The 2nd Annual Mock Caldecott Medal, Or How San José Librarians Spent Their Friday Morning
On a (thankfully) dry Friday morning, SJPL staff gathered together to discuss a topic close to our own and our patrons' hearts—great illustrated books—with a Mock Caldecott discussion.
The Caldecott Medal is an annual award presented by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association. It is awarded to an American illustrator whose picture book has been published in the United States the preceding year. In addition to awarding the medal to one illustrator, the committee also cites a number of runner-ups, which are called Caldecott Honor books.
Our panel reviewed and discussed twelve pictures books using the same criteria that the actual Caldecott uses:
- Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed
- Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept
- Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme, or concept
- Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood, or information through the pictures
- Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.
And the winner is ...
After lively discussion, our mock committee voted by paper ballot and awarded our 2019 Mock Caldecott Medal (drum roll please):
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
They also chose two Caldecott Honor Books:
An illustrated picture book autobiography in which award-winning author Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story.
A boy and a girl explore an abandoned house and imagine who might have lived there and what it may have been like when it was a home.
The other exceptional picture books they reviewed were:
- Alma and How She Got Her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
- Blue, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
- Drawn Together, written by Minh Le and illustrated by Dan Santat
- Hello Lighthouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall
- The Stuff of Stars, written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes
- New Shoes, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka
- Black Bird, Yellow Sun, written and illustrated by Steve Light
- The Field, written by Baptiste Paul and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara
- The Prince and the Dressmaker, written and illustrated by Jen Wang
- Seeing into Tomorrow, written by Richard Wright and illustrated by Nina Crews
- Thank you, Omu!, written and illustrated by Oge Mora
- A Big Mooncake for Little Star, written and illustrated by Grace Lin
- They Say Blue, written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Real 2019 Caldecott: January 28
The real 2019 Caldecott Medal will be announced at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 28, 2019. It will be broadcast live at 8:00 AM (PT) from the Washington State Convention Center. Tune in to see the winners!
Who do you feel like should win this year's award?