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 2012 Mock Caldecott took place on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the William Hall Library in Cranston. Twenty six participants voted in our mock election, including children's librarians, school library media specialists, a library director, a classroom teacher, a library school student, and an illustrator. Cheryl Kirk Noll, a published Rhode Island illustrator, presented the Caldecott criteria, heavily illustrated with examples from award-winning books. Cheryl teaches Children's Book Illustration and is the advisor for the Children's Book Illustration Certificate Program at Rhode Island School of Design-CE.
Grandpa Green, written and illustrated by Lane Smith
Me …Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
Blackout, written and illustrated by John Rocco
On January 23, 2012 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to A Ball for Daisy written and illustrated by Chris Raschka. Caldecott Honor Books include Blackout, written and illustrated by John Rocco (RI mock Caldecott honor book), Grandpa Green, written and illustrated by Lane Smith (RI's mock Caldecott winner), and Me …Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (RI mock Caldecott honor book). Look for more information on ALA's Association for Library Services to Children's Caldecott Medal website, or view all 2013 ALSC Literary and Related Award Winners.