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Mock Caldecott List

It's time for me to get my library Mock Caldecott list together so I can start promoting our program to our schools and patrons. We plan our programs very early and many months out at my library, so I'm already working on this event for January and starting to get our promotions together so everyone can read the books leading up to the program.

Earlier this year, we hosted our first ever Mock Caldecott event and it was a huge success! We had a mix of kids to adults and it was a blast discussing books with everyone. I can't wait to repeat it again in January. Here's what we'll be reading and discussing:

Bluebird by Bob Staake

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin 

Journey by Aaron Becker

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Stardines by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger

That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea


I tried to give us a short list this year. Last year we worked with around 14 titles and it was just too many, so I thought we'd go with 10 this year and see how that worked. I'm also making a longer list for staff to use at a staff only event, where we can discuss even more books I wasn't able to put on this list.

What are your top picks for Caldecott this year? Anything I need to add?

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