Last year, the Barrington Area Library community correctly predicted the winner of the real 2021 Caldecott Medal! (It was We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade.) Can we do it again??

A Mock Caldecott is a book discussion and vote for the best illustrated book of the year, inspired by the official committee of librarians, educators, and experts who award the real Caldecott Medal to one lucky book each year. The Barrington Area Library is hosting our own community-wide Mock Caldecott vote.

You can host your own Mock Caldecott with friends, families, or classmates, in-person or online. Start by checking out one of our new kits, complete with five outstanding books of 2021, chosen by your librarian friends, along with guides to help you make your discussion a success. 

Drop off a ballot, also included in the kits, to participate in the big community vote by January 19. Who will be crowned our favorite picture book of 2021? I can't wait to find out! 

Zonia's Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal
Strollercoaster by Matt Ringler, art by Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay
Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrations by Floyd Cooper
Wishes by by Mu̕ọ̕n Thị Văn, illustrations by Victo Ngai


Find out more about our Mock Caldecott here.

Youth Services Librarian Allison