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.

For the 2021 contest, we have changed our structure to help people to read and enjoy the books from home. All nominated books will be available online through live storytime readings by our wonderful children’s librarians. Participate in the Mock Caldecott Challenge in Beanstack to “read” each book, and then vote for your favorites – you’ll get a special digital badge for completing the challenge!

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.

The votes are in for the 2021 Winner!

Sonoma County has chosen the best picture books of the year!

We are Water Protectors

Drum roll please...
The Sonoma County's Mock Caldecott Winner is...

We are the Water Protectors
Written by Carole Lindstrom
Illustrated by Michaela Goade

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.

For the sixth year in a row, you let us know which books you thought would win by voting in our Mock Caldecott contest.

The children's librarians of Sonoma County Library read hundreds of picture books published in 2020, narrowed their favorites down to 5 (not an easy task!), then left it up to you to choose our winner by voting for your favorites online.

2021 Honor Book

Lift

The numbers were close, but the following title is our Honor Book for the year.

Lift
Written by Minh Lê
Illustrated by Dan Santat

Past Winners

There Are No Bears in this Bakery

2020 Mock Caldecott Contest

(for books published in 2019)

2020 Winner

There Are No Bears in this Bakery
by Julia Sarcone-Roach

2020 Honor Books

A Stone Sat Still

A Stone Sat Still
by Brendan Wenzel

Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebble
Written by Endy Meddour
Illustrated by Daniel Egnéus


The Sequoia Lives On

2019 Mock Caldecott Contest

(for books published in 2018)

2019 Winner

The Sequoia Lives On
Written by Joanna Cooke
Illustrated by Fiona Hsieh

2019 Honor Books

Julian is a Mermaid

Julian is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love

Dreamers

Dreamers
by Yuyi Morales

Ocean Meets Sky

Ocean Meets Sky
by The Fan Brothers


Whose Moon is That?

2018 Mock Caldecott Contest

(for books published in 2017)

2018 Winner

Whose Moon is That?
by Kim Krans

2018 Honor Books

Blue Ethel

Blue Ethel
by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Windows

Windows
Written by Julia Denos
Illustrated by E.B. Goodale


The Night Gardener

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

They All Saw A Cat

They All Saw A Cat
by B. Wenze

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
by D. Santat

Maybe Something Beautiful

Maybe Something Beautiful
Written by F. Campoy & T. Howell
Illustrated by R.Lopez


If You Plant A Seed

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

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Toys Meet Snow

Toys Meet Snow
Written by Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Winnie: The True Story

Winnie: The True Story
of the Bear who
Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Written by Sally M. Walker
Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

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