For the second year in a row, I am running a mock Caldecott competition at my daughters' school.
I nominated 12 books this year. There were lots of wonderful books that have also been mentioned as possible contenders, but I couldn't include all of them.
Although the Caldecott committee is only supposed to consider the quality of the work, I try to present the students with a mix of books: diverse in subject matter, medium, ethnic background of the author/illustrator/characters, fiction and nonfiction.
So without further ado, our 2016 nominees are [drum roll]:
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, illustrated by Amy Chu
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin
The Whisper, written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Home, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis
We Forgot Brock!, written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich
Lenny & Lucy by Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Are you running or participating in a mock Caldecott this year? Is your child? What books are on your short list?