2014 Mock Caldecott

The choosing of the Caldecott Medal recipient is just around the corner. Like libraries all over the country, we are holding a Mock Caldecott to see which picture book St. Philip students would choose to win the Caldecott Medal. This week all library classes are looking at the criteria for receiving the award. The next two weeks the classes will start to look at the contenders chosen by Ms. Natalie and ranking them according to the Caldecott guidelines. Once all the rankings are in they will be calculated and we will announce the winner of the Mock Caldecott at Monday Morning Assembly on January 27th, right before the actual Caldecott committee chooses the winner. In this blog post, I am including the 26 contenders and the guidelines each class is using. Kinder through 2nd grades will receive a different ballot and simply pick their top 3 books. 3rd through 5th grade will fill out a review sheet for each book ranking the books from 1 to 3 in the four main criteria for a Caldecott Medal book.

The books students will critique for the Mock Caldecott
The books students will critique for the Mock Caldecott Playlist 


Playlist of book trailers for some of the contenders


  1. Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
  2. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
  3. Journey by Aaron Becker
  4. The Dark by Lemony Snicket illustrated by Jon Klassen
  5. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  6. Train by Elisha Cooper
  7. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant illustrations by Melissa Sweet
  8. Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley
  9. Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
  10. Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman illustrated by Adam Rex
  11. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
  12. Bluebird by Bob Staake
  13. On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
  14. Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom by John Rocco
  15. When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet and One Extraordinary Riot by Lauren Stringer
  16. The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freeman
  17. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Frogliano illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  18. Little Red Writing by Joan Holub illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  19. Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
  20. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  21. Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead
  22. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  23. Locomotive by Brian Floca
  24. The Beginners Guide to Running Away From Home by Jennifer Larue Hugel
  25. The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
  26. The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett
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Sample ballot for 3rd through 5th graders

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