Mock Caldecott Contest

Sonoma County Library hosts a Mock Caldecott contest each January to give picture book lovers in our community the chance to participate in the fun of voting for their favorite illustrated books.

What is the Caldecott Medal?

The real Caldecott Medal is one of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. 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. Check this list for some of the fabulous books that have won this award in the past.

How Does It Work?

For our local contest, running since 2016, a team of our Children's Librarians chooses a short list of titles that fit the criteria of books to be considered for the Caldecott Medal. Then, in the weeks leading up to the Youth Media Awards announcement, all SCL branches encourage book lovers in our community to vote for which one is the best picture book published in the previous year. The winners by popular vote will receive an Award Sticker, to encourage future readers to discover and enjoy the books honored by our community.

This contest is a fun way for adults, children, and families in Sonoma County to be a part of a community of readers, and to share their love of picture books and the art of illustrating books for children. 

2019 Mock Caldecott Contest (for books published in 2018)

2019 Winner:

The Sequoia Lives On
by Joanna Cooke
ills. by Fiona Hsieh








2019 Honor Books:

 Julian is a Mermaid

By Jessica Love



by Yuyi Morales



Ocean Meets Sky

by The Fan Brothers

Past Winners and Honor Books


2018 Mock Caldecott Contest (for books published in 2017)

2018 WINNER:

cover image whose moon is that 


Whose Moon is That?
by Kim Krans


cover image after the fall

by Dan Santat

cover image blue ethel
by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
by Julia Denos; 
ill. by E.B. Goodale

2017 Mock Caldecott Contest (for books published in 2016)

2017 Winner:

The Night Gardener
written by Terry Fan
illustrated by Eric Fan

2017 Honor Books:

by F. Campoy & T. Howell
illus. by R.Lopez

2016 Mock Caldecott Contest (for books published in 2015)

2016 Winner:

If You Plant A Seed
by Kadir Nelson

2016 Honor Books:

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Toys Meet Snow
by Emily Jenkins
ill. by Paul O. Zelinsky

Winnie: The True Story
of the Bear who Inspired
Sally M. Walker
ill. by Jonathan D. Voss

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