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We Found a Hat - Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763656003
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
Two turtles find a hat that looks good on both of them, but with fairness in mind, they decide to leave it be, until night falls and one of the turtles changes its mind.

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Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie; Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316013727
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
"Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name""-- Provided by publisher.

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Are We There Yet? - Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316199995
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
""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""-- Provided by publisher.

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Be a Friend - Salina Yoon
ISBN: 9781619639515
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
""Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree... But being a mime can be lonely. It isn't until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship--and how special he truly is!""-- Provided by publisher.

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School's First Day of School - Adam Rex; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596439641
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
"It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself""-- Provided by publisher.

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Ideas Are All Around - Philip C. Stead
ISBN: 9781626721814
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
In search of writing ideas, an author takes a walk with his dog around the neighborhood.

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Du Iz Tak? - Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665302
Publication Date: 2016-10-18
Readers are invited to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in the natural world, even the humblest back garden! With exquisitely-detailed illustration that will appeal to children and art-lovers alike, and a wonderfully playful invented language, we soon find ourselves speaking "Bug" ... Du iz tak? What is that?

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Henry and Leo - Pamela Zagarenski
ISBN: 9780544648111
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
"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"--

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes - Julie Fogliano; Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596438521
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
A book of poetry moving through the seasons"--.

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A Child of Books - Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator); Sam Winston (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690779
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
A young reader introduces a boy to the many imaginative worlds that books bring to life.

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Lucy - Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763668082
Publication Date: 2016-08-02
Lucy is a small dog without a home. She had once, but she remembers it only in her dreams. Eleanor is a little girl who looks forward to feeding the stray dog that appears faithfully beneath her window each day. Eleanor's father is a juggler with stage fright. The overlapping stories of these three delightful characters, overing a slight different perspective each time, come together in an original beautifully illustrated book for dog (and underdog) lovers of all ages.

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Lion Lessons - Jon Agee
ISBN: 9780803739086
Publication Date: 2016-07-05
"Learning to be a lion takes some serious lessons, but luckily, this kid has a teacher who is a real pro""-- Provided by publisher.

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Owl Sees Owl - Laura Godwin; Rob Dunlavey
ISBN: 9780553497823
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
A baby owl leaves the nest one night, explores the world around him, sees his own reflection, and then returns to the safety o

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They All Saw a Cat - Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452150130
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

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A Morning with Grandpa - Sylvia Liu; Christina Forshay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620141922
Publication Date: 2016-05-01
Curious and energetic Mei Mei attempts some tai chi forms as her grandfather demonstrates them, then tries to teach him basic yoga poses. Includes introductions to t'ai chi and yoga, as well as instructions for the exercises described in the text.

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The Sound of Silence - Katrina Goldsaito; Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316203371
Publication Date: 2016-08-02

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Twenty Yawns - Jane Smiley; Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781477826355
Publication Date: 2016-04-01

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Hoot and Peep - Lita Judge
ISBN: 9780525428374
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
Hoot the owl is very excited for his little sister, Peep, to join him on the cathedral rooftops. She's finally old enough to learn all his big brother owly wisdom: First, owls say hooo. Second, they always say hooo. Lastly, they ONLY say hooo! But why would Peep say hooo when she could say schweeepty peep or dingity dong? Why would she speak when she could sing?

 

Mock Contenders for Newbery Books

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The Inquisitor's Tale - Adam Gidwitz; Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525426165
Publication Date: 2016-09-27
A peasant girl and her holy greyhound, an oblate on a mission from his monastery, and a young Jewish boy travel across medieval France to escape persecution and save holy texts from being burned"--.

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Pax - Sara Pennypacker; Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062377012
Publication Date: 2016-02-02
When his father enlists in the military and makes him return his beloved pet fox to the wild, Peter, who has been sent to live with his grandfather hundreds of miles away, embarks on a journey filled with astonishing discoveries in order to be reunited with his fox.

