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Jan 21 2013

DCPL Mock Caldecott Winners

by Nancy M

untitledThis past year, DeKalb County Public Library Youth Services Librarians and staff have been reading, reviewing and voting on picture book titles leading up to our first ever Mock Caldecott election. The Caldecott Medal is a prestigious children’s award that has been given out since 1938 to the illustrator with the most distinguished picture book. Recently, we all came together for our final vote and here are the results:

The 2013 DCPL Mock Caldecott Medal goes to…

extra yarnExtra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen and written by Mac Barnett



Our Honor Books are:

bootandshoeBoot and Shoe written and illustrated by Marla Frazee



indexChloe written and illustrated by Peter McCarty



indexCindy Moo illustrated by Jeff Mack and written by Lori Mortensen



indexBear Has a Story to Tell illustrated by Erin Stead and written by Philip C. Stead


It was a tight election and there were many beautiful picture books to choose from in 2012. This was our third and final vote and you can check out our past finalists here. Here are some more picture books that did not make our final vote but are definitely worth a read. Click on the title to be taken to the DCPL catalog.









The real Caldecott Medal will be awarded on Monday, January 28 along with many other American Library Association children’s and young adult book awards including the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Book Award. You can view the winners here and check back to DCPLive that week for a listing and to share your thoughts.


Nov 2 2012

DCPL Mock Caldecott Round 2

by Nancy M

DCPL Youth Librarians and staff have been busy reading and selecting picture books for our Mock Caldecott election.  There have been many wonderful picture books published so far this year and hopefully the following list will guide you to finding something great to share with your children. We recently had our second round of voting and the chosen ones not only met Caldecott criteria, but displayed what we felt were exceptional artwork and storytelling.  Here are the winners from the 2 groups of voters:

Team 1

First Place: Chloe written and illustrated by Peter McCarty




Second Place: Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip and Erin Stead




Third Place: Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino




Team 2

First Place: Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip and Erin Stead




Second Place: Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee




Third Place: The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems




Of course not every book can make it to the final round, but here are some more of what we believe are the cream of the crop in 2012 picture books.  You can click on the picture to take you to the catalog listing.







Jul 9 2012

Mock Caldecott: Round 1

by Nancy M

As mentioned in a previous post, the Library’s youth services staff are participating in a Mock Caldecott election. We’ve been busy reading and have found a lot of great picture books that have been published in 2012; we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will provide.

The Youth Services staff are split into two groups so we have two sets of winners.  Here are the results of our first round:

Team 1

First Place:

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Second Place/Third Place Tie :

Green written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter; Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Team 2

First Place:

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Second Place:

Laundry Day written and illustrated by Maurie J. Manning

Third Place:

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano; Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

What do you think of our choices? Have you read any of these books yet? Let us know what you think and if we are missing something great!


May 14 2012

Mock Caldecott

by Nancy M

This year, DeKalb County Public Library Youth Services staff will be participating in our very own Mock Caldecott election. The Caldecott medal, awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, is given each January to the artist with the most distinguished American picture book for children. While it would be great if we predicted next year’s winner, our primary goal is to seek out great picture books that are being published in a given year, so we can better serve our patrons with outstanding book recommendations.

We will have several rounds of elections before we choose a winner in January. In the meantime I will be posting lists of exceptional 2012 picture books that DCPL has in its collection. If you have any recommendations, please share!

Extra Yarn

Written by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Just Ducks!

Written by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino.

Boy + Bot

Written by Ame Dyckman; illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

And Then It’s Spring

Written by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Erin Stead.


Written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie

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