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Oak Lawn School Library: Mock Caldecott 2020

How It Works

Ms. Moore reads more than 100 new picture books each year, and chooses about a dozen to share with grades 1 and 2 during second trimester. After each readaloud, the students discuss what they liked, what they didn't like, and whether the book should remain in the running. In February, they cast ballots for the winner out of our short list. Then we compare our winner to the American Library Association Caldecott Award winner.

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Past Mock Caldecott Winners

 

2019: The Rough Patch

(which the real Caldecott committee
chose as an Honor book!)

2018: Bob, Not Bob!

 

2017: They All Saw a Cat
(which the real Caldecott committee
chose as an Honor book!)

 

2016: The Princess and the Pony

2020 Nominees

All book summaries courtesy of Goodreads. 

 

Hum and Swish - Written and illustrated by Matt Myers

All Jamie wants is to spend some time alone at the beach and finish her art project in the sand. But everyone around keeps asking her pesky questions she doesn't know how to answer: what are you making? Aren't you clever? Jamie does her best to tune it all out and focus on her creation . . . until she finds a like-minded friend.

 

Saturday - Written and illustrated by Oge Mora

In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong–ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown…until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all! 

 

Bear Came Along - Written by Richard T. Morris, Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn't know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren't any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck. These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn't know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.

 

 

A Normal Pig - Written and Illustrated by K-Fai Steele

Pip is a normal pig who does normal stuff: cooking, painting, and dreaming of what she’ll be when she grows up. But one day a new pig comes to school and starts pointing out all the ways in which Pip is different. Suddenly she doesn’t like any of the same things she used to . . . the things that made her Pip.

 

 

Music for Mister Moon - Written by Philip C. Stead, Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

A girl named Harriet longs to play her cello alone in her room. But when a noisy owl disrupts her solitude, Harriet throws her teacup out the window and accidentally knocks the moon out of the sky in frustration. Over the course of an evening, Harriet and the moon become fast friends. Worried that he'll catch a chill, Harriet buys the moon a soft woolen hat, then takes him on a boat ride across a glistening lake, something he's only dreamed of. But can she work up the courage to play her music for the moon? 

 

Who Wet My Pants? - Written by Bob Shea, Illustrated by Zachariah O'Hora

Reuben the bear's got donuts for everyone in his scout troop, but his friends are all staring at something else: there's a wet spot on Reuben's pants, and it's in a specific area. "WHO WET MY PANTS?" he shouts, and a blame game starts. His buddies try to reassure him there was no crime. Just an accident. It could happen to anyone! But as all the clues begin to point in Reuben's own direction as the culprit, Reuben must come to terms with the truth.

 

What If ...? Then We ... - Written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Illustrated by Fred Koehler

"What if . . . we got lost far, far, far away, and couldn't find our way home? Then we would become the bravest explorers in the world." So begin the adventures of two intrepid polar bears. Traveling on a ship imagined from an iceberg, the bears encounter magnificent sights and scary situations. And when they find their way back home, they're ready to imagine a thousand more possibilities. 
 

The Crayon Man - Written by Natascha Biebow, Illustrated by Steven Salerno

What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands?  But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a box for only a nickel!

 


The Panda Problem - Written by Deborah Underwood, Illustrated by Hannah Marks

Every story needs a problem.
But Panda doesn't have a problem.
Unless . . . Panda is the problem.

 

Tomorrow Most Likely - Written by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Lane Smith

Rather than focusing on going to bed—and what kid wants to think about going to bed?—this book explores all of the dreamy, wonderful, strange things the next day might bring.

 

 

Hey, Water! - Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water doesn't always look the same, it doesn't always feel the same, and it shows up in lots of different shapes. Water can be a lake, it can be steam, it can be a tear, or it can even be a snowman. As the girl discovers water in nature, in weather, in her home, and even inside her own body, water comes to life, and kids will find excitement and joy in water and its many forms. 
 
Because - Written by Mo Willems, Illustrated by Amber Ren
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems' music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut.
 
There are No Bears in This Bakery - Written and Illustrated by Julie Sarcone-Roach
A tough gumshoe of a cat--the name's Muffin--protects his territory: The Little Bear Bakery. But there are no bears here. Not on Muffin's watch.One night, Muffin hears a suspicious noise. Mouse? Raccoon? Bat? Nope, not the usual suspects. But Muffin hears . . . growling. Could it be? Yup. A bear. Just a cub. Whose stomach is definitely growling. Muffin's got this case solved--clearly this bear needs some donuts.
 
Bloom Boom! - Written and Illustrated by April Pulley Sayre
When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.
 
Sea Bear - Written and Illustrated by Lindsay Moore
A sea bear, far north in the Arctic, hunts and naps and raises her young. She moves with the ice, swimming, running, stalking seals, resting. She follows the rhythm of the sea and the seasons. But what happens when those rhythms change? What happens when there is no ice?
 
 

Standards Addressed

AASL: 3.1.2 - Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners; 3.2.2 - Show social responsibility by participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions; 4.1.1 - Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth; 4.1.2 Read widely … to make connections with self, the world, and previous reading; 4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres; 4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning

Common Core: SL.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1/2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups; SL.2 Ask and answer questions about/recount or describe key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media; RL.1 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text; RL.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events; W.1 Write opinion pieces in which they name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure