Each winter 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 Mock Caldecott program uses the criteria set forth by the award and the balloting system follows that of the real Caldecott Committee.
The 2018 Mock Caldecott took place on Tuesday, January 23 at the Greenville Public Library. Six participants voted in our mock election, including public youth services librarians and school librarians.
Life, written by Cyntia Ryland and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui.
Windows, written by Julia Denos and illustrated by E.B. Goodale
On February 12, 2018 the Caldecott Medal was awarded to Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell. Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named: Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes; A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi; Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin.