And the finalists are . . .

We present to you the final discussion list for the Mock Caldecott Discussion (on Saturday, January 26 at the Westerville Public Library). Now, we don’t know what the actual committee will be talking about in Seattle this weekend, where the American Library Association (ALA) Conference is being held (it’s a secret!!)

How do we come up with a list? Well, we look at new picture books arriving all year. We read reviews and peruse those best of the year lists from places like School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and The New York Times (and others!) We look at what other libraries are putting on their mock Caldecott lists. This year we created a Pinterest board of possible contenders before narrowing down to a group of 10 titles. And we’ve talked and recommended these books to each other and read them to children in storytimes.

If you can’t come to the discussion, you can still vote on your choice in the Youth Services section of the library or in the online poll below from now until 2:00 on January 26. At the end of the day, we’ll announce our results. The books will be in the Youth Services area so that you can take a look at the contenders yourself.  And on Monday, January 28, the Caldecott Award will be announced, part of ALA’s Youth Media Awards, streaming live from Seattle!

Here are the books we’ll be discussing (in no particular order!):


Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, Art by Ed Young (Little, Brown)


Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich, Illustrated by Amy Bates (Abrams)

Island: A Story of the Galapagos written & illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Sleep Like a Tiger, written by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin)


Step Gently Out, poem by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder (Candlewick)

Green written & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)

More by I.C. Springman, illustraed by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin)

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, pictures by David Small (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin)

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)

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