Mocking the Caldecott

Published: January 17th, 2019

Category: Featured, News

Alachua County Library, Gainesville Florida

I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon with graduate students, professors, and librarians discussing Caldecott contenders. The event was organized by the District and the University of Florida’s Center for Children’s Literature and Culture. I was invited by Suzan Alteri, Curator of the Baldwin Collection.


Discussion Titles

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A House That Once Was

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Black Bird Yellow Sun (BB ONLY)


Drawn Together



Fox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories

Hello Hello

Hello Lighthouse


Julian is a Mermaid

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain

Ocean Meets Sky

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere

Our Car (by J M Brum)

Run Wild

The Day You Begin

The Field

They Say Blue


The title selections were varied in artistic style, content, and themes.

The participants were engaged, respectful, and thoughtful.

The Winner Was Julián!

In keeping with Caldecott confidentiality, I am not sharing our discussion comments but

I can’t think of a better appreciation than Betsy Bird’s at Fuse 8

“A book for mermaids and boys and girls and parents and teachers and booksellers and librarians and . . . aw, heck. Let’s just simplify things and say it’s a book for the human race.”


This blog post has been reprinted with permission from Lisa Von Drasek, the curator of the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota. Click here to view more of Lisa’s posts at her blog, the Blue Ox Review. 

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