Our Mock Caldecott project is in full swing.
So far, we've discussed the Caldecott award,
the workings of a Caldecott committee,
and what to look for in our very own sessions.
I thought it might be fun to share how we're teaching our committee to vote.
1. ExcellenceWe examine each book - its design, how the pages feel,
the endpapers, the copyright page.
We try to figure out the art medium used,
whether fancy research was done,
if the art is consistent, stunning, unique.
|"In a Village By the Sea" by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu|
Nikki McClure's book "In" is made from paper cuts.
Vincent X. Kirsch's illustrations in "Gingerbread for Liberty" are made to look like gingerbread. More deliciousness.
|In - by Nikki McClure|
We consider how well the art and the text work together to fill up the story.
Is there a tone or mood to the words,
and do the pictures complement it?
We look at layers -
we ask ourselves what that story is really about,
and then, what else is it about?
|The Bear Ate Your Sandwich - by Julia Sarcone-Roach|
3. ImportanceBy "reading" the book first without words,
we figure out if the illustrations give us clues, if they tell some of the story.
Then we read it a second time with words, scrutinize how the text is represented,
if the pictures and words are perfectly matched,
or if they give too much away.
We look for details, hints, clues within the story and pictures
that might add to the wow of the book.
|If You Plant a Seed - Kadir Nelson|
4. AppealAnd then we ask if we'd want to pick the book up,
if we think it would appeal to kids.
How much do we love that particular book?
Voters score books from 1-5 in each category,
and slip their ballot in its book envelope.
Here is the library's Caldecottmobile.
Each of our nominees will be displayed in the library and available for voting
until January, when our top finalists will be announced.
At that time, our committee will debate for favorites,
vote on the final few, and, drumroll....
Letters to Authors and Illustrators!
Some of our nominees:
Finding Winnie: the true story of the world's most famous bear
- by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith
It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
Water is Water by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason ChinIn by Nikki McClure
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Gingerbread for Liberty by Maria Rockcliff, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
The Night World by Mordecai Gerstein
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach