Mock Caldecott 2017

ICPL's Mock Caldecott titles from the 2017 Awards year cycle

The Night Gardener

Terry Fan

jE Fan
Picture Books

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

Snow White

Matt Phelan

Graphic Novels

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL."

Poor little guy

Elanna Allen

jE Allen
Picture Books, Humor

"An octopus gets a big surprise when he chooses to pick on a tiny fish in the ocean"--

Henry & Leo

Pamela Zagarenski

jE Zagarens
Picture Books

"Leo isn't just a stuffed toy, he is Henry's best friend and brother. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry's family believes Leo is real enough to find his way home"--

When spring comes

Kevin Henkes

jE Henkes
Picture Books

"Animals and children alike watch as the world transforms from the dark and dead of winter to a full and blooming spring"--

A hungry lion or a dwindling assortment of animals

Lucy Ruth Cummins

jE Cummins
Picture Books

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains.

Hand in hand

Rosemary Wells

jE Wells
Picture Books

"This sweet and heartfelt picture book celebrates all that parents do with and for their children from the very beginning"--

Spot, the cat

Henry Cole

jE Cole
Picture Books

In this wordless picture book, a cat named Spot ventures out an open window and through a city on a journey, while his owner tries to find him.

Are we there yet?

Dan Santat

jE Santat
Picture Books

"A boy goes on a long car ride to visit his grandmother and discovers time moves faster or slower depending on how bored he is"--

Home at last

Vera B Williams

jE Williams
Picture Books

"After Lester is adopted from his foster home by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he can't fall asleep in his new bed. What will it take to make Lester feel home at last?" --

Have you seen Elephant?

David (Illustrator) Barrow

jE Barrow
Picture Books

A boy and his dog play hide-and-seek with Elephant.

Thunder Boy Jr.

Sherman Alexie

jE Alexie
Picture Books

"Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name"--

Frank and Lucky get schooled

Lynne Rae Perkins

jE Perkins
Picture Books

A boy and his dog learn about each other, go to school to learn more, then explore the world around them as they study science, geography, and even foreign languages together.

A hat for Mrs. Goldman : a story about knitting and love

Michelle Edwards

jE Edwards
Picture Books

Sophia knits a special hat for her elderly neighbor and knitting teacher, Mrs. Goldman.


Raina Telgemeier

Graphic Novels

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.