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The Wild Robot - Peter Brown
ISBN: 9780316381994
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

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Makoons - Louise Erdrich (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060577933
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
Living with their Ojibwe family on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866, twin brothers Makoons and Chickadee must learn to become buffalo hunters, but Makoons has a vision that foretells great challenges that his family may not be able to overcome.

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Maybe a Fox - Kathi Appelt; Alison McGhee
ISBN: 9781442482425
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
An otherworldly fox is born to help eleven-year-old Jules, who is grieving over the death of her sister.

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Moo - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 9780062415240
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Follows the efforts of twelve-year-old Reena, who has recently moved to rural Maine, to adjust to a new environment while unexpectedly bonding with an ornery cow.

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Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eagar
ISBN: 9780763679224
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
At first, twelve-year-old Carol is not happy to be spending the summer helping her parents move her grandfather to an assisted living home, but as the summer wears on, she finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by his amazing stories.

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Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes
ISBN: 9781629797403
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.

 

What is the Caldecott Medal?

The following is directly quoted from the American Library Association's (ALA) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 

Click here for a list of past Caldecott Medal and Honor Book Winners.

 

Caldecott Presentation

 

Caldecott Contenders Book Trailers

Book Trailers are an excellent way to communicate the excitement of reading while promoting new or favorite books. Book Trailers for Mock  Caldecott Book Contenders

 

This is a Tribe of Kids

 

A Morning with Grandpa

 

Twenty Yawns

 

quickest kid in clarkville

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The Quickest Kid in Clarksville - Pat Zietlow Miller; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452129365
Publication Date: 2016-02-09
Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta's family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers--but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph's three Olympic gold medals.

Newbery Caldecott Winners Chapter Books

The John Newbery Award is awarded each year by the American Library Association for the most distinguished book in children and  juvenile  literature.The Newbery Award Medal is named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery.

Newbery Medal

 

More Mock Newbery Medal Contenders

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Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
ISBN: 9781101994825
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran"--.

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Ghost - Jason Reynolds
ISBN: 9781481450157
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential"--.

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Raymie Nightingale - Kate DiCamillo
ISBN: 9780763681173
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

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Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard - Jonathan Auxier
ISBN: 9781419717475
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
"Twelve-year-old Sophie knows little beyond the four walls of her father's bookshop, where she repairs old books and dreams of escaping the confines of her dull life. But when a strange boy and his talking cat/horse companion show up with a rare and mysterious book, she finds herself pulled into an adventure beyond anything she has ever read"--.

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Cloud and Wallfish - Anne Nesbet
ISBN: 9780763688035
Publication Date: 2016-09-02
When his parents pick him up from school and take him to the airport, Noah is rushed to East Berlin where he confronts secrets about his and his family's true identities.

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Some Writer! - Melissa Sweet
ISBN: 9780544319592
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
In this stunning, first-ever fully-illustrated biography of legendary author E.B. White, Sibert medalist and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet uses White's letters, photos, and mementos, as well as her original collaged art, to tell the true story of one of the most beloved authors of all time.

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Some Writer! - Melissa Sweet
ISBN: 9780544319592
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
In this stunning, first-ever fully-illustrated biography of legendary author E.B. White, Sibert medalist and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet uses White's letters, photos, and mementos, as well as her original collaged art, to tell the true story of one of the most beloved authors of all time.

 

Caldecott Contenders

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The Night Gardener - Terry Fan (Illustrator); Eric Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481439787
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
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.

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This Is Not a Picture Book! - Sergio Ruzzier
ISBN: 9781452129075
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Duck finds a book and is surprised to discover that there are books with words and no pictures--and that even without pictures a book can interest and excite you.

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Freedom in Congo Square - Carole Boston Weatherford; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781499801033
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
A poetic tribute to a lesser-known event in African-American history describes how after working relentlessly for more than six days, slaves in 19th-century New Orleans were permitted to congregate in Congo Square to sing, dance and put aside their troubles for a few hours.

