2022 Mock YMA Election Results

Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos, and other outstanding materials for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards – including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards – guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth.

As we approach the annual Youth Media Award (YMA) announcements to be held at the virtual 2022 LibLearnX, 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. (Because most Mock YMA Elections are held in December and January, keep checking back for more results.)

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The 2022 Youth Media Award (YMA) announcements will take place on Monday, January 24, 2022 starting at 8:00 am CT; here is the livestream link to the announcements.! Fans can follow 2022 results in real-time via the live webcast or follow hashtag #alayma. Seals can be purchased in advance to place them on 2022 award winning books, just visit the ALA Store!

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.

Results from 2016 mock elections , the 2017 mock elections, the 2018 mock elections, the 2019 mock elections, 2020 elections, and last year’s mock (2021) YMA elections are also available.


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Mock Caldecott Results

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


This was the fifth year the Children’s department at the Gail Borden Public Library in Egin, IL offered a Mock Caldecott program. This year 15 people participated. They selected one winning title and three Honor books:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Wishes, illustrated by Victo Ngai and written by Muon Thi Van

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Change Sings, illustrated by Loren Long and written by Amanda Gorman

Mel Fell, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

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


Thirteen people with Central Indiana IRA met virtually for a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. They selected one winning title and two Honor books:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Wishes, illustrated by Victo Ngai and written by Muon Thi Van

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Outside, Inside illustrated and written by LeUyen Pham

Survivor Tree, illustrated by Aaron Becker and written by Marcie Colleen

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


Eleven librarians came from several central Indiana libraries and met in person at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville, Indiana for a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. They selected one winning title and two Honor books:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Have You Ever Seen a Flower, illustrated and written by Shawn Harris

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Off-Limits, illustrated and written by Helen Yoon

Wonder Walkers, illustrated and written by Micha Archer

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


Eighteen students in grades 1 through 8 met monthly – virtually – for four months in a Mock Caldecott program sponsored by the Evanston Public Library in Evanston, Illinois. At the first three meetings, the participants discussed four books each month. Their top two choices went to a final Voting Party in January 2022 at which a total of six books were discussed by the children. They selected one winning title and two honor books:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

Cover image of Watercress

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Strollercoaster, illustrated by Raul the Third & Elaine Bay and written by Matt Ringler

Red, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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


Twenty-five people participated in a Mock Caldecott program hosted by Chicago Public Library in Chicago, IL They selected one winner and two honor books. The winners were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: The Me I Choose to Be, illustrated by Regis & Kahran Bethencourt and written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Everybody in the Red Brick Building, illustrated by Oge Mora and written by Anne Wynter

Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

For more information about this program, contact Liv A. Hanson at ehanson1@chipublib.org.


187 students at Harwich Elementary School in Harwich, MA, with the Brooks Free Library, participated in a Mock Caldecott program. They read 14 books: It Fell from the Sky, Rock from the Sky, Mel Fell, Inside Outside, Milo Imagines the World, Yes & No, Wonder Walkers, Is/Was, Everybody in the Red Brick Building, Stroller Coaster, Bright Star, Wishes, and Have You Ever Seen a Flower. After discussion, they used a weighted vote, but did not worry about the point spread to select their winners. hey selected one winner and two Honor titles:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Yes & No, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Rock From the Sky illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

It Fell From the Sky, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

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


The Portland Jewish Academy‘s Caldecott Club consists of third, fourth, and fifth graders who met weekly during their lunch and recess. The results of their final tally resulted in one winner and four honor titles being selected.

Mock Caldecott Winner: Outside, Inside illustrated and written by LeUyen Pham

Cover image of Outside Inside

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Mel Fell, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

The Rock from the Sky, illustratted and written by Jon Klassen

New in Town, illustrated and written by Kevin Cornell

Bear Island, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

For more information about this program, contact Molly Sloan at msloan@pjaproud.org.


