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!


UPDATE: On January 25, 2021 the American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits taking place virtually from Chicago.

The complete list of 2021 Youth Media Award Winners can be found here.


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.)


On January 22nd, 2021 the Reinberger Children’s Library Center, the home of the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art at Kent State University’s School of Information, brought together 24 participants for their Seventh Annual Mock Caldecott. 

Taking this workshop to a virtual space this year was an exciting adventure. Participants joined in from all over the United States and included current and prospective MLIS students, Kent State alumni, information professionals in numerous disciplines, and six of the iSchool’s faculty. This year, participants had the unique and unforgettable opportunity to engage in this selection process with Dr. Christina Dorr, a member of the 2020 Caldecott Medal Selection Committee. 

After two and a half hours, lively discussion, two ballots, and of course a few re-readings of the Caldecott criteria, our participants were overwhelmingly pleased with their selection.  

The above summary was written by Kayla Hlad, a current M.L.I.S. student at Kent State University and a very grateful participant of the Reinberger Children’s Library Center’s 7th Annual Mock Caldecott.  

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

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

Lift illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.   

Nesting illustrated and written by Henry Cole. 

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


On January 22nd, twenty-five people attended a Mock Caldecott program at Wood County Public Library in Bowling Green Ohio.  

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

A Polar Bear in the Snow illustrated by Shawn Harris and written by Mac Barnett. 

Nesting illustrated and written by Henry Cole. 

If You Come to Earth, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. 

For more information, contact Maria Simon at mariasimon@wcdpl.org


On January 22nd, sixteen librarians and picture book enthusiasts attended a half-day workshop at the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton, Indiana. The pandemic required changes to the usual procedures, but it was still a fun afternoon! 

The winning titles were:  

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

Cover image of Swashby and the Sea

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Outside In illustrated by Cindy Derby and written by Deborah Underwood. 

A Polar Bear in the Snow illustrated by Shawn Harris and written by Mac Barnett. 

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


On January 21st, eleven school media specialists, teachers & public librarians from central and northern Indiana met virtually to discuss and vote on 20 titles in a Mock Caldecott program. The session was hosted by Susan Dailey. The honor books are listed in alphabetical order by title. 

The winning titles 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: Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald. 

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

If You Come to Earth, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. 

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

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

 


On January 23rd, fifteen people participated in a Mock Caldecott program at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Ohio. This is their 48th annual Mock Caldecott election; this year it was held virtually. 

The winning titles 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: Prairie Days, illustrated by Micha Archer and written by Patricia MacLachlan. 

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

For more information, contact Mary Rava Miller at maryrava.miller@toledolibrary.org


On January 19th, twenty people participated in a Mock Caldecott program at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois.  Beginning with a “short list” of 41 titles, they ended up with one clear winner. Four other titles were so close in votes that each of them was named an honor title. 

The winning titles were:  

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

Cover image of Lift

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

My Best Friend illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Julie Fogliano. 

Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell. 

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

For more information, contact Katie Clausen at kclausen@gborden.info


On January 21st, students in Mr. Wright’s 3rd grade class at Kensico School in Valhalla, NY participated in a Mock Caldecott program.  They also included My Best Friend illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Julie Fogliano, but noticed only today that Ms. Tamai was born and currently lives in Canada. They decided to keep her book on their list as an “international honorable mention.” This is the 22nd Mock Caldecott Mr. Wright has done with his students. 

The winning titles were:  

Mock Caldecott Winner: A Polar Bear in the Snow illustrated by Shawn Harris and written by Mac Barnett. 

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: The Barnabus Project illustrated and written by the Fan Brothers: Terry Fan, Eric Fan, and Devin Fan. 

Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald. 

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

Lift illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê.  

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

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


On January 21st, a group of 9 people participated in a Mock Caldecott program at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA. 

The winning titles were:  

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

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

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

A Polar Bear in the Snow illustrated by Shawn Harris and written by Mac Barnett. 

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


On January 19th, Matt Anderson, Education Director at the North Dakota Museum of Art, and Aaron Stefanich, Children’s Librarian at the Grand Forks Public Library, inspected a variety of Mock Caldecott contenders and selected a winner and honor books. 

The winning titles were:  

Mock Caldecott Winner: If You Come to Earth, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. 

Cover image of If You Come to Earth

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Outside In illustrated by Cindy Derby and written by Deborah Underwood. 

Lift illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Minh Lê. 

In a Jar illustrated and written by Deborah Marcero. 


Sixty one people at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, NY participated in a Mock Caldecott program on January 7th

The winning titles 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 A. Cabrera. 

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

Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald. 


The Children’s and Teen departments at the Jacksonville Public Library Main Library held their first Mock Caldecott program on January 21. They started with over 40 titles and had a wonderful time sharing and discussing these books over the past few months and are already looking forward to next year! 

The winning titles were: 

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

Cover image of Lift

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:   The Blue House illustrated and written by Phoebe Wahl. 

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

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

For more information, contact Joanna Nigrelli at jnigrelli@coj.net


Twenty people at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library in Evansville, Indiana participated in a Mock Caldecott Election program on January 21st.  

The winning titles were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Blue House illustrated and written by Phoebe Wahl. 

Cover image of The Blue House

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: We Will Live in This Forest Again illustrated and written by Gianna Marino. 

A Polar Bear in the Snow illustrated by Shawn Harris and written by Mac Barnett. 

