Sunday, January 25, 2009

And the Mock Caldecott winner is...

Last night I got together with several of my coworkers for a very casual Mock Caldecott discussion. We checked out stacks and stacks of picture books from many Mock Caldecott lists. We ordered pizza. And we talked picture books.

After three rounds of voting, we declared a tie for the Caldecott Medal:

Boycott Blues by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by J. Brian Pinkney and On the Farm by David Elliott, illustrated by Holly Meade.

We also declared four honor books:

Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr, Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young, We Are the Ship by Kadir Nelson, and The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes.

I've never predicted any of the awards correctly before and the Caldecott stumps me the most out of all of them. But this was a great excuse to get together with my awesome colleagues and familiarize ourselves with some of the best pictures books published this year.

Tomorrow we'll find out for real... can you feel the anticipation building??


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

We're going to do a Mock Caldecott at school next week. It's my first try at it. My school is a PreK-2, so I limited the choices to ten. I hope at least one of the possibilities appears on the announced winners and honor books list next Tuesday!

Doret said...

I requested tomorrow off, so I can watch online.

Anonymous said...

I'm usually pretty good about predicting the Caldecott, but this year I can't muster up a strong opinion. I like many of your group's choices, but I'm kind of rooting for Big Bad Bunny, A Kitten Tale, and Frankenstein Takes the Cake--although not in the way that I actually think they're going to win. I liked a lot of books this year and didn't think any had art that really made me stand up and say, "Oh, yes, there's the Caldecott!" (Except for maybe The Wave by Suzy Lee, except it's ineligible as Lee does not live in the US.)