sunday, January 24 to have them published on this page.

Results from 2016 mock elections , the 2017 mock elections, the 2018 mock elections, the 2019 mock elections and last year’s mock elections are also available.


Mock Caldecott Results

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


The Truro Public Library collaborated with Barbara Klipper (a 2015 Caldecott Committee member), Truro Cental School, Provincetown Public Library, and Provincetown Schools to share these wonderful picture books with as many people as possible. Seventy-six people participated in this Mock Caldecott election on January 16th.  

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: Lift illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê. 

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

Outside In illustrated by Cindy Derby and written by Deborah Underwood. 

Black is a Rainbow Color illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Angela Joy. 

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera illustrated by Eric Rohmann and written by Candace Fleming. 

The Old Truck, illustrated and written by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey. 

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


Ten members of the CBE Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado met on January 17th to evaluate titles in a Mock Caldecott discussion. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: Prairie Days, illustrated by Micha Archer and written by Patricia MacLachlan. 

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball, illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Jen Bryant. 

We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

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


Six people at the Glen Ellyn Public Library in Glen Ellyn, Illinois participated in a Mock Caldecott discussion and election on January 15th. This year, they adapted to maintain Covid procedures. They met virtually and each had individual copies of each book rather than sharing one copy. 

The titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

Cover image of The Water Protectors

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  All Because You Matter illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Tami Charles. 

The Old Truck, illustrated and written by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey. 

Packs: Strength in Numbers, illustrated and written by Hannah Salyer. 

For more information, contact Catherine Almendinger at calmendinger@gepl.org


On January 12th, twenty people participated in a Mock Caldecott program at Northern Hills Elementary at in Onalaska, Wisconsin. 

The titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera illustrated by Eric Rohmann and written by Candace Fleming. 

Cover image of Honeybee by Candace Fleming

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:  Lift illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê. 

We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald. 

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


On January 12th, twenty-five intrepid children’s librarians and library associates from the Chicago Public Library In Chicago, IL zoomed in for CPL’s first ever virtual Mock Caldecott discussion and election.  

The titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

Cover image of The Water Protectors

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Me and Mama illustrated and written by Cozbi Cabrera. 

I Am Every Good Thing illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Derrick Barnes. 

For more information, contact Liv Hanson at ehanson1@chipublib.org


On January 1, 2021, the Carrier family in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. The Carrier family has a New Years Day tradition of having their own mock Caldecott and this is the sixth annual program. The four participants range in age from 6 to 42. There was a tie for We Are Water Protectors and A Thousand Glass Flowers, which resulted in a sudden death review of every page of both books. A fiery debate that used terms such as “this page is my favorite” and “the delineation of a theme is stronger in We Are Water Protectors with its sense of flowing water present throughout.” It’s a pretty fun tradition! 

The titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom. 

Cover image of The Water Protectors

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: A Thousand Glass Flowers illustrated and written by Evan Turk.

Swashby and the Sea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal and written by Beth Ferry.

Paper Kingdom illustrated by Pascal Campion and written by Helena Ku Rhee.

In a Jar illustrated and written by Deborah Marcero. 

For more information about this family tradition, contact Sarah Carrier at sarah.carrier@cincinnatilibrary.org.  


On January 8th, the San Jose Public Library in San Jose, CA hosted a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. The titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Old Truck, illustrated and written by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey. 

Cover image of The Old Truck, San Jose Public Library Mock Caldecott winner

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Packs: Strength in Numbers, illustrated and written by Hannah Salyer. 

Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald.

The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents, illustrated by Adam Rex and written by Kate Messner. 

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


Eighteen staff members from multiple departments at the Highlands Ranch Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado participated in a Mock Caldecott Election. All staff were invited to suggest titles for the longlists in November. The “primaries” in December determined the contenders on our final January shortlist ballots. The titles selected were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom.

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: I Am Every Good Thing illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Derrick Barnes.

In a Jar illustrated and written by Deborah Marcero.

When I Draw a Panda illustrated and written by Amy June Bates.

For more information, contact Jessica Fredrickson at jfredrickson@dclibraries.org.

Cover image of The Water Protectors

Mock election ballot boxes at the Highlands Ranch Library
Ballot boxes (and candy)

Mock Newbery Results

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


Ten members of the CBE Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado met on January 17th to evaluate titles in a Mock Newbery discussion. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Newbery Winner: The List of Things Which Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead. 

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri. 

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. 

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


Each fall, Rhode Island librarians begin meeting to select a “mock” version of the Newbery Award in a program coordinated by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. The group met three times to nominate and discuss potential winners before developing a final list of books to be considered at the January voting meeting.

Discussions took place over Zoom and participants used the RI Mock Newbery Goodreads group to critique nominated books between meetings. On January 14, after discussing 30 eligible books, a group of 13 children’s and school librarians selected the following titles: 

Mock Newbery Winner: Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. 

Mock Newbery Honor Books:  Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker. 

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat 

For more information, contact Danielle Margarida at danielle.margarida@olis.ri.gov


On January 12th, twenty-five intrepid children’s librarians and library associates from the Chicago Public Library In Chicago, IL zoomed in for CPL’s first ever virtual Mock Newbery discussion and election.  

The titles selected were: 

Mock Newbery Winner: When Stars are Scattered, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. 

Cover image of When Stars Are Scattered

Mock Newbery Honor Books: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar.

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte. 

For more information, contact Liv Hanson at ehanson1@chipublib.org


On January 11th, ten people from the Sacramento Public Library in Sacramento, CA participated in a Mock Newbery discussion and election. They found that shifting to virtual allowed a lot more people to attend this year! They used Jamboard for online balloting and are happy to report that it worked flawlessly. The titles selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar. 

