The Youth Services staff held their annual Mock Caldecott vote today. Each year they choose some books which they believe will be contenders for the real Caldecott award and then they discuss the illustrations.
Here are some of the points they consider for each book.
1. Do the illustrations represent the story in a way that increases the understanding or appreciation of the story?
2. Do the illustrations match the story?
3. Are the illustrations a good example of artistic technique?
4. Are the illustrations appropriate for children?
Sometimes the staff members disagree about the books, sometimes they agree. Everyone makes their points and then the vote is held. The books chosen this year were:
Breathe by Scott Magoon
Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe, illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca
Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk
Gravity by Jason Chin
Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis & Gary Kelley
Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Where's Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio, illustrated by Barbara McClintock
We'll let you know how the vote turns out.