Every year, I read a group of books to my 2nd-5th grade students. I pick the books that I think have the best shot to win the Caldecott medal that year. This year, I chose 9 titles.
After we read each book, we talk about them. The kids tell me what they liked about them and what they didn’t like about them. We talk about what makes illustrations in a book “distinguished” and whether or not these books hit the mark.
A few weeks later, after we’ve read them all, the kids vote on which book they think most deserves the Caldecott award that year.
Here’s what our 2020 ballot looks like.
Our Mock Caldecott has kind of become just as exciting for me as the real Caldecott. I love the discussions and the insights my students have. To a certain extent, I’ve become better at predicting the real Caldecott than our Mock. Maybe it’s because I think more like an adult than a kid. I dunno, but they NEVER pick the book I think they will.
I thought it would be fun to try, though.
Now that the books have all been read, and I’ve heard all of their feedback, I’m going to try to predict what my students are going to pick, before any votes have been cast. (Voting begins this afternoon and ends on Friday)
It’s tough. There are two. possibly three, that they seemed to like more than the others. Which one will they choose though?
I’m probably wrong, but here’s my best guess.
I think that my students will pick Another as our 2020 Mock Caldecott winner.
They loved the illustrations and how they told the whole story without help from any text. They loved trying to guess what actually happened in the book. (That pesky blue mouse at the end destroys the dream theory.) I think this is the book that will get the most votes.
This isn’t the one that I would have voted for, if I had a vote, (I’m on team Saturday) but honestly, I would love to see it win the real Caldecott. I love Christian Robinson, and he should have a Caldecott Medal on his mantle by now.