2024 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 2024 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.)


Twenty-five Chicago Public Library children’s librarians and associates met via Zoom to discuss eight nominees. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and three Mock Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

Evergreen, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

My Powerful Hair, illustrated by Steph Littlebird and written by Carole Lindstrom

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

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


Picture books were shared as part of a #classroombookaday middle school reading classes at Pennridge North Middle School in Perkasie, PA. Seventy students participated and selected one Mock Caldecott winner and three Mock Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

The Tree and the River, illustrated by Aaron Becker

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Simon and the Better Bone, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Evergreen, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

The Skull, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

Cover image of The Tree and the River

A conversation via text messages led to our short list of nominees. The day before the official announcements, our group of 9 – we called ourselves the Caldecott Conjecturers – discussed these 18 titles while enjoying appetizers and lunch at a local restaurant in Fort Wayne, IN. We selected one Mock Caldecott winner and one Mock Honor book.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Remember, illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Joy Harjo

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

For more about this program, please contact Teresa Walls at tesstrue@gmail.com.


Throughout January, library patrons of all ages at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, Ohio had the chance to visit and explore a curated list of 30 picture books and vote for their favorites for the Mock Caldecott medal. On January 20th, 10 teens, college students, and adults met for two hours to deliberate and narrow the top 24 titles down to one Mock Caldecott winner. They also selected three Mock Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

The Tree and the River, illustrated and written by Aaron Becker

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

The Artivist, illustrated and written by Nikkolas Smith

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

For more information about this program, please contact Cassie Greenlee at cassandragreenlee@wcdpl.org.


Seventeen 2nd graders at Williamstown Elementary in Massachusetts read books, selected their top 6 titles, then made art, movie trailers, and speeches to promote their books. Parents came and voted on their choices. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and five Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Evergreen, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Jumper, illustrated and written by Jessica Lanan

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

In the Night Garden, illustrated and written by Carin Berger

Stickler Loves the World, illustrated and written by Lane Smith

Every Dreaming Creature, illustrated and written by Brenden Wenzel

For more information about this program, contact Corrine Benn at caldecottcafe@gmail.com.


Students at Belinder Elementary School in Prairie Village, KS participated in a large Mock Caldecott program. Caldecott contender lists – including those from Mr. Schu and Colby Sharp, 100 Scope Notes, Calling Caldecott, and A Fuse 8 Production – were used in compiling the book selection. Four hundred students from Kindergarten through Grade Six read (or listened to) as many of the contenders as possible and voted using a google form. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and two Mock Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Once Upon a Book, illustrated by Grace Lin and written by Grace Lin & Kate Messner

Stickler Loves the World, illustrated and written by Lane Smith

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

For more information about this program, contact Wendy Oviatt at wendyoviatt@smsd.org.


Participants in the TLCPL Caldecott Read-In

The 51st annual Caldecott Read-In was held at the Main Library of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Toledo, Ohio on January 20th. Twenty-five adults and two children had time to examine and read the top 100 picture books of 2023 and then heard librarian reviews of the top ten titles. The event included a box lunch, Caldecott trivia, discussion time, and voting. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and four Mock Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

We Are Here, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Tami Charles

Remember, illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Joy Harjo

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey & Jarrett Pumphrey and written by Jason Reynolds

Cover image of An American Story

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


Truro Public Library, Truro Central School, Provincetown Library, and Provincetown IB Schools came together to form the Outer Cape Mock Caldecott with students and teachers voting. Seventy-eight people participated and selected one Mock Caldecott winner and one Mock Honor title.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Little Land, illustrated and written by Diana Sudyka

Mock Caldecott Honor Book:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

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


Twenty-seven public librarians from Central Indiana spent the day at the Wells County Public Library in Bluffton, Indiana examining and discussing possible contenders. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Cape, illustrated by Kitt Thomas and written by Kevin Johnson

Night in the City, illustrated and written by Julie Downing

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

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


A display of about 22 eligible picture books was set up in a room where library patrons of all ages at the Wilmington Stroop Branch of the Dayton Metro Library in Kettering, Ohio could look through the titles and vote for their top three choices. Titles were also shared with Dayton Metro Library youth services staff so that they could submit a vote. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and three Mock Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

The Truth About Dragons, illustrated by Hanna Cha and written by Julie Leung

Simon and the Better Bone, illustrated and written by Corey R. Tabor

Under the Blanket Sky, illustrated and written by Tim Fischer

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

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


This book discussion group at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA is celebrating its 6th year, with several of its “charter” members still active. This group of adults meet monthly to discuss the featured titles using the award criteria for selection, discussion, and balloting. This year, the group of 16 participants read 46 titles. One Mock Caldecott winner and four Mock Honor books were selected.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Bunny & Tree, illustrated and written by Balint Zsako

