I attended my very first Mock Caldecott discussion on the 8th (this really delayed, I know). Fortunately, I’d read most of the titles in my rush to read all the Goodreads best of picture books, and in my perusal of other “best of” lists. It’s interesting, however, to note that the actual winner (and only one of the four official honor books was included) was not discussed at all in our meeting. The titles discussed are as follows:
Medal winner: Erin E. Stead for The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
Honor: Brendan Wenzel for The All Saw a Cat
Honor: Beth Krommes for Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
Honor: Nick Wroblewski for Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova
Honor: Yuyi Morales for Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
Honor: Christian Robinson for School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
Tessa Blackham for Monday is Wash Day by Maryann Sundby
The Fan Brothers for The Midnight Gardner
Dan Santant for Are we There Yet?
Evan Turk for The Storyteller
While I don’t agree with the winner (I liked Before Morning and School’s First Day of School) much more, the process was fascinating! We each voted for four titles, with a weighted vote (our first choice gets more points etc), so there’s less of a chance for ties. We also discussed in great detail, the gutters, continuity (in School’s First Day of School a little girl draws a picture and on the next page, when it is hung up on the teacher’s bulletin board, the sun has changed locations), and whitespace. Many things I have to admit, I had not looked at before.
Hopefully next year, I can also participate in the Mock Newbery! I hope to be more on top of things this year, read the books as they come out.