SJPL Mock Caldecott 2020

The San Jose Public Library staff held their 3rd annual Mock Caldecott discussion on January 17, 2020, at the King Library.

The Caldecott Award is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Staff read a variety of pre-selected titles and discussed as a group which book or books could take home this year's award based on the award's criteria. After some thoughtful and lovely discussion, SJPL staff choose one winner and 4 honor titles.

If you are curious who will take home the Caldecott and other youth book awards this year, tune to the Youth Media Awards announcement on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at 8 a.m EST./5 a.m. PST.

SJPL Mock Caldecott 2020 Winner

Bear Came Along, book cover

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn't know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren't any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck.

These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn't know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.

This hilarious picture book and heartfelt message celebrates the joy and fun that's in store when you embark together on a ride of a lifetime.

Honor Titles

Saturday, book cover
My Papi Has A Motorcycle, book cover
A Stone Sat Still, book cover
A Place to Land Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired A Nation, book cover

SJPL staff posing with the Mock Caldecott 2020 honor books.
SJPL staff posing with the Mock Caldecott 2020 honor books.