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January 7, 2