2012 Mock Caldecott Results

This morning, 37 librarians discussed a short list of outstanding pictures books at the 2012 Suffolk County Mock Caldecott Discussion. When the ballots were counted, both groups had selected Grandpa Green by Lane Smith as the winner. Group 1 selected Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage as an honor book, and group 2 chose A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Judy Zuckerman of the Brooklyn Public Library took a train from Atlantic Terminal in the wee hours of the morning to join us and share her experience as Chair of the 2011 Caldecott Committee and member of the 2005 Caldecott committee.

“What a terrific, well-prepared group they were!” Judy said about the librarians in attendance.

Peter Ward, director of the Lindenhurst Memorial Library, observed the program and was equally impressed with the participants. “You’ve got the stars of children’s services interacting with the up and coming blue chips,” he commented. (See Peter’s unique announcement of the Mock Caldecott winners here.)

The discussion leaders – Danielle Carey, Julie Delaney, Christine Dengel, and Kelly Sheridan did a great job selecting the books and facilitating the discussion groups. Many thanks to the librarians who stepped up to introduce the 8 discussion titles:

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

To tune in to the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation on January 23, 2012, visit the ALA website.


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.