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Mock Caldecott: 2024 Mock Caldecott

Titles for 2024

My Powerful Hair
Little Land
Woven of the World
When Rubin Plays
This Little Kitty
There was a Party for Langston Hughes
A Crown for Corina
In the Night Garden
Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport
Once Upon A Book
Nell Plants A Tree
Stickler Loves the World
Jump In!
In Every Life
Friends Beyond Measure
In the Dark
If I Was A Horse
Big Tree
All the Beating Hearts
An American Story

Welcome to BGSU's Mock Caldecott

We are entering our seventh year of Mock Caldecott! 

In order to more closely follow the process of the Real Committee, instead of monthly meetings, we will recommend titles to read each month. Additionally, we will solicit suggestions from our participants. All books, including those suggested by participants, will be placed on reserve at the Curriculum Resource Center. We encourage participants to use the Mock Caldecott Evaluation Sheet while reading the books.

In November, December, and January, registered participants will get to nominate titles they feel most closely meet the criteria for the Caldecott Medal. Directions on that process will be sent in November. We'll just casually enjoy reading and experiencing picture books until then. :)

On Friday, January 19, the Mock Caldecott Extravaganza will be held from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. During this marathon session, we will meet as a committee, review all the nominated titles under consideration, discuss the titles, and follow the process (as closely as possible) to determine a winner. Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served as we ballot and vote until one title remains.

The CRC's Mock Caldecott has correctly guessed winners or honorees every year for the past four years. Will our streak continue? Join us to find out!

2024 Mock Caldecott

Every year, the Association of Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist(s) of the most distinguished American children’s picture book.

Criteria for the Award

  • The book must provide the child with a visual experience, one that unifies story elements, such as plot and theme, cohesively through the series of pictures.
  • Children must be the target audience, with childhood being defined as up to fourteen years of age. Books within this entire age range may be considered, but the intended age group’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations should be taken into consideration.
  • “Distinguished” is
    • marked by eminence and distinction; noted for significant achievement
    • marked by excellence in quality
    • individually distinct
  • The work must be original; illustrations reprinted or coupled are ineligible
  • The work must be published in the United States; original publications from other countries are ineligible
  • The work must be published in the previous year
  • The artist must be a United States citizen or have an established, maintained residence in the United States
  • The artist’s entire body of work may not be taken into consideration.

from ALSC guidelines for the Caldecott Medal ( with some emphasis from me


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How to order books from OhioLink

If the CRC does not have a copy of the book you'd like to read, consider getting the book through OhioLink.

Here's how:

  • Conduct a title search in the CRC's OPAC
  • When the results are returned, click the blue Search OhioLink button
  • When the record for the book appears, click the green Request button
  • Select your pick-up location (Jerome Library) and enter your BGSU email address

Your book will arrive, generally, in 5-7 days.

Titles Recommended by Committee Members