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Mocks Amuck

Each year I like to keep track of all the Mock Caldecotts, Mock Newberys, Mock Siberts, etc. that I can find.  It’s not easy.  At this point in time it’s not as if ALA or SLJ has created a centralized site where folks can plug in their Mock results for all the world to see (*bats eyelashes in general direction of ALA and SLJ*).

In lieu of that, I’ve compiled as many Mocks as I can find.  This year’s findings were a bit hampered by a snowstorm that caused many a Mock Newbery on the East Coast to be cancelled.

If you feel that I’ve left someone off here, do let me know. When I do the PreGame/PostGame ALA Youth Media Awards Show on Monday at 8:30 a.m. EST I’ll be calling out the winners who got the awards right.

In no particular order . . . .

Mock Caldecotts

Deschutes Public Library in Oregon

Winner: Farmer and the Clown illustrated by Marla Frazee

Honor Books: Telephone written by Mac Barnett, and illustrated by Jen Corace

 

Bridgeport CT Public Library

Winner: Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Honor Books:

Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett, illus by Jon Klassen

Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino

 

Dayton Metro Library

Winner: Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Honor Books:

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah, Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

May the Stars Drip Down by Jeremy Chatelain, illustrated by Nikki McClure

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

 

Suffolk Cooperative System in NY

Winner: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Honor Books:

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

 

Sacramento Public Library

Winner: Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Honor Books:

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Extraordinary Jane by Hannah Harrison

Gravity by Jason Chin

Johnson County (KS)

Winner: The Noisy Paint Box written by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Honor Books:

The Farmer and the Clown written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Extraordinary Jane written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

A Dance Like Starlight written by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

 

The Lane Libraries, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and various other schools/agencies in the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky region

Winner: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Honor Books:

Draw! by Raul Colon

The Noisy Paint Box, illustrated by Mary GrandPre and written by Barbara Rosenstock

Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales and photographed by Tim O’Meara

 

Oregon Library Association

Winner: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee.

Honor Book:

Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison

 

San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Unified School District

Winner:

Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy

Honor Books:

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Brian G. Karas

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

 

Kent State School of Library & Information Science

Winner: Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Honor Books:

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

 

Cuyahoga County

Winner: The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Honor Books:

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

 

Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN)

Winner: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, words by Jen Bryant and pictures by Melissa Sweet

Honor Books:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse, written by Patricia MacLachlan with pictures by Hadley Hooper

 

Takoma Park Maryland Library

Winner: The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Honors Books:

Bad Bye, Good Bye, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Jonathan Bean

The Iridescence of Birds, written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper

The Noisy Paint Box, written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary GrandPre

The Right Word, written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

 

Springfield-Greene County Library

Winner: Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

Honor Books:

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, illustrated by Kenard Park

Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

 

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Ohio)

Winner: Flashlight illustrated and written by Lizi Boyd

Honor Books:

Draw! illustrated and written by Raúl Colón

The Noisy Paint Box, illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock

Extraordinary Jane, illustrated and written by Hannah E. Harrison

Winter is Coming, illustrated by Jim LaMarche, written by Tony Johnston

 

Denver Public Library

Winner: The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Honor Books:

Aviary Wonders, Inc. Spring Calendar and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk

 

Wayland (MI) Union Schools

Winner: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Honor Books:

Draw! by Raul Colon

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

 

Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, ME

Winner: Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Honor Books:

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

Sparky by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

 

Frank Sarris Public Library in Canonsburg, PA

Winner: Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

Honor Books:

Viva, Frida! by Yuyi Morales

Sparky by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans

 

South Valley School in Moorestown, NJ

Winner: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Honor Books:

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

 

Mountain Way School in Morris Plains, NJ (2nd graders)

Winner: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Honor Books:

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Maple by Lori Nichols

Mock Newberys

Northport-East Northport PL

Winner: A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Honors:

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

 

Rhode Island OLIS

Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Honor Books:

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

 

