The standings were as follows:
- Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
- We Forgot Brock!, written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich
- Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
- Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
- 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
- My Pen, written and illustrated by Christopher Myers
- Waiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
- Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Jason Chin
- Home, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis
- Lenny & Lucy by Phillip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
- The Whisper, written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Did the fact that I read Drum Dream Girl and We Forgot Brock! to many classes play a role? I'm sure. In retrospect, I wish I'd omitted We Forgot Brock! (which admittedly had a story that really appealed to the children) from the nominees and replaced it with Last Stop on Market Street. I also wish I could have included Wait.
I'm looking forward to the announcements of the real awards tomorrow!