Eight participants in the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group discussed and voted in a Mock Caldecott program. They selected one winner and three honor titles:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Wishes, illustrated by Victo Ngai and written by Muon Thi Van

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent, pictures by Kara Kramer and written by Matthew Burgess

Milo Imagines the World, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña

Soul Food Sunday, illustrated by C.G. Esperana and written by Winsome Bingham

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


Fifty people with the Oregon Library Association Children’s Services Division met via Zoom for two sessions in a statewide, virtual Mock Caldecott discussion and election. They selected one winning title and two honor books. The winning titles were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Wishes, illustrated by Victo Ngai and written by Muon ThiVan

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Mel Fell illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

For more information about this state-wide program, contact Molly Sloan at msloan@pjaproud.org.


Ninety-five 2nd graders at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff Manor, New York participated in a Mock Caldecott discussion and election. They selected one winning title and two honor books. (They also appreciated The Lost Package, illustrated by Jessica Lanan and written by Richard Ho; several students voted for this picture book to receive a Mock Honor award.) The winning titles were:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Mel Fell illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

Yes & No, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper

For more information, contact Tara Phethean at TPhethean@briarcliffschools.org.


Cuyahoga County Public Library hosted a live Mock Caldecott election. The live election took place via Zoom with 7 staff members participating. Voting took place after some great discussion. Points were tallied using the Caldecott manual for guidance. One winner and three honor books were selected:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Zonia’s Rain Forest, illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal

Strollercoaster, illustrated by Raul the Third & Elaine Bay and written by Matt Ringler

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


Cuyahoga County Public Library hosted an online Mock Caldecott election. The online election included 7 staff members and was done by vote only. Points were tallied using the Caldecott manual for guidance. One winner and three honor books were selected:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Milo Imagines the World, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Riot, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Zonia’s Rain Forest, illustrated and written by Juana Martinez-Neal

Mel Fell illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

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


Four people at the Lincolnwood Public Library in Lincolnwood, IL participated in a 2022 Mock Caldecott Election program. They selected a winning title and two honor books:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Mr. Watson’s Chickens illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi and written by Jarrett Dapier

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Strollercoaster, illustrated by Raul the Third & Elaine Bay and written by Matt Ringler

I Sang You Down from the Stars illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Tasha Spillett-Summer

For more information, please contact Eti Berland at eberland@lincolnwoodlibrary.org.


Twenty 4th grade students at the Lowrie Primary School in Ms. Aivazis’ class attended a Mock Caldecott program at Wilsonville Public Library in Wilsonville, Oregon. This was a 3-part Zoom workshop with the 4th grade class, culminating in discussion and voting. Voting was weighted (4 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, 2 points for 3rd place) but we didn’t worry about a point spread. Watercress had 45 points; Mel Fell had 41.

Mock Caldecott Winner: Watercress illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang

Cover image of Watercress

For more information, contact Deborah Gitlitz at gitlitz@wilsonvillelibrary.org.


Twenty 4th grade students at the Lowrie Primary School in Ms. Burrola’s class attended a Mock Caldecott program at Wilsonville Public Library in Wilsonville, Oregon. This was a 3-part Zoom workshop with the 4th grade class, culminating in discussion and voting.

This was a 3-part Zoom workshop with a 4th grade class, culminating in discussion and voting. Voting was weighted (4 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, 2 points for 3rd place) but we didn’t worry about a point spread. Mel Fell had 52 votes. Outside, Inside had 40.

Our discussion titles were: Bright Star; Have You Ever Seen a Flower?; Make Meatballs Sing; Mel Fell; Outside, Inside; Strollercoaster; and Watercress.

One title was selected as the winner and one title was chosen as an honor book:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Mel Fell illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Outside, Inside illustrated and written by LeUyen Pham

For more information, contact Deborah Gitlitz at gitlitz@wilsonvillelibrary.org.


Twenty 4th grade students at the Lowrie Primary School in Ms. Dolezol’s class attended a Mock Caldecott program at Wilsonville Public Library in Wilsonville, Oregon. This was a 3-part Zoom workshop with the 4th grade class, culminating in discussion and voting. One title was selected as the winner and one title was chosen as an honor book:

This was a 3-part Zoom workshop with a 4th grade class, culminating in discussion and voting. Voting was weighted (4 points for 1st place, 4 points for 2nd place, 2 points for 3rd place) but we didn’t worry about a point spread, so the race was quite close. Outside, Inside had 30points, the honors followed with 29, 26, and 26.)