Sacramento Public Library

Winner: West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Honor Books:

Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Dayton Metro Library

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

 

The Lane Libraries, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and various other schools/agencies in the Southwest Ohio/Northern Kentucky region

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

 

Oakland

Winner: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

Honor Books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Hudson Valley Library Association

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

The Greenglass House, by Kate Milford

The Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming

 

KC Metro

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

Rain Reign by Ann Martin

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

 

San Diego

Winners:

The Family Romanov, by Candace Fleming

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Honor Books:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Cuyahoga County

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

 

Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Honor Books:

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

 

Denver Public Library

Winner: The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

Honor Books:

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

 

Emerson School

Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Honor Books:

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Swap by Megan Shull

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Nassau Library System (Long Island)

Winner: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Honor Books:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

 

Darien Library

Winner: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Honor Books:

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

The Greenglass House by Kate Milford

 

Springfield-Greene County Library

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

 

St. Joseph County Public Library – Kids Club

Winner: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

Honor Books:

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

 

St. Joseph County Public Library – Adult Club

Winner: Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Honor Books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Winner: Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Honor Books:

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, ME

Winner: The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Honor Books:

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

 

Westchester Library Association / Westchester Library System

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Honor Books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

El Deafo by Cece Bell

 

Madison Metropolitan School District Madison, WI

Winner: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Honor Books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

 

Ossining Public Library in Ossining, NY

Winner: When Audrey Met Alice, by Rebecca Behrens

Honor Books:

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

 

The Horace Mann Mock Newbery Committee

Winner: The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

Honor Books:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

 

Mock Siberts

The Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association

Winner: The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Honor Books:

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

 

Mock Printzs

Brooklyn Public Library

Winner: This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Honor Books:

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

The Family Romanov by Candice Fleming

 

Mock Coretta Scott Kings

Denver Public Library

ILLUSTRATOR: Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katherine Russell-Brown, Illustrated by Frank Morrison

AUTHOR:

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis

Searching for Sarah Rector by Tonya Bolden

 

Madison Metropolitan School District Madison, WI

ILLUSTRATOR: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom (E.B. Lewis, ill)

AUTHOR: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

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About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.

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  1. Here are the Mock results for Falmouth Elementary School in Falmouth, ME.

    Mock Newbery Winner: The Mark of the Dragonfly

    Honors:
    Rain Reign
    Brown Girl Dreaming
    The Fourteenth Goldfish
    A Snicker of Magic

    Mock Caldecott Winner: Little Elliot, Big City

    Honors:
    Three Bears in a Boat
    Sparky

  2. Our highly irregular Mock Caldecott at Frank Sarris Public Library in Canonsburg PA (in case somehow we hit it) took place on Tuesday, but only one family showed up for it. The baby couldn’t vote, and the three of us left– when you threw in my vote– had no consensus whatsoever when we took our top three votes. So we expanded to top five, voted again, and narrowed the contenders to four, which we then carried around the library asking everyone else we ran into to pick their two favorites of the four.

    This made Nelson’s Baby Bear our clear winner, as nearly everyone we asked picked it. Tying for Honors were Viva Frida (my personal favorite) and Sparky! For the record, the fourth finalist was Gaston, but it only got one vote in the around-the-library round, so fell by the wayside.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I sort of love the process of it. Particularly the line “The baby couldn’t vote” which makes it clear that the baby had distinct opinions on the matter but wasn’t able to vocalize them properly. Well played, baby.

      I’ll add all Mocks mentioned here to the final list.

