We read through 25 Caldecott contenders and came up with our favorite picks for our very own Mock Caldecott Awards.
Last month Janssen, over at Everyday Reading, posted a Mock Caldecott Score Sheet along with a list of 25 books that were rumored contenders for the prestigious picture book award. I thought it was absolute genius!
Apparently librarians do this sort of thing all the time, just not the ones I know. But I was so excited to do this with my own kids. Luckily this is the sort of thing they get just as excited about as I do. We put all the books on hold at the library (actually we had to go to three different libraries to get them all) and got to work.
We finally picked up the last book that we had to score on Friday. It was just in time too because they will be announcing the actual Caldecott winner tomorrow!
This was so much fun! (Thank you Janssen!) We read all 25 books multiple times and we each filled out our own score sheets, with the exception of the 3 year old who just picked favorites. We read through all the guidelines for scoring and then scrutinized the books.
As would be expected of Caldecott contenders, all 25 books are fantastic. No matter which book wins the actual award tomorrow, I highly recommend printing out Janssen’s list and reading every single one of them.
However, we each had a few that stood out among the rest. We all had definite favorites and I was surprised to see that each of us picked a different winning book. I was also amused by how strict (and sometimes even severe) my 11 and 9 year olds were in their scoring. They had some strong opinions about some of the books.
Here’s the breakdown:
2018 Mock Caldecott Awards Breakdown
- Allison – Age 35, mother of 4, and life long book lover
- Esme – Age 11, junior high newbie, and self taught reader since age 3
- Eila – Age 9, graphic novel enthusiast, and artist extraordinaire
- Adelaide – Age 7, but almost 8, and by far the most willing to cuddle and listen to a book
- Rory – Age 3, smart as whip, and loves a good laugh