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Night in the City, illustrated and written by Julie Downing

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

A Walk in the Woods, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney & Brian Pinkney and written by Nikki Grimes

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


As part of their coursework, a group of six undergraduate university students studying children’s literature at Elmhurst University wrote nomination letters for the Caldecott Medal. For their final exam, the students engaged in a lively mock Caldecott discussion and voting session. Students advocated for their chosen books and listened to the thoughts of others, which provided a deep, collaborative learning experience about children’s book illustration. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and one Mock Honor title.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

The Tree and the River, illustrated and written by Aaron Becker

Mock Caldecott Honor Book:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

For more information about this program, contact Katie Clausen at kate.clausen@elmhurst.edu.


Twenty adults, all working in libraries and related fields, met at the Goshen Public Library in Goshen, IN on January 15th to read, discuss, and vote. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and four Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

Mock Honor Books:

Cape, illustrated by Kitt Thomas and written by Kevin Johnson

Once Upon a Book, illustrated by Grace Lin and written by Grace Lin & Kate Messner

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Jovita Wore Pants, illustrated by Molly Mendoza and written by Aida Salazar

Cover image of An American Story

For more information about this program, contact Tina Ervin at tervin@goshenpl.lib.in.us.


Photos courtesy of Eti Berland

Eight staff members from various departments in the Wilmette Public Library in Wilmette, IL participated in a staff Mock Caldecott program. They discussed six titles from their youth Caldecott Club program and had an engaging, thoughtful, and fast-paced discussion. They selected one winning title.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Window Fishing, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez and written by DK Dyson

For more information about this program, contact Eti Berland at eberland@wilmettelibrary.info.


On January 12th, thirty eight public librarians from central Indiana spent the day at the Carmel Clay Public Library in Carmel, IN examining and discussing 61 possible contenders for the Caldecott. They selected one Mock winner and three Mock Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Jumper, illustrated and written by Jessica Lanan

Once Upon a Book, illustrated by Grace Lin and written by Grace Lin & Kate Messner

There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome & Jarrett Pumphrey and written by Jason Reynolds

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

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


Thirteen Youth Services staffmembers from Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, MO met on January 11th to discuss Mock Caldecott possibilities. They selected one winning title and two Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome & Jarrett Pumphrey and written by Jason Reynolds

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

A Flag for Juneteenth, illustrated and written by Kim Taylor

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

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


On January 11th, the Harford County Public Library in Hartford County, Maryland held a Mock Award training for 17 librarians within the Hartford County Public Library system. One winning title for the Mock Caldecott was selected.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

My Powerful Hair, illustrated Steph Littlebird and written by Carole Lindstrom


A group of five youth librarians at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma, Ohio gathered after hours on January 5 to discuss picture books and vote on their Mock winners. They selected one winner and three Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Mole Is Not Alone, illustrated and written by Maya Tatsukawa

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

I’m Going to Build a Snowman, illustrated and written by Jashar Awan

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


Members of the 2024 Colorado Book Evaluation Group
Photo credit: Bethany Strout

Eleven members of the Colorado Book Evaluation Group in Denver, Colorado nominate titles and meet throughout the year. They met on January 7th for a final meeting and voted on their winners. They selected one winning title and two Honor titles.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

This Is Not My Home illustrated by Eugenia Yoh and written by Vivienne Chang

There Was a Party for Langston, illustrated by Jerome & Jarrett Pumphrey and written by Jason Reynolds

Cover image of Big by Vashti Harrison

For more information about this program, contact edwardc48@gmail.com.


Our Mock Caldecott Club at the Wilmette Public Library met once a month from October to December to read, discuss, and vote between two books per session. The winning title became a finalist. Kids were encouraged to draw and journal while we talked about what makes a great picture book. In the final session on December 14th we selected a winner from among the finalists as well as two Honor titles. There wasn’t a requirement to attend every session but a few kids consistently committed to every meeting. We’ll be adapting the program as library-wide professional development for staff in January.

Mock Caldecott Winner:
Like Lava in My Veins, art by Shawn Martinbrough with Adriano Lucas and written by Derrick Barnes

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:
My Powerful Hair, illustrated by Steph Littlebird and written by Carole Lindstrom

When You Can Swim, illustrated and written by Jack Wong

For more information about this program, contact Sarah Jo Zaharako at szaharako@wilmettelibrary.info.


Twenty-one children’s librarians and specialists from around the Brooklyn Public Library system met in the Trustees Room of the Central Library to discuss the following titles in a Mock Caldecott program:

  • I’m From, illustrated by Oge Mora and written by Gary R. Gray Jr.
  • Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison
  • Before, Now, illustrated and written by Daniel Salmieri
  • Chef Edna: Queen of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera and written by Melvina Noel
  • Mole is Not Alone, illustrated and written by Maya Tatsukawa

After wonderful presentations by BPL’s Children’s Book Showcase Committee and a lively discussion, we voted via an online form with a QR code! One winner and two Honor books were selected:

Mock Caldecott Winner:
Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:
I’m From, illustrated by Oge Mora and written by Gary R. Gray Jr.

Mole is Not Alone, illustrated and written by Maya Tatsukawa

For more information about this program, contact Rachel Payne at rpayne@bklynlibrary.org.


Fourteen teens in a Beavercreek High School-based book club, Lilies of Literature Teen Book Club, met with a local teen librarian from Greene County Public Library to participate in a mock Caldecott on December 1st. They met only once, but discussed criteria and looked at past winners to make an informed decision. They selected one Mock Caldecott winner and three Honor books.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:
Nell Plants a Tree, illustrated by Daniel Miyares and written by Anne Wynter

In Every Life, illustrated and written by Marla Frazee

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander


Beginning on November 3, the ten 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 fifth year that the staff has held a Mock Caldecott program.

Mock Caldecott Winner:

Night in the City, illustrated and written by Julie Downing

Mock Caldecott Honor Books:

Beneath, illustrated and written by Cori Doerrfeld

In Every Life, illustrated and written by Marla Frazee

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


Mock Newbery Results

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


Twenty-five children’s librarians and associates at the Chicago Public Library in Chicago, IL met via Zoom to discuss eight nominees. They selected one Mock Newbery winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

A First Time for Everything, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri

Cover image of The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine

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


A conversation about books via text messages by librarian types and librarians led to our short list of nominees. The day before the official YMA announcements, our group of 9 – we called ourselves “Newbery Noodling” – discussed these titles while enjoying appetizers and lunch at a local restaurant in Fort Wayne, IN. We selected one Mock Newbery winner and one Mock Honor book.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers

Mock Newbery Honor Book:

Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow

Cover image of The Eyes & The Impossible

For more information about this program, contact Teresa Walls at tesstrue@gmail.com.


The Wasatch Readers in Layton, UT are a group of “women of a certain age” who love to read. Most are tied to education and/or librarianship. They have been meeting in fluctuating numbers for more than a decade to decide which book should receive Newbery glory. This year, the ten participants selected one Mock Newbery winner and four Mock Honor titles.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Puppets of Spelhorst by Kate DiCamillo

Mexikid by Pedro Martin

The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh

The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams by Daniel Nayeri

Cover image of The Labors of Hercules Beal

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


Readers of the Heavy Medal Mock Newbery blog voted on a slate of 16 Mock Newbery finalists. Titles were discussed online on the blog from September through January. The 219 participants selected one winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Simon Sort of Says by Elizabeth Bow

The Lost Year by Katherine March

Cover image of The Labors of Hercules Beal

For more information about this program, contact Steven Engelfried at sengelfried@yahoo.com.


In an online viewer’s poll offered by the Heavy Medal blog on January 19th, 207 participants watched an online Zoom discussion hosted by School Library Journal of 5 books, then voted. They selected one Mock Newbery winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Mona Lisa Vanishes by Nicholas Day

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh

The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt

For more information about this program, contact Steven Engelfried at sengelfried@yahoo.com.


The 16 members of the Heavy Medal Award Committee read and discussed 16 books on the Heavy Medal blog. They then discussed and voted on 5 finalists as part of a live webcast hosted by School Library Journal. They selected one Mock Newbery winner and one Mock Honor title.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh

Mock Newbery Honor Book:

The Mona Lisa Vanishes by Nicholas Day

Cover image of The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine

For more information about this program, contact Steven Engelfried at sengelfried@yahoo.com.


Sixteen 5th graders at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, CA voluntarily joined a lunchtime bookclub. This Mock Newbery group started reading and discussing a list of 9 selected titles in September. They committed to reading at list four titles with many students reading many more than that. Students discussed the books weekly and voting took place on January 16th. They selected one Mock Newbery winner and three Mock Honor titles.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Eyes and the Impossible, written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Big Tree, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Leeva At Last, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass

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


Fourth graders at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, CA voluntarily joined a lunchtime Mock Newbery Club; all 28 students read at least four out of nine titles on the list. Many students read all nine. They met weekly starting in September but didn’t deliberate until January 18th. They selected one Mock Newbery winner and three Mock Honor books.

Mock Newbery Winner:

Leeva At Last, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Eyes and the Impossible, written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris

Ruby Lost and Found by Christina Li

Mexikid, written and illustrated by Pedro Martin

For more information about this program, contact Maeve Visser Knoth at mknoth@phillipsbrooks.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. On January 17, a group of 11 children’s and school librarians selected the Rhode Island winner and honor books after reading and discussing 39 eligible books. They selected one Mock winner and two Mock Honor books.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary D. Schmidt

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Lost Year: A Survival Story of the Ukrainian Famine by Katherine Marsh

Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow

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


This book discussion group at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA is celebrating its 11th year, with several of its “charter” members still active. We are a group of 19 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 Mock Newbery winner and four Mock Honor books were selected.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow

The Eyes and the Impossible, written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris

Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

The Mona Lisa Vanishes: A Legendary Painter, a Shocking Heist, and the Birth of a Global Celebrity, written by Nicholas Day and illustrated by Brett Helquist

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


On January 10th, twelve Children’s Specialists with the Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, NY met for pizza in the Trustees room for a wonderful discussion. They selected one winning title and one Honor book in their Mock Newbery discussion. Other titles discussed included Mascot by Charles Waters & Traci Sorrell and A Bit of Earth by Karuna Riazi.

Mock Newbery Winner:

Mexikid written and illustrated by Pedro Martin

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Many Assassinations of Samir, the Seller of Dreams, written by Daniel Nayeri and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

For more information about this program, contact Rachel Payne at rpayne@bklynlibrary.org.


On January 11th, the Harford County Public Library in Hartford County, Maryland held a Mock Award training for 17 librarians within the Hartford County Public Library system. One winning title and two Honor books for the Mock Newbery were selected.

Mock Newbery Winner:

Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass

Evergreen written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell


Members of the 2024 Colorado Book Evaluation Group
Photo credit: Bethany Strout

Eleven members of the Colorado Book Evaluation Group in Denver, Colorado nominate titles and meet throughout the year. They met on January 7th for a final meeting and voted on their winners. They selected one winning title and three Honor titles.

Mock Newbery Winner:

The Lost Library by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass

Mock Newbery Honor Books:

Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera

Leeva at Last by Sarah Pennypacker

The Lost Year by Katherine Marsh

For more information about this program, contact edwardc48@gmail.com.


Mock Coretta Scott King Results

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


As a committee, we worked to choose a shortlist for this year’s Mock Coretta Scott King Award at the Denver Public Library in Denver, CO. We then shared the list and met as a larger group to discuss the titles and vote on them. Our group of fifteen selected one Mock winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Coretta Scott King Winner:

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

Mock Coretta Scott King Honor Books:

Harlem at Four, illustrated by Frank Morrison and written by Dr Michael Datcher

A Walk in the Woods, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney & Brian Pinkney and written by Nikki Grimes

Cover image of An American Story

As a committee, we worked to choose a shortlist for this year’s Mock Coretta Scott King Award at the Denver Public Library in Denver, CO. We then shared the list and met as a larger group to discuss the titles and vote on them. Our group of fifteen selected one Mock winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Coretta Scott King Winner:

Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi

Mock Coretta Scott King Honor Books:

Clouds over California by Karyn Parsons

That Flag, written by Tameka Fryer Brown and illustrated by Nikkolas Smith

For more information about this program, contact Lisa Champion at lchamp@denverlibrary.org.


Sixty 5th grade students at Patwin Elementary School in Davis, CA read books together during their weekly library classes and then voted. They selected one Mock winner and two Mock Honor titles.

Mock Coretta Scott King Winner:

An American Story, illustrated by Dare Coulter and written by Kwame Alexander

Mock Coretta Scott King Honor Books:

Like Lava in My Veins, art by Shawn Martinbrough with Adriano Lucas and written by Derrick Barnes

Big, illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison

Cover image of An American Story

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


Mock Geisel Results

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


In an event of the Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association, a group of 19 library staff met twice virtually to review award criteria, learn from a panel of past committee members, discuss a short list of titles in small break out rooms, and finally vote for our Mock winner and Honor titles. They selected one winner and three Honor Books.

Mock Geisel Winner:

Worm and Caterpillar Are Friends, written and illustrated by Kaz Windness

Mock Geisel Honor Books:

It Is Time: The Life of a Caterpillar, written and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

Nat the Cat Takes a Nap, written and illustrated by Jarrett Lerner

Fox Has a Problem, written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor

For more information about this program, contact Amy Seto Forrester at amysetoforrester@gmail.com.


Members of the 2024 Colorado Book Evaluation Group
Photo credit: Bethany Strout

Eleven members of the Colorado Book Evaluation Group in Denver, Colorado nominate titles and meet throughout the year. They met on January 7th for a final meeting and voted on their winners. They selected one winning title and four Honor titles.

Mock Geisel Winner:

Henry, Like Always by Jenn Bailey, illustrated by Mika Song

Mock Geisel Honor Titles:

Bug Catchers by Megan Litwin, illustrated by Shauna Lynn Panczysyn

Gigi and Ojiji: What’s in a Name written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Nat the Cat Takes a Nap written and illustrated by Jarrett Lerner

Worm and Caterpillar are Friends written and illustrated by Kaz Windness

For more information about this program, contact edwardc48@gmail.com.


Mock Printz Results

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


This group of six adults in Oakland, CA meet year round to discuss potential Printz titles. They met on January 19th to finalize their decisions on the 30+ titles they had read in 2023. They selected one Mock Printz winner and two Mock Honor books.

Mock Printz Winner:

Enter the Body by Joy McCullough

Mock Printz Honor Books:

The Next New Syrian Girl by Ream Shukairy

Accountable by Dashka Slater

Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe by Steve Sheinkin


Over the course of the past year, a committee of Austin Public Library staff in Austin, TX met three times to nominate and discuss 64 potential Printz winners before developing a final list of 10 titles to be considered at the January voting meeting. On January 19th, a group of 8 library staff selected a Mock Printz winner and four Mock Honor books after a discussion and three rounds of voting.

Mock Printz Winner:

Monstrous: A Transracial Adoption Story by Sarah Meyer

Mock Printz Honor Books:

America Redux by Ariel Aberg-Riger

A First Time for Everything, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian

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


This book discussion group at the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, MA is celebrating its 9th year, with several of its “charter” members still active. This group of teens and adults meet monthly to discuss the featured titles using the award criteria for selection, discussion, and balloting. This year, the group of 12 participants read 21 titles. One title was selected as the Mock Printz winner and four titles were chosen as Mock Honor books.

Mock Printz Winner:

The Spirit Bares Its Teeth by Andrew Joseph White

Mock Printz Honor Books:

We Are All So Good at Smiling by Amber McBride

Warrior Girl Unearthed by Angeline Boulley

Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian

Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe by Steve Sheinkin

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


Members of the 2024 Colorado Book Evaluation Group
Photo credit: Bethany Strout

Eleven members of the Colorado Book Evaluation Group in Denver, Colorado nominate titles and meet throughout the year. They met on January 7th for a final meeting and voted on their winners. They selected one winning title and three Honor titles.

Mock Printz Winner:

The Blood Years by Elana K. Arnold

Mock Printz Honor Books:

Once There Was by Kiyash Monsef

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

Saints of the Household by Ari Tison

For more information about this program, contact edwardc48@gmail.com.


Mock Sibert Results

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


About 50 sixth grade students from Patwin Elementary School in Davis, CA met during weekly library classes to read the books together and vote for Mock Sibert books. They selected one Mock winner and three Honor titles.

Mock Sibert Winner:

Butt or Face? by Kari Lavelle

Mock Sibert Honor Books:

To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Advanced Civil Rights, written by Angela Davis and illustrated by Lauren Semmer

Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Spider by Jessica Lanan

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


Members of the 2024 Colorado Book Evaluation Group
Photo credit: Bethany Strout

Eleven members of the Colorado Book Evaluation Group in Denver, Colorado nominate titles and meet throughout the year. They met on January 7th for a final meeting and voted on their winners. They selected one winning title and two Honor titles.

Mock Sibert Winner:

The Search for a Giant Squid by Amy Seto Forrester and Andy Chou Musser

Mock Sibert Honor Books:

Ancestry by Hanna Salyer

The Mona Lisa Vanishes by Nicholas Day, illustrated by Brett Helquist

For more information about this program, contact edwardc48@gmail.com.


Mock Pura Belpré

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


About 16 adults with the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California read titles year round while keeping in touch electronically. They met just before the YMA announcements to discuss and select their favorite titles. They selected one Mock Pura Belpré Winner and two Mock Honor books.

