2023 Mock YMA Election Results Page

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 2023 LibLearnX, libraries, schools, and book discussion groups around the globe offer Mock Election programs.

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Mock YMA Election programs 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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Mock Caldecott Results

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


This book discussion group at the Eldredge Public Library is celebrating its 5th year, with several of its “charter” members still active. We are a a group of adults who meet monthly to discuss the featured titles using the award criteria for selection, discussion, and balloting. This year, the group of thirteen people read 49 titles for the Mock Caldecott. One Medal and four Honor books were selected.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

The Legend of Gravity, illustrated and written by Charlie Palmer

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright, illustrated by Jason Griffin and written by Jason Reynolds

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Hot Dog, illustrated and written by Doug Salati

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual, illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Carole Boston Weatherford

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


Stephanie Saggione met with 28 students in a first grade class at ASPIRA Academy in Newark, DE a few times a week from November to January. They read 18 new books and evaluated them against the Caldecott criteria. On the last day, they voted until they came up with a clear winner and three Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Farmhouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky, illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

Love in the Library, illustrated by Yas Imamura and written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

For more information about this program, contact Stephanie Saggione at stephanie.saggione@laaa.k12.de.us.


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Twenty well-reviewed picture books from 2022 were on display in the opportunity space at the Wilmington Stroop Branch of the Dayton Metro Library in Kettering, Ohio. Patrons were able to look through them all and vote for their top 3 choices. There were also water color and pastel art supplies available to make their own Caldecott worthy art! Fifty-three people participated and selected one winner and three Honor Books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

The Wishing Balloons illustrated and written by Jonathan D. Voss

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Hot Dog illustrated and written by Doug Salati

Gibberish illustrated and written by Young Vo

Endlessly Ever After, illustrated by Dan Santat and written by Laurel Snyder

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


The Colorado Book Discussion Group is a group of mostly librarians and some publishing folks in Denver, Colorado who meet throughout the year to discuss books. The seven members vote for winners in January.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Love in the Library illustrated by Yas Imamura and written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Farmhouse illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

Witch Hazel illustrated and written by Molly Idle

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


Most of the participants in the Mock Caldecott event were staffmembers with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Youth Experience Service, however, we had several additional guests who share an interest in children’s literature. Throughout the year, the Youth and Teen Collections Librarian, Jessica Beal, compiled a list of the starred reviewed titles. On the day of the event, the voting process began with fifty-five picture books that were selected by starred reviews and additional titles that were recommended on reputable blogs and websites. After four voting rounds, the 23 participants selected a Mock winner and 4 Mock Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

The Flamingo: The Graphic Novel illustrated and written by Guojing

Isla to Island illustrated and written by Alexis Castellanos

Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

For more information about this program, contact Jessica Beal at jessicab@evpl.org.


Ten teachers and school librarians met at Monon Trail Elementary School in Westfield, Indiana for a half-day workshop where 35 titles were examined and discussed. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and three Honor Books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Hot Dog, illustrated and written by Doug Salati

Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

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

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


Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, IN hosted an all-day Mock Caldecott program attended by 35 librarians from central Indiana. They examined approximately 70 titles during the morning and voted on their top 10 choices. Then the list of contenders was reduced to 34 titles and the participants voted a second time for their top 5 choices in preferential order. The votes were weighted and a list of 5 finalists resulted. After discussion, the group selected a Mock Caldecott winner and two Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

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


The Mock Awards consisted of BCCLS library staff in Northern New Jersey. The BCCLS Youth Services Committee put forward nominations and 35 attendees voted at the event.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Gibberish illustrated and written by Young Vo

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Blue: a History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky, illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

Berry Song, by illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Witch Hazel, illustrated and written by Molly Idle

A is for Bee, by Ellen Heck

How to Eat a Book, illustrated by Darrin MacLeod and written by Kelly MacLeod


The San Jose Public Library staff held their 6th annual Mock Caldecott discussion on January 19, 2023, socially distanced via Zoom. Twenty staffmembers read various pre-selected titles and discussed which book or books could take home this year’s award based on the award’s criteria. After some thoughtful and lovely discussion, the SJPL staff voted for a winner and three honor titles. See more about our meeting and the results of our vote here: https://www.sjpl.org/blog/sjpl-mock-caldecott-2023

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Knight Owl, illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

Witch Hazel, illustrated and written by Molly Idle

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


The ALSC Membership Committee held a Mock Caldecott discussion as part of our virtual gathering on January 19th. Three panelists–two former Caldecott committee members themselves–and approximately 16 other ALSC members or prospectives discussed six pre-selected titles, and then took part in a ranked voting system to simulate the real process. The following were our results: 

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Choosing Brave, illustrated by Janelle Washington and written by Angela Joy

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Farmhouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

The World Belonged to Us, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, written by Jacqueline Woodson.

For more information about this virtual program, contact Aryssa Damron at aryssa.damron@gmail.com.


This fall, Rhode Island librarians 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 17 a group of 6 children’s and school librarians selected the following winner and honor books after reading and discussing 33 eligible books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Lizzy and the Cloud, illustrated and written by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Mushroom Rain, illustrated by Jamie Green and written by Laura K. Zimmermann

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


Mock Caldecott participants Julie Anne Robbins, Carrie Rzeppa & Katie
Clausen (used with permission)

Twenty staffmembers from our Gail Borden Public Library Kidspace Department met once to learn about the Caldecott Award and picture book evaluation. Everyone then had a month to critically examine a list of 25 titles. During our January department meeting, staff advocated for titles and discussed together, then voted, selecting one Caldecott winner and two Caldecott Honor Books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade
Farmhouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

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


Eight titles were nominated for Chicago Public Library’s Mock Caldecott in December 2022. Twenty-five librarians and staff independently read and reviewed these titles before meeting online for a final two-hour discussion and vote. One winner and two Honor Books were selected:

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Choosing Brave illustrated by Janelle Washington, text by Angela Joy

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Every Dog in the Neighborhood illustrated by Matthew Cordell, written by Philip Stead

The World Belonged to Us illustrated by Leo Espinosa, written by Jacqueline Woodson

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


Five Cuyahoga County Public Library staff members attended the discussion at Panera Bread and after 3 rounds of balloting a clear winner emerged following the Caldecott manual guidelines; three Honor Books were also chosen.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Witch Hazel illustrated and written by Molly Idle

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright, art by Jason Griffin, text by Jason Reynolds

Farmhouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

A Spoonful of Frogs, illustrated by Vera Brosgol, text by Casey Lyall

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


Five Cuyahoga County Public Library staff members in Parma, Ohio used the online ballot to rank their votes. While the ballot was ranked and weighted per the Caldecott manual, none of the titles got the required (in our case) 3 first place votes. So, the winner and honor titles were based solely on points.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Choosing Brave illustrated by Janelle Washington, text by Angela Joy

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright, art by Jason Griffin, text by Jason Reynolds

Farmhouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

Standing in the Need of Prayer, illustrated by Frank Morrison, text by Carole Boston Weatherford

Witch Hazel, illustrated and written by Molly Idle

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


Beginning on November 11, the staff members of the Wakarusa Public Library in Wakarusa, IN examined eligible picture books during one portion of their staff in-service day. Each staff member then nominated 1 title for the ballot. Over 2 rounds of voting, the winning title and honor books were chosen. This is the fourth year that the staff has held a Mock Caldecott program. One winning title and two Honor Books were selected.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Farmhouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Knight Owl illustrated and written by Christopher Denise

Sal Boat by Thyra Heder

For more information about this program, contact Matthew Bowers at mbowers@wakarusa.lib.in.us.


Adult class members from ALSC’s Summer of 2022 Art of Picture Books course extended their virtual study by doing a Mock Caldecott. We met twice before doing our final deliberations. Not all participants were able to make it to the final day of deliberations and voting. One winning title and three Honor Books were selected.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Farmhouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Gibberish, illustrated and written by Young Vo

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual, illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

For more information about this program, contact Danielle Jones at jones.danielle.jones@gmail.com.


Mock Newbery Results

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


All 35 participants were BCCLS library staff in Northern New Jersey. The nominees were chosen by sub-committees within our Youth Services Committee and everyone voted on the winner at the event.

Mock Newbery Winner:

How to Build a Human In Seven Evolutionary Steps by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by John Gurche

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Last Mapmaker, written by Christina Soontornvat

Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Iveliz Explains It All, written by Andrea Beatriz Arango

Aviva Vs. the Dybbuk, written by Mari Lowe

Attack of the Black Rectangles, written by Amy Sarig King


The Colorado Book Discussion Group is a group of mostly librarians and some publishing folks in Denver, Colorado who meet throughout the year to discuss books. The seven members vote for winners in January.

Mock Newbery Winner:

Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Last Mapmaker by Christine Soontornvat

The Patron Thief of Bread by Lindsay Eager

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


This book discussion group at the Eldredge Public Library is celebrating its 10th year, with several of its “charter” members still active. We are a a group of tweens, teens and adults who meet monthly to discuss the featured titles using the award criteria for selection, discussion, and balloting. This year, the group read 26 titles for the Mock Newbery. One Newbery winner and three Honor Books were selected.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Freewater, written by Amina Luqman-Dawson

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance, written by Lisa Yee

Black Bird, Blue Road, written by Sofiya Pasternack

For more information about this program, contact Tamara DePasquale at tdepasquale@clamsnet.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. The group meets three times to nominate and discuss potential winners before developing a final list of books to be considered at the January voting meeting. This year participants read and discussed 41 eligible books.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin

Blackbird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

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


While the weather didn’t cooperate for an in person meeting, the virtual discussion proved fruitful. Seven Cuyahoga Public Library staff members came together on Zoom to discuss our 6 contenders. After 2 rounds of balloting we had a winner and 2 clear honor books.

Mock Newbery Winner:

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Falling Short, by Ernesto Cisneros

Violet and Jobie in the Wild, by Lynne Rae Perkins

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


We held a Mock Newbery training for Librarians within our library system (Hartford County Public Library) and discussed 6 titles which we deemed Newbery contenders. Fourteen people participated. This was our first Mock Newbery but hope to continue next year and expand by offering a Mock Caldecott training as well.

Mock Newbery Winner:

Because of You, John Lewis: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Berry Song by Michaela Goade

Cornbread & Poppy by Matthew Cordell

For more information about this program, contact Bethany Vangrin at vangrin@hcplonline.org.


Eight titles were nominated for consideration for Chicago Public Library’s Mock Newbery in December 2022. Twenty Librarians and staff independently read and reviewed these titles before meeting online for a final two-hour group discussion and vote. They selected one winner and two Honor Book:

Mock Newbery Winner:

Three Strike Summer by Skyler Schrempp

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance written by Lisa Yee
Tumble written by Celia Perez

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

Mock Coretta Scott King Results


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

Denver Public Library hosted a virtual Coretta Scott King illustrator mock for staff. Team leads read, discussed and created a short list of 6 titles. The short list was shared with colleagues a month before the event. Twelve people participated and selected one Mock winner and two Mock Honor books.

Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:

Hold Them Close: A Love Letter to Black Children, illustrated by Patrick Dougher and Jamel Shabazz and written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow.

Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books:

Swim Team, illustrated and written by Johnnie Christmas

Maya’s Song, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Renée Watson

For more information about this program, contact Ann Schwab at aschwab@mary-kuehner.


Thirty 5th graders at Patwin Elementary in Davis, CA met during the month of January to read and vote for their Mock Coretta Scott King winners. They selected one winner and one Honor book.

Mock Coretta Scott King Winner:

Bessie the Motorcycle Queen by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Charlot Kristensen

Mock Coretta Scott King Honor Book:

Because of You, John Lewis: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at cbrunelle@djusd.net.


