Books

Maybe your next Mock Award Program should be a Mock Batchelder

It’s that time of year, when the smell of Pumpkin Spice is everywhere and squirrels are trying to get into the attic that thoughts turn to the question, ‘What are the best books of the year?’ This is the time of top ten lists and best books, and everyone is guessing what titles will win the top honors. Questions like, ‘Are you going to attend the Youth Media Awards at LibLearnX?’ are starting to appear. The slight panic of not having read enough to guess the winners while staring at a your TBR pile creeps in. Instead of trying to predict all the awards, maybe focus on the Sibert, Pura Belpré, or a personal favorite, the Mildred L. Batchelder. Consider delving into the world of translations for children this award season and offering a Mock Batchelder program!

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Mocking Masters: Future Librarians Dive into a Mock Caldecott

I teach children’s literature in a Canadian university and my students are the next generation of children’s services librarians. For the past 2 years I have held a class-wide Mock Caldecott. This serves the dual purpose of introducing them to a lot of current illustrated material and teaching them the specifics of this important book award. My hope is that they will be able to apply these same steps to other children’s book and media awards. After reading and book-talking eligible books all term, we came up with the following top 10 Mock Caldecott contenders, in alphabetical order by title, followed by the name of the illustrator.