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The Caldecott Medal Grade 2 Style

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. The 2019 winner was Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Lower School Librarian, Meagan Lenihan works with Grade 2 on a Mock Caldecott unit each year. She sees this as a great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in great literature, organize their thoughts about stories, empower them as readers and to build community.

The girls read 20 contenders for the award, listed below.  They each created an actual award using the iPads, which were printed on labels. During the awards ceremony, each girl placed her award on her winning book. Children are always finding books with awards from previous years when visiting the Library! This year the winning books were A Piglet Named Mercy with eight awards, The Rabbit Listened with two awards and I am a Cat, Dreamers, They Say Blue, Zola’s Elephant, and Ocean Meets Sky each with one award!

The books read were:

Drawn Together by Mihn Le, illustrated by Dan Santat

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

What Do You Do With a Voice Like This? By Chris Barton and Ekva Holmes

Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Emily Hughes

Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora

Adrain Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell, illustrated by Corinna Luyken

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Alma by Juana Martinez­Neal

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfield

Zola’s Elephant by Randall de Seve, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Love by Matt DeLa Pena, illustrated by Loren Long

I am A Cat by Gaila Bernstein

Imagine by Juane Felipe Herrara, illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen