Mock Caldecott Discussion

On Monday, December 5th, children’s services staff will once again gather in celebration and exploration of the Caldecott experience at our annual Mock Caldecott Discussion. A shortlist of books will be discussed in relation to the specific Caldecott terms, definitions, and criteria.

Judy Zuckerman, Chair of the 2011 Caldecott Award Committee that awarded the medal to Erin Stead for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, will give a presentation at 9:30am. Afterwards, we will review the CCBC book discussion guidelines and the articles, Exploring Techniques in Picture Book Art and Caldecott Criteria: Key Points to Consider. Then we will discuss the eight titles that have been selected for their outstanding qualities as well as the variety of styles and mediums they represent:

Title Author Illustrator
A Ball for Daisy Raschka, Chris Raschka, Chris
Brother Sun, Sister Moon Paterson, Katherine Dalton, Pamela
Grandpa Green Smith, Lane Smith, Lane
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Nelson, Kadir Nelson, Kadir
House Baba Built, The Text as told to Libby Koponen Young, Ed
Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat Stead, Philip C.  Stead, Philip C. 
The Man in the Moon Laura Geringer Books, editor Joyce, William
Where’s Walrus? Savage, Stephen Savage, Stephen

For more information about these titles or to place them on hold, click here.

This is a shorter list than in past years, leaving more time for evaluation and discussion of each title and for the balloting, discussion, and re-balloting process. The list also includes From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books by KT Horning – the chapter on picture books provides a useful vocabulary for discussing this rich and unique art form. The more we adhere to the CCBC book discussion guidelines and practice using the vocabulary for discussing picture book art, the closer we’ll be to the Caldecott experience.

If you work in a Suffolk County Library, please register for this program online or by contacting SCLS Youth Services.

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