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. 

Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome. 

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. 

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


Eighteen staff members from multiple departments at the Highlands Ranch Library in Highlands Ranch, Colorado participated in a Mock Newbery Election. All staff were invited to suggest titles for the longlists in November. The “primaries” in December determined the contenders on our final January shortlist ballots. The titles selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: When Stars are Scattered, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone.

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks.

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead.

Mock Newbery Ballot Boxes
Ballot boxes (and candy)

For more information, contact Jessica Fredrickson at jfredrickson@dclibraries.org.


On December 17th, thirty 7th and 8th graders from Lincoln Hall in Lincolnwood, Illinois had fun discussing a variety of books published in 2020.

The winners they selected were:

Cover image of Fighting Words

Mock Newbery Winner: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Wink by Rob Harrell.

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

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

Mock Coretta Scott King Results

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


Twenty third grader students at Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska, WI participated in a Mock Coretta Scott King program on January 15th.  

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock CSK Winner: Bedtime for Sweet Creatures illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon and written by Nikki Grimes. 

Mock CSK Honor Books: Just Like Me illustrated and written by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. 

You Matter illustrated and written by Christian Robinson.  

Black is a Rainbow Color illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Angela Joy. 

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


Mock Geisel Results

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


Ten members of the CBE Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado met on January 17th to evaluate titles in a Mock Geisel discussion. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Up on Bob by Mary Sullivan.

Mock Geisel Honor Book: Fox Versus Winter by Corey R. Tabor. 

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


On January 11th, thirty-five people participated in a Mock Geisel program at Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska, Wisconsin. 

The titles selected were: 

Mock Geisel Winner: Sun Flower Lion by Kevin Henkes. 

Mock Geisel Honor Books:  Swim, Mo, Swim! Written by David Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks. 

The Old Truck, written and illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey. 

Astrid & Apollo and the Happy New Year written by V.T. Bidania and illustrated by Dara Lashia Lee. 

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

Mock Printz Results

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


Ten members of the CBE Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado met on January 17th to evaluate titles in a Mock Printz discussion. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Printz Winner: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. 

Mock Printz Honor Books: Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay. 

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian. 

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


A small group of educators, librarians, and parents in Oakland, California have been meeting and discussing youth literature for well over a decade. To prepare for the 2021 Mock Printz election, this group of 8 met twice monthly via Zoom, and read over 30 titles.  

The winning titles selected on January 14th were: 

Mock Printz Winner: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee. 

Mock  Printz Honor Books:  Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown. 

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. 

They Went Left by Monica Hesse. 

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez. 

For more information, contact Angela Moffett at acmoffett@gmail.com

Mock Sibert Results

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


Ten members of the CBE Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado met on January 17th to evaluate titles in a Mock Sibert discussion. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Sibert Winner: Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann. 

Cover image of Honeybee by Candace Fleming

Mock Sibert Honor Books: How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure by John Rocco. 

Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery by Meeg Pincus, illustrated by Yas Imamura. 

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


Forty fifth graders from Northern Hills Elementary in Onalaska, WI participated in a Mock Sibert program on January 15th.  

The titles selected were: 

Mock Sibert Winner: Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann. 

Honeybee The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera book cover

Mock Sibert Honor Books:  All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Nabi H. Ali. 

How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi and illustrated by Yao Xiao. 

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

Mock Pura Belpré Results

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


On January 13th, thirty-five people participated in a Mock Pura Belpré program at Northern Hills Elementary  in Onalaska, Wisconsin. They looked at both writing and at illustration, so some of the honors would go to the illustrators and some would go to the authors. 

The titles selected were: 

Mock Pura Belpré Winner: ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! written and illustrated by Raúl the Third. 

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Books:  A Journey Toward Hope written by Victor Hinojosa & Coert Voorhees, illustrated by Susan Guevara. 

Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away written by Meg Medina and illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. 

Federico and the Wolf written by Rebecca J. Gomez and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. 

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

Mock (Mildred L.) Batchelder Results

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


Ten members of the CBE Discussion Group in Denver, Colorado met on January 10th to evaluate titles in a Mock Batchelder discussion. The winning publisher of this Mock program is Gecko Press for All the Dear Little Animals. The publisher selected for a Mock Honor is Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers for Letters from Bear.

The winning titles selected were:

Mock Batchelder Winner: All the Dear Little Animals translatedby Julia Marshall, written by Ulf Nillson, and illustrated by Eva Eriksson. 

Cover image of All the Dear Little Animals

Mock Batchelder Honor Books: Letters from Bear translated by Sarah Ardizzone, written by Gauthier David, and illustrated by Marie Cauldry. 

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


Seventeen people participated in a Mock Batchelder program via Twitter. This award is for translation and is awarded to the publisher. The winning publisher of this Mock program is Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers for Letters from Bear. Publishers selected for Mock Honor awards are NYUPress for Honey on the Page, Levine Querido for Little Fox, and Enchanted Lion for Every Color of Light. This Mock Batchelder utilized the hashtags #mockbatchelder and #batchelderis4translations. 

The titles selected were: 

Mock Batchelder Winner: Letters from Bear translated by Sarah Ardizzone, written by Gauthier David, and illustrated by Marie Caudry. 

Mock Batchelder Honor Books:  Every Color of Light: A Book About the Sky translated by David Boyd, written by Hiroshi Osada, illustrated by Ryōji Arai. 

Honey on the Page – A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature edited and translated by Miriam Udel. 

Little Fox translated by David Colmer, written by Edward van de Vendel, and illustrated by Maije Tolman. 

For more information, contact Paula Holmes at Qsprite13@gmail.com


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