Sunday, January 3, 2016

Mock Caldecott Ballot for 2016

Last year's Mock Caldecott was a huge success at our school, and we are looking forward to another vigorous discussion this year! Last year's second graders, my current class of third graders, picked last year's winner and are excited to try their luck again this year. (Note: because of the earlier announcement date, and the fact that we don't go back to school until Wed. the 6th, we will likely be running our school voting out past the actual announcement.)

Our school librarian and I have been hard at work again this year to pick our favorites to share with the students. (Full-disclosure, she is a member of this year's Zolotow Award committee, and I am a Round 2 judge for the Cybil Award for fiction picture books. All books listed here represent our independent favorites, irrespective of committees and committee discussions.)

In alphabetical order, here are the 22 incredible picture books that our students will be choosing between for this year's Mock Caldecott. Did your favorite(s) make the cut?

Mock Caldecott Ballot, 2016

Beyond the Pond (2015) by Joseph Kuefler.

Boats for Papa (2015) by Jessixa Bagley.

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans (2015) a graphic novel by Don Brown. (This one will be on the ballot for older students.)

Drum Dream Girl: how one girl's courage changed music (2015) by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López. Read my earlier review here.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear (2015) by Lindsay Mallick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

Float (2015) by Daniel Miyares.

If You Plant a Seed (2015) by Kadir Nelson.

In a Village by the Sea (2015) by Muon Van and illustrated by April Chu. Read my previous review here.

It's Only Stanley (2015) by Jon Agee.

Last Stop on Market Street (2015) by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson. (The first 2015 picture book I read.) Read my previous review here.

Lenny & Lucy (2015) by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

Leo: a ghost story (2015) by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Read my previous review here.

The Moon is Going to Addy's House (2015) by Ida Pearle.

My Pen (2015) by Christopher Myers. Read my previous review here.

The Night World (2015) by Mordecai Gerstein.

Sidewalk Flowers (2015) by Jon Arno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith.

Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball (2015) by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.

Wait (2015) by Antoinette Portis.

Waiting (2015) by Kevin Henkes. Read my previous review here.

Water is Water: a book about the water cycle (2015) by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin.

The Whisper (2015) by Pamela Zagarenski.

Wolfie the Bunny (2015) by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora. Read my previous review here.

Which picture books are your favorites to win this year's Caldecott?

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