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  • MockCaldecott

    The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Mock Caldecott 2016

Every year, children’s book illustrators hold their breath as the Caldecott committee members read, examine, and critique the best illustrated children’s books of the year to finally determine which one deserves the highly regarded award.

Below, you will see the 10 books we think are worth considering.  These books, selected by Sonoma County Library staff, all fit the criteria of books to be considered for the Caldecott Medal. You can find copies of these books at your local branch for review. 

Let us know who YOU think will win by voting for your favorites either online or at the library.  Voting will be open from December 15 through January 7.

Sonoma County's winners will be announced in your local branch and online Jan. 8th!

Official winners announced Jan. 11th!

Water is Water 

Miranda Paul

ill. by Jason Chin

Toys Meet Snow

Emily Jenkins

ill. by Paul O. Zelinsky

Seaver the Weaver

Paul Czajak

ill. by The Brothers Hilts

In a Village by the Sea

Muon Van

ill. by  April Chu


Sarah M. Walker 

ill. by Jonathan D. Voss

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Julia Sarcone-Roach 



Daniel Miyares


Drum Dream Girl

Margarita Engle

ill. by Rafael Lopez

If You Plant a Seed

Kadir Nelson


The Night World

Mordicai Gerstein





  • Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners

Newbery & Caldecott Medal Winners!

The votes are in!

The Newbery Medal, awarded annually by the the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, goes to…

The Crossover, written by Kwame Alexander

 Newbery Honor Books:

El Deafo, written by Cece Bell

Brown Girl Dreaming, by  Jacqueline Woodson

 The Caldecott Medal, awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children goes to…

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrated and written by Dan Santat!

 Caldecott Honor Books:

Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock

Sam & Dave Dig a Holeillustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Viva Frida, illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant

This One Summer, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

  • Newbery and Caldecott Medals

Mock Newbery and Caldecott Awards

Every year authors, librarians, teachers, parents, kids and readers of all ages await the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Awards.  Think of these as the Academy Awards of children's books.  

But, before the winners are chosen, groups across the nation like to pick which books THEY think should win. 

Find out who the real Newbery and Caldecott Award winners are when they are announced on Feb. 2, 2015.  

But, for now, the popular choices are below!

Mock Newbery Winners:            

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Some Honors to consider:

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

Mock Caldecott Award Winners:

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

 Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Some Honors to consider:

Draw! by Raul Colon

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Extraordinary Jane by Hannah Harrison

Gravity by Jason Chin