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Maybe Something Beautiful - F. Isabel Campoy; Theresa Howell; Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544357693
Publication Date: 2016-04-12
n this exuberant picture book about transformation through art, Mira lives in a gray urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and hope to the neighborhoo

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Hensel and Gretel, Ninja Chicks - Corey Rosen Schwartz; Rebecca J. Gomez; Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399176265
Publication Date: 2016-05-24
Ninja sisters Hensel and Gretel must rescue their parents from the cornbread cottage of a wily fox.

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The Water Princess - Susan Verde; Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator); Georgie Badiel
ISBN: 9780399172588
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
"The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village"--

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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles - Michelle Cuevas; Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803738683
Publication Date: 2016-08-23
The whimsical story a man who has spent his life delivering the messages found in ocean bottles and the day he receives a message that turns out to be a party invitation"--.

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A Poem for Peter - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Steve Johnson (Illustrator); Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780425287682
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day"--.

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Some Writer! - Melissa Sweet
ISBN: 9780544319592
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
In this stunning, first-ever fully-illustrated biography of legendary author E.B. White, Sibert medalist and Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet uses White's letters, photos, and mementos, as well as her original collaged art, to tell the true story of one of the most beloved authors of all time.

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The Storyteller - Evan Turk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481435185
Publication Date: 2016-06-28
In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.

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The Cat from Hunger Mountain - Ed Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399172786
Publication Date: 2016-11-15
Lord Cat lives a lavish lifestyle until drought strikes Hunger Mountain, but when he goes to seek sustenance, he finds much more than food.

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Excellent Ed - Stacy McAnulty; Julia Sarcone-Roach (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553510232
Publication Date: 2016-05-17
Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent, except Ed the dog, who is determined to find something at which he, too, can excel.

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Little Elliot, Big Fun - Mike Curato (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805098273
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Elliot the little elephant is terrified when his friend Mouse introduces him to the carnival, but Mouse helps him to have fu

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Cricket Song - Anne Hunter
ISBN: 9780544582590
Publication Date: 2016-03-01
As crickets sing in the breeze, hunting owls watch over the bay, and sea otters doze on the tide, two children on different continents go to bed.

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City Shapes - Diana Murray; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316370929
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
"A young girl walks through the bustling city, while a pigeon flies above, both spotting hidden shapes at every turn"--.

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Little Penguins - Cynthia Rylant; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553507706
Publication Date: 2016-10-25

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The Princess and the Warrior - Duncan Tonatiuh
ISBN: 9781419721304
Publication Date: 2016-09-20

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Giant Squid - Candace Fleming; Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596435995
Publication Date: 2016-09-27

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Hippopotamister - John Patrick Green
ISBN: 9781626722002
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
The zoo isn't what it used to be. It's run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he'll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He's a good employee, whether he's a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

 

Mock Contenders for Newbery Medal Books

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill
ISBN: 9781616205676
Publication Date: 2016-08-09
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.

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Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545540612
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
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 home is haunted, and Maya sets her heart on meeting a ghost.

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When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125925
Publication Date: 2016-10-04
When her grandmother is kidnapped, Pinmei, accompanied by her friend Yishan, embarks on a search for the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night, which she intends to give the cruel Tiger Emperor in exchange for her grandmother.

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Full of Beans - Jennifer L. Holm
ISBN: 9780553510362
Publication Date: 2016-08-30
Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

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Towers Falling - Jewell Parker Rhodes
ISBN: 9780316262224
Publication Date: 2016-07-12
While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.

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Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson
ISBN: 9780062338174
Publication Date: 2016-06-21
Loving their gifted teacher, who makes them feel like the indignity of school is somehow worthwhile, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.

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A Poem for Peter - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Steve Johnson (Illustrator); Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780425287682
Publication Date: 2016-11-01
A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day"--

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The Best Man - Richard Peck
ISBN: 9780803738393
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never for

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