The discussion titles were: Bright Star; Have You Ever Seen a Flower?; Make Meatballs Sing; Mel Fell; Outside, Inside; Strollercoaster; and Watercress.

One title was selected as the winner and three titles were chosen as honor books:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Outside, Inside written and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Cover image of Outside Inside

Mock Caldecott Honor Books: Watercress illustrated by Jason Chen and written by Andrea Wang

Strollercoaster, illustrated by Raul the Third & Elaine Bay and written by Matt Ringler

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? written and illustrated by Shawn Harris

For more information, contact Deborah Gitlitz at gitlitz@wilsonvillelibrary.org.


Twenty 4th grade students at the Lowrie Primary School in Ms. McConville’s class attended a Mock Caldecott program at Wilsonville Public Library in Wilsonville, Oregon. This was a 3-part Zoom workshop with the 4th grade class, culminating in discussion and voting. One title was selected as the winner and one title was chosen as an honor book:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Mel Fell illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Mock Caldecott Honor Book: Strollercoaster, illustrated by Raul the Third & Elaine Bay and written by Matt Ringler

For more information, contact Deborah Gitlitz at gitlitz@wilsonvillelibrary.org.


Sixteen people attended a Mock Caldecott program during a staff training day at Wilsonville Public Library in Wilsonville, Oregon. This Mock Caldecott was pretty early; it was held in October 2021. Titles discussed were: Mel Fell, The Lost Package, Outside, Inside, Watercress, Wonder Walkers, and Strollercoaster. One title was selected as the winner:

Mock Caldecott Winner: Mel Fell illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

For more information, contact Deborah Gitlitz at gitlitz@wilsonvillelibrary.org.


Mock Newbery Results

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


Four staff members from the Cuyahoga County Public Library participated in an online vote at the conclusion to a Mock Newbery program. The point spread was too narrow for the “real” committee; there was a difference of only 2 points between the winner and the Honor books. But for this vote the group went by total points using the weighted system in the manual. Fun was had by all! The winning titles selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Born Behind Bars, written by Padma Venkatramanb

Shape of Thunder written by Jasmine Warga

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


Eleven staff members from Cuyahoga County Public Library gathered after work on Zoom to discuss and ballot for a Newbery winner and Honor books. It took two ballots to reach a winner using the Newbery manual criteria. An Honor ballot was then completed by the participants. Fun was had by all! The winning titles selected were:

Mock Newbery Winner: Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The One Thing You’d Save, written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Robert Sae-Hang

Shape of Thunder written by Jasmine Warga

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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


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. This year’s discussions took place over Zoom. 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. On January 13, 2022, after reading and discussing 39 eligible books, eleven participating youth services school librarians selected one winner and five honor books. Here are their winners:

Mock Newbery Winner: Pony by R. J. Palacio

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin

The Lion of Mars by Jasmine Holm

The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga

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


Twenty-five people participated in a Mock Newbery discussion and election hosted by the Chicago Public Library in Chicago, IL. They selected one winner and two honor books:

Mock Newbery Winner: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Starfish written by Lisa Phipps

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukhoff

For more information about this program, contact Liv A. Hanson at ehanson1@chipublib.org.


Eight participants in the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group discussed and voted in a Mock Newbery program. They selected one winner and five honor titles:

Mock Newbery Winner: Root Magic by Eden Royce

Mock Newbery Honor Books: Amber & Clay Laura Amy Schlitz

Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuero

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

The Raconteur’s Commonplace Book by Kate Milford

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


Thirty-five students at Lincoln Hall Middle School in Lincolnwood, IL participated in a Mock Newbery program. The teacher reports that the kids had a great time and that they’re excited to see which books actually win. 

One title was selected as a winner and there were two honor books selected: 

Mock Newbery Winner: The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga 

Mock Newbery Honor Books: The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera 

Linked by Gordon Korman 

For more information, 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.)


