1.07.2009

Queens Library's 2nd Annual Mock Caldecott Event!

Yesterday Queens Library held its 2nd Annual Mock Caldecott Event! As reported earlier, we discussed 6 books:

Baseball Hour by Bill Thomson
Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualls
Cat and Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest, illustrated by Amy Bates
Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley
Wabi Sabi by Ed Young


And our two Mock Honor books are:

Cat and Mouse by Ian Schoenherr (Greenwillow)

and


Wabi Sabi by Ed Young (Little, Brown)


Our Mock Caldecott Award goes to...


Baseball Hour by Bill Thomson (Marshall Cavendish)

As we all know, this is anybody's year for the award and this was reflected in our voting: it was verrrrrry close. And I am thrilled with the results, as Baseball Hour is action-packed, dramatic, well-executed, and distinguished. It is stunning in its perspectives and it pulses with movement. Lastly, it has wild amounts of kid appeal, which is a nice bonus.

More than 60 librarians came together to discuss the books and vote on them. I was lucky enough to flit and float between the 7 groups and listen to what everyone had to say. The depth of the discussions, as well as the enthusiasm for the event, was thrilling and gave me much-needed inspiration to get through my day-to-day job. We used voting ballots and followed the actual voting criteria of the Caldecott committee (we took it straight from the handbook).
It was a fantastic day, and I look forward to doing it again next year!

4 comments:

Fuse #8 said...

Go, "Cat and Mouse", go go go!

Laura Lutz said...

I know, right? I'm surprised it's not on more Mock Caldy lists...instead of that silly "Wonder Bear"...

Dawn said...

Finally! Someone recognized Baseball Hour, the best illustrated book of 2008!

Laura Lutz said...

It is absolutely stunning, Dawn, and I'm thrilled to see it on a number of Mock lists...though I believe QL is the first I've heard of to give it the big award. Here's hoping!