Photo supplied by Sam Bloom

A dedicated group of eleven CSK enthusiasts met at the Covington Library in Covington, KY, both in person and virtually, to discuss the award, its history, terms and criteria, and five books apiece for Author and Illustrator awards. After a spirited and thoughtful discussion, the committee chose two Author Honors and three Illustrator Honors along with the Medal winners (all pictured here; photo taken by Alia Jones). We look forward to the announcement of the real CSK winners in a few weeks!

Mock Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner:

A History of Me by Adrea Theodore (illustrated by Erin Robinson)

Mock Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books:

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler, by Ibi Zoboi

Swim Team, by Johnnie Christmas

Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:

Emile and the Field, illustrated by Chioma Ebinama, written by Kevin Young

Mock Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books:

Black: The Many Wonders of My World, illustrated by Constance Moore;

I’m Not Small, illustrated by Nina Crews

Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist For Justice, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile

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


Mock Geisel Results

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


The Colorado Book Discussion Group is a group of mostly librarians and some publishing folks in Denver, Colorado who meet throughout the year to discuss books. The seven members vote for winners in January.

Mock Geisel Winner:

Cornbread & Poppy by Matthew Cordell

Mock Geisel Honor Books:

Gigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai

Sir Ladybug by Corey Tabor

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.)


All 35 participants were BCCLS library staff in Northern New Jersey. The nominees were chosen by sub-committees within our Youth Services Committee and everyone voted on the winner at the event.

Mock Printz Winner:

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Mock Printz Honor Books:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright, written by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin

Medusa, written by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, written by Jen Ferguson

Nothing Burns as Bright as You, written by Ashley Woodfolk

The Epic Story of Every Living Thing, written by Deb Caletti


The Colorado Book Discussion Group is a group of mostly librarians and some publishing folks in Denver, Colorado who meet throughout the year to discuss books. The seven members vote for winners in January.

Mock Printz Winner:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds with art by Jason Griffin

Mock Printz Honor Books:

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Ironhead, or Once a Young Lady by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem

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


Nine Cuyahoga County Public Library (Parma, Ohio) staff members met at Panera Bread for a lively discussion of award criteria and how they applied to our 5 titles. After thoroughly talking about each title, balloting began using the Printz manual guidelines. After only 1 round of voting, we had a unanimous winner and 1 honor book.

Mock Printz Winner:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds with art by Jason Griffin

Mock Printz Honor Book:

The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti

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


Over the course of the past year, a committee of Austin Public library staff met three times to nominate and discuss 67 potential winners before developing a final list of 10 titles to be considered at the January voting meeting. On January 20, a group of 16 selected the following a winner and two honor books after a discussion and four rounds of voting.

Mock Printz Winner:

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Mock Printz Honor Books:

Man O’War, written by Cory McCarthy

Unequal, written by Marc Favreau and Michael Eric Dyson

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


This book discussion group at Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA is celebrating its 8th year, with several of its “charter” members still active. We are a a group of adults who meet monthly to discuss the featured titles using the award criteria for selection, discussion, and balloting. This year, the group of 14 people read 24 titles for the Mock Printz. One title was selected as the Mock Printz winner and three books were chosen as Honor books.

Mock Printz Winner:

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin

Mock Printz Honor Books:

All My Rage, written by Sabaa Tahir

Man Made Monsters, written by Andrea Rogers, Illustrated by Jeff Edwards

Victory Stand: Raising My Fist For Justice, Written by Tommie Smith & Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwhile

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


Mock Sibert Results

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


The Colorado Book Discussion Group consists of seven people who meet in Denver, CO throughout the year to nominate titles and discuss, voting in January for Mock Sibert winners. This year we selected one Mock Sibert winner and two Sibert Honor titles.

Mock Sibert Winner:

A Seed Grows by Antoinette Portis

Mock Sibert Honor Books:

How to Build a Human by Pamela Turner, illustrated by John Anthony Gurche

Blue by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, illustrated by Daniel Minter

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


Approximately 180 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Kresson School in Voorhees, NJ participated in a Mock Sibert program. They met once a week since the beginning of December and read books. They finalized voting the week of January 9th, selecting one winner and two Honor books.

