Each January Rhode Island librarians gather to select the most distinguished American picture book in a "mock" version of the Caldecott award. This annual tradition helps librarians sharpen their selection skills and learn about the award process for the Caldecott Medal, which is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The balloting system follows that of the real Caldecott Committee.
The 2011 Mock Caldecott took place on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the William Hall Library in Cranston.
Chalk, written and illustrated by Bill Thomson
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, illustrated by Salley Mavor
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead
On January 10, 2011 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by by Philip C. Stead (one of RI's mock Caldecott honor books). Caldecott Honor Books include Dave the Potter, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill and Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein. Look for more information on ALA's Association for Library Services to Children's Caldecott Medal website, or view all 2010 ALSC Literary and Related Award Winners.