A small but dedicated group of children’s literature lovers met virtually, braving technical difficulties and Zoom fatigue to discuss the year’s best books written and illustrated by African American creators. This Cincinnati Ohio area Mock CSK group held discussions both for the Author and Illustrator Award. These are the results of the CSK Illustrator discussion and voting.

One title was selected as a winner and one honor book was selected: 

Mock Coretta Scott King Winner: Dream Street, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Tricia Elam Walker

Mock Coretta Scott King Honor Book: We Wait for the Sun, illustrated by Raissa Figueroa, written by Dovey Johnson Roundtree & Katie McCabe

For more information, contact Sam Bloom at sibloom24@gmail.com


A small but dedicated group of children’s literature lovers met virtually, braving technical difficulties and Zoom fatigue to discuss the year’s best books written and illustrated by African American creators. This Cincinnati, Ohio area Mock CSK group held discussions both for the Author and Illustrator Award. These are the results of the CSK Author discussion and voting.

One title was selected as a winner and three honor books were selected: 

Mock Coretta Scott King Winner: Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

Mock Coretta Scott King Honor Books: Nubia: Real One, written by L.L. McKinney, illustrated by Robyn Smith

A Sitting in St. James, written by Rita Williams-Garcia

Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

For more information, contact Sam Bloom at sibloom24@gmail.com


Mock Geisel Results

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

Eight participants in the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group discussed and voted in a Mock Geisel program. They selected one winner and three honor titles:

Mock Geisel Winner: Fox at Night by Corey R. Tabor

Mock Geisel Honor Books: Moose, Goose and Mouse, written by Mordecai Gerstein, illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein and Jeff Mack

See the Dog: Three Stories About A Cat, written by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

Starla Jean, written by Elana Arnold, illustrated by A.N. Kang

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


Mock Printz Results

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


Eighteen SJLP staffmembers participated in a Mock Print discussion and election at the San Jose Public Library in San Jose, CA. (Read more about this program, the fun they had, and an announcement of their winner on their website at this link.) They selected one winning title and one Honor book:

Mock Printz Winner: In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

Mock Printz Honor Books: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

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


Austin Public Library staff, in Austin, Texas, participated in a Mock Printz committee. They met virtually throughout the year to select one Mock Printz Award title and two Mock Honor titles. The winners were:

Mock Printz Winner: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Mock Printz Honor Books: The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride

For more information about this program contact Heather Rowan at heather.rowan@austintexas.gov.


Eight participants in the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group discussed and voted in a Mock Printz program. They selected one winner and three honor titles:

Mock Printz Winner: A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

Mock Printz Honor Books: In the Wild Light written by Jeff Zentner

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

The Words in My Hands by Asphyxia

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


Mock Sibert Results

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


Eight participants in the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group discussed and voted in a Mock Sibert program. They selected one winner and two honor titles:

Mock Sibert Winner: Fallout: Spies, Bombs and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin

Mock Sibert Honor Books: Larger Than Life: Lyndon B. Johnson and the Right to Vote, written by Anne Quirk

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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


Twenty students at PS 174Q in Queens, NY participated in a Mock Sibert program, selecting one winning title:

Mock Sibert Winner: The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars, A Life of Edwin Hubble written by Isabelle Marinov and illustrated by Deborah Marcero

For more information, contact Galiah Morgenstern at galiahm3@gmail.com.


Mock Pura Belpré Results

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


Mock (Mildred L.) Batchelder Results

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


Eight participants in the Colorado Book Evaluation Discussion Group discussed and voted in a Mock Batchelder program. They arrived at an “unbreakable tie” and selected two winner and one honor title:

Mock Batchelder Winners:

Written and illustrated by Éléonore Douspis, translated by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood Publishers)
Written by Stephanie Boulay, illustrated by Agathe Bray-Bourret, translated by Charles Simard (Orca Books)

Mock Batchelder Honor Book: In the Meadow of Fantasies, written by Hadi Mohameddi, illustrated by Nooshin Safakhoo, translated by Sara Khalili (Elsewhere Editions)

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


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