  3. Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science had a Mock Newbery class and awarded Revolution the gold sticker. Honors went to The Art of Secrets and Bad Bye, Good Bye. Read the press release here: http://butlerspantry.org/2014/12/08/mock-newbery-results/

    There was also a group that awarded a CaldeNott to Fox’s Garden. Honors went to Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes, At the Same Moment Around the World, and Rules of Summer. The press release for that is here: http://butlerspantry.org/2015/01/16/caldenott-results/

  4. Here are the Mock results of my dreams:

    Caldecott: Three Bears in a Boat
    Newbery: A Snicker of Magic

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have to admit, I’ve been surprised by how few lists mention THREE BEARS IN A BOAT, and I think it’s a beautiful book. I read it to my three-year old neighbor, who at once said, “Read it again.” And I read it to several groups of third graders, who actually GASPED at the beauty of the pictures. A book of such loveliness, which can hold such a wide age range, should not be so easily discounted.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Were it not for the fact that I know you are not me, I would swear that I had written this comment myself. I too have been surprised that it hasn’t come up more often.

  6. Our school Mock Caldecott had separate voting for each class (7 total this year), so each class had different winners and honors. However, every single class named PRESIDENT TAFT IS STUCK IN THE BATH as either the winner or honor book, so I’m calling this the clear winner for our school.

    The students said they chose this one because of the bright colors and the details. They love the movement in the pictures (particularly when Taft is flying through the air). It doesn’t hurt that Taft is both very large and very naked.

  7. Amy Miele says:

    We just finished voting for our Mock Caldecott today at South Valley School in Moorestown, NJ. We also vote separately in each class and then I total all of the votes.
    Our winner was The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat.
    Our honor books were Sam and Dave Dig a Hold by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, and The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. The winner was separated from the honors by about only 7 votes, and each of the honor books were 2 votes apart.

  8. Amy Miele says:

    oops—-meant of course to say Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen…so excited about the results that I messed up my typing.

  9. Mocks Amuck! Love it! Oh how I wish we hosted a Mock Caldecott in my little CT library. But I know I would have been terribly bossy, intimidating and overbearing! Because I adore Three Bears in a Boat. I continually place it in the hands of my patrons and pronouce..”this is the book that should win the Caldecott!” Of course last year I confidently pranced around with Mr Tiger goes Wild! In 27 years I have never predicted the winner – but hey – I know what I like! And my patrons want to hear, or maybe it’s just that I corner them and tell them!
    Thanks for putting this together each year. I’ll be with you on Monday morning. ~ jane

  10. The results of the “Official” Westchester Library Association / Westchester Library System Mock Newbery were:

    Newbery Medal
    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

    Newbery Honor
    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
    El Deafo by Cece Bell

    http://curiouslibrarian.com/1/post/2015/01/wlswla-mock-newbery-results.html

  11. Madison Metropolitan School District Madison, WI
    Mock Newbery
    Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier.

    Honor books
    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
    Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
    Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    Mock CSK
    illustrator
    All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom (E.B. Lewis, ill)
    author
    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

  12. Susan Kitzen says:

    Mountain Way School in Morris Plains, NJ

    Medal: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

    Honors: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
    Maple by Lori Nichols

  13. Susan Kitzen says:

    Forgot to say that Mountain Way is a preK-2 school and our Caldecott voters were 2nd grade only.

  14. The OPLbery Club at the Ossining Public Library in Ossining, NY, gave the OPLbery Medal to When Audrey Met Alice, by Rebecca Behrens. The kids also awarded an OPLbery Honor to Greenglass House, by Kate Milford.

  15. The Horace Mann Mock Newbery Committee awards its medal to The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. Honors go to Brown Girl Dreaming and A Snicker of Magic. Details on our final deliberations here: http://www.horacemann.org/page.cfm?p=1115&newsid=792

  16. ChrisinNY says:

    The Mock Caldecott voting done at Kinderhook Memorial Library found Draw by Raul Colon receibing the most votes (or the most first place votes). Not sure that there was truly a consensus though.

  17. A late entry but our school voted for Draw! as the favorite, with Flashlight and The Iridescence of Birds in second and third place, out of a limited selection of 10 books. And NONE of those were recognized. I am halfway through The Crossover and loving it, possibly more than Brown Girl Dreaming, so I’m pretty happy on that front. My personal favorite Josephine got recognized for a Sibert.

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