The results of the East Holmes 2017 Mock Caldecott voting are in, and the winner for the best picture book is . . . 

Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Robin James.

This beautiful picture book follows the journey of a young gray wolf who garnered nationwide attention when he became the first wild wolf in California in almost a century. Using facts recorded by Fish & Wildlife scientists, author Emma Bland Smith imagines the wolf’s experiences in close detail as he makes an epic 2,000-mile trek over three years time. The wolf’s story is interwoven with the perspective of a young girl who follows his trek through the media. As she learns more about wolves and their relationships with humans, she becomes determined to find a way to keep him safe by making him a wolf that is too famous to harm. [Amazon review.]
Our East Holmes 2017 Mock Caldecott Honor books are...
Penguin Problems, by Jory John and illustrated by Lane Smith
Return, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker
The Cookie Fiasco, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

East Holmes "The Best Children's Books of 2016" Workshop Results...
Teachers from across the district, attending McKey's Malone workshop class, recently served as a mock Caldecott panel.  This group of East Holmes teachers selected Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, by Susan Hood and illustrated by Salley Wern Comport as their Mock Caldecott winner.  Before Morning, by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes was selected as their Mock Caldecott Honor book.   

Welcome to the East Holmes Mock Caldecott site. Here, you can explore some of the best picture books published in 2016.  East Holmes students and staff experienced, reviewed, and voted on a collection of twenty picture books.  Although voting has ended, you may continue to experience this collection of outstanding picture books.  Click on "Picture Books 2016/2017" and select a book title from the left sidebar menu to get started.  Here is a printable listing of the East Holmes Mock Caldecott Nominees. 

The ALA Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Monday, January 23, 2017.  Learn the criteria for the selection of the Caldecott Medal winner by reviewing the Caldecott Medal Terms & Criteria

2017 Randolph Caldecott Award 
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe

Honor Books: 
They All Saw a Cat, by Brandan Wenzel (selected by five East Holmes students)
Du iz tak?, by Carson Ellis (selected by two East Holmes mock selection committee members)
Freedom in Congo Square, by Carole Boston Weatherford
Leave Me Alone, by Vera Brosgol

Past Mock Sites:
The winner of our 2016 East Holmes Mock Caldecott, a listing of past nominees, and reader reviews are posted under Results 2015/16
The winner of our 2015 East Holmes Mock Caldecott and all the books and reviews from last year are posted under Results 2014/15

Tell us about your favorite picture books!  Please submit a Mock Caldecott book review after you read each book.  We will post your review, upon review.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  Please do not spoil the story for other readers when you write your review! 

Please print this paper review form to share with students that are unable to submit online reviews. Please send paper reviews to Mr. McKey or Mrs. Pringle.

Mock Caldecott Book Review Form 16/17