Mock Sibert Winner:

The Sweetest Scoop: Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Revolution, written by Lisa Robinson with pictures by Stacy Innerst

Mock Sibert Honor Books:

Because of You, John Lewis by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Keith Henry Brown

Nellie vs. Elizabeth: Two Daredevil Journalists’ Breakneck Race Around the World by Kate Hannigan, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

For more information about this program, contact Lisa Richards at Richardsl@voorhees.k12.nj.us.

Mock Pura Belpré Results

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


Denver Public Library hosted a virtual Pura Belpré illustrator mock for staff. Team leads read, discussed and created a short list of 6 titles. The short list was shared with colleagues a month before the event. Twelve people participated and selected one Mock winner and one Mock Honor books.

Mock Pura Belpré Illustrator Winner:

Climb On!, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara and written by Baptiste Paul

Mock Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book:

Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land, illustrated and written by Mirelle Ortega

For more information about this program, contact Ann Schwab at aschwab@denverlibrary.org.


On a very rainy day in Los Angeles, fourteen adults, children, and teen patrons met at Central Library to hear a presentation about Latinx youth literature published in 2022. By a very close margin, we picked our winners for the Mock Pura Belpré (out of seven finalists for each category).

Mock Pura Belpré Children’s Author Winner:

Miss Quinces, written & illustrated by Kat Fajardo

Mock Pura Belpré Children’s Illustrator Winner:

Beauty Woke, illustrated by Paola Escobar, written by NoNieqa Ramos

Mock Pura Belpré Young Adult Author Winner:

Frizzy, written by Claribel Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra


Mock (Mildred L.) Batchelder Results

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


This Colorado Book Discussion Group of seven members who meet throughout the year in Colorado to nominate titles. A vote in January led to one winner and two Honor titles.

Mock Batchelder Winner:

The Book That Did Not Want to Be Read written and illustrated by David Sundin

Mock Batchelder Honor Books:

Bear and the Whisper of the Wind by Marianne Dubuc

Madani’s Best Game by Fran Pintadera, illistrated by Raquel Catalina

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


Mock Sydney Taylor Results

(For information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award, visit the Sydney Taylor Book Award homepage)


This is the 3rd year of Mock Sydney Taylor Book Awards, chosen by popular vote through the Sydney Taylor Schmooze mock award blog. Two hundred and fifty people participated in selecting a winner, an Honor, and a Notable book in each of three categories; Picture Books, Middle Grade Books, and YA Books.

Picture Book Mock Winner:

Alone Together on Dan Street by Erica Cohen Lyons, illustrated by Jennifer Jamieson

Picture Book Sydney Taylor Mock Honor:

The Tower of Life by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Susan Gal

Picture Book Sydney Taylor Mock Notable:

The Very Best Sukkah by Shoshana Nambi, illustrated by Moran Yogev

Middle Grade Sydney Taylor Mock Winner:

Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe

Middle Grade Sydney Taylor Mock Honor:

Honey and Me by Meira Drazin

Middle Grade Sydney Taylor Mock Notable:

Black Bird, Blue Road by Sofiya Pasternack

YA Sydney Taylor Mock Winner:

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum

YA Sydney Taylor Mock Honor:

Some Kind of Hate by Sarah Darer Littman

YA Sydney Taylor Mock Notable:

When the Angels Left the Old Country by Sacha Lamb

For more information about this program, contact Heidi Rabinowitz at sydneytaylorshmooze@gmail.com.


The 2023 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at 8 a.m. (Central time)  during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. For those unable attend in person, we are pleased to announce two virtual viewing options:
* Watch the livestream
* Join us on the ALA Facebook page

Seals can be purchased in advance to place them on 2023 award winning books, just visit the ALA Store!

Results from previous mock elections are available: 2016 mock elections , the 2017 mock elections, the 2018 mock elections, the 2019 mock elections, the 2020 elections, the 2021 mock elections, and last year’s mock (2022) YMA elections.


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