Mock Pura Belpré Winner:

Mexikid, written and illustrated by Pedro Martin

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Titles:

Alebrijes by Donna Barba Higuera

Barely Floating by Lilliam Rivera

Cover image of Mexikid

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


About 50 sixth grade students at Patwin Elementary School in Davis, CA met during weekly library classes to read books together and vote for Mock Pura Belpré titles. On January 18th, they selected one winner and two Honor titles.

Mock Pura Belpré Winner:

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Molly Mendoza and written by Aida Salazar

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Titles:

Not a Monster, illustrated by Laura González and written by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez

Remembering, illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia written by Xelena González and illustrated by Adriana M. Garcia

For more information about this program, contact Crystal Brunelle at crbrunelle@gmail.com.


As a committee we chose a short list, which we shared with the larger Denver Public Library organization. We then met and discussed the titles and chose our winner and two Honor titles.

Mock Pura Belpré Winner:

Mexikid, illustrated and written by Pedro Martin

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Titles:

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter, illustrated by Molly Mendoza and written by Aida Salazar

El barrilito mágico de Papá, illustrated by Eliza Kinkz and written by Jesús Trejo,

Cover image of Mexikid

For more information about this program, contact Lisa Champion at lchamp@denverlibrary.org.


As a committee we chose a short list, which we shared with the larger Denver Public Library organization. We then met and discussed the titles and chose our winner and two Honor titles.

Mock Pura Belpré Winner:

Warrior Girl by Carmen Tafolla

Mock Pura Belpré Honor Titles:

Plátanos are Love, written by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris and illustrated by Mariyah Rahman

The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía written by Alexandra Alessandri

For more information about this program, contact Lisa Champion at lchamp@denverlibrary.org.


Mock (Mildred L.) Batchelder Results

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


Photo credit: Bethany Strout

Eleven members of the Colorado Book Evaluation Group in Denver, Colorado nominate titles and meet throughout the year. They met on January 7th for a final meeting and voted on their winners. They selected one winning title and two Honor titles.

Mock Batchelder Winner:

The Young Teacher and the Great Serpent by Irene Vasco, illustrated by Juan Palomino, translated by Lawrence Schimel

Mock Batchelder Honor Books:

I Can Open It for You by Shinsuke Yoshitake

On the Edge of the World by Anna Desnitskaya

For more information about this program, contact edwardc48@gmail.com.


Mock Sydney Taylor Results

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


Sixty people participated virtually in the Sydney Taylor Shmooze Mock Award program. The winners were chosen by popular vote online in 2 rounds during the second week of January and it is believed that the participants were all adults – librarians, authors, educators, book reviewers, etc. Voters had access to the reviews written during the year on The Sydney Taylor Shmooze mock award blog. They selected one Mock Gold winner, one Mock Silver winner, and one Mock Bronze winner in each of three categories.

Picture Book Mock Gold winner:

Two New Years by Richard Ho, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield

Picture Book Mock Silver winner:

Hanukkah Upside Down by Elissa Brent Weissman and illustrated by Omer Hoffmann

Picture Book Mock Bronze winner:

Rivka’s Presents by Laurie Wallmark and illustrated by Adelina Lirius

Middle Grade Mock Gold winner:

Two Tribes, written and illustrated by Emily Bowen Cohen

Middle Grade Mock Silver winner:

The Jake Show by Joshua S. Levy

Middle Grade Mock Bronze winner:

The Dubious Pranks of Shaindy Goodman by Mari Lowe

Young Adult Mock Gold winner:

Impossible Escape by Steve Sheinkin

Young Adult Mock Silver winner:

Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler

Young Adult Mock Bronze winner:

Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros

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


Mock American Indian Youth Literature Award Results

(For more information about the American Indian Youth Literature Award, visit the American Indian Youth Literature Award homepage.)


Mock Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Results

(For more information about the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, visit the APALA Literature Awards homepage.)


Mock Schneider Family Book Award Results

(For more information about the Schneider Book Award, visit the Schneider Family Book Award homepage.)


Mock Stonewall Results

(For more information about the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award, visit the Stonewall Book Awards homepage.)


The 2024 Youth Media Award Announcements will take place on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 8:00 am (Eastern Time) during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. For those unable to attend in person, we are pleased to announce two virtual viewing options:

Seals can be purchased in advance to place them on 2024 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, the 2022 mock elections, and last year’s mock (2023) YMA elections.


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