For more information, contact Cheryl Soper at cheryls@evpl.org


On January 19, fifteen librarians from central and northern Indiana met virtually to discuss and vote on 20 titles. The honor books are listed in alphabetical order by title. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Blue House illustrated and written by Phoebe Wahl. 

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

If You Come to Earth, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. 

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

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


On January 18, eleven librarians from central and northern Indiana met virtually to discuss and vote on 20 titles. This was the first of three virtual workshops hosted by Susan Dailey of the Wells County Public Library. The honor books are in alphabetical order by title. 

The winning 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: Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald. 

If You Come to Earth, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall. 

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

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


On December 15, 2020, in a program hosted by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, eighteen librarians and staff representing public libraries around Suffolk County, NY joined together in a Zoom call for their first ever virtual Mock Caldecott. Their long list was chosen from recommendations made by staff members in the fall, and had to be both physically and digitally available in their libraries’ collections so all could participate. They used Google Forms to vote which, they report, went quite smoothly. 

The winning titles selected were: 

Mock Caldecott Winner: My Best Friend illustrated by Jillian Tamaki and written by Julie Fogliano. 

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

In a Jar illustrated and written by Deborah Marcero. 

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

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


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.)


On January 23rd, twenty people participated in a Mock Newbery program at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Following safety guidelines, this year’s program – an annual tradition – was held virtually. 

The winning titles were:  

Mock Newbery Winner:  Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Cover image of Fighting Words

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman.  

When Stars are Scattered, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. 

For more information, contact Angie Fetters-Nitza at afetters@acpl.info 


On January 23rd, seven Wasatch Readers participated in a Mock Newbery program in Utah.  The winning titles were:  

Mock Newbery Winner: All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat.

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

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman. 

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

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


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On January 21st, seven middle school students participated in a Mock Newbery program at Liberty Middle School in Liberty, Missouri. These students had been reading possible titles since Spring of 2020! 

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

Cover image of The List of Things That Will Not Change

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

When Stars are Scattered, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. 

For more information, contact Charlene Burns at charlene.burns@lps53.org


The Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA hosted a Mock Newbery program on January 19th.  

The winning titles 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:  Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri. 

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen. 

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


The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California hosted virtual Mock Newbery discussions this year in lieu of our usual in-person gathering. These results are from one of the four groups and consisted of nine members. 

The winning titles were:  

Mock Newbery Winner: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Cover image of Fighting Words

Mock Newbery Honor Books:  Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. 

When Stars are Scattered, written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. 

For more information, contact Penny Peck at pikly@aol.com


The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California hosted virtual Mock Newbery discussions this year in lieu of our usual in-person gathering. These results are from one of the four groups and consisted of ten members. 

The winning titles 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:  Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. 

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar. 

We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly. 

For more information, contact Lesley Mandros Bell at lmandrosbell@earthlink.net


Forty-nine people at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, NY participated in a Mock Newbery program on January 14th

The winning titles were:  

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

Cover image of Everything Sad is Untrue

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

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte. 


The members – 4th grade and up – of the Ossining Public Library Mock Newbery Club in Ossining, NY met monthly on Zoom during the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. They read and discussed about 20 books before choosing the final six. After much discussion, they voted for the medal winner and two honor books. 

The winning titles 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: The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman. 

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.    

For more information, contact Debra Fletcher at dfletcher@wlsmail.org


This Mock Newbery was conducted over Zoom and was open to grades 3 – 6 at the Eastchester Public Library in Eastchester, NY. The students read a total of eight middle grade books – two fantasy, two realistic, two historical, and two graphic novels – between September and January. Most were titles that had been receiving Newbery “buzz” on blogs like SLJ’s Heavy Medal. Participants were asked to read a book for each meeting, and the group would generally meet every other week. They’d discuss the book, along with its “Newbery worthiness,” with an eye on the traits of character, plot, setting, and style. 

On January 20th, the group decided which four were their favorite titles through a series of votes. The coordinator expressed amazement at the ability of this group – most of whom were in 4th or 5th grade – to understand the difference between a book that is Newbery worthy and one that is simply fun to read! 

The winning 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: From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. 

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan. 

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte. 

For more information, contact Jonathan Heifetz at jheifetz@wismail.org


What was usually one group that meets in Oakland, California for the annual Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California Mock Newbery discussion and election, was this year split into four groups via Zoom due to the pandemic. These are the results from one of the groups consisting of 8 members. 

The winning titles selected were: 

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

Cover image of King and the Dragonflies

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

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.   

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson. 

For more information, contact Tony Carmack at tcarmack@placer.ca.gov


The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California in Oakland, California hosted a wonderful virtual mock Newbery discussion, which were split into four groups due to the pandemic. These are the results from one of the groups consisting of 9 members. 

The winning titles selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

Cover image of Fighting Words

Mock Newbery Winner: Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 

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

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar. 

For more information, contact Sarah Stone at sarah.stone@sfpl.org


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 That 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.)


On January 19th, a group of 14 people participated in a Mock Printz program at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA. 

The winning titles were:  

Mock Printz Winner: We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez. 

Cover image of We Are Not From Here

Mock Printz Honor Books: The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming. 

They Went Left by Monica Hesse. 

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam. 

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


Twenty-one people at the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, NY participated in a Mock Printz program on January 11th

The winning titles were: 

Mock Printz Winner: The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed. 

Cover image of The Black Kids

Mock Printz Honor Books:  Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. 

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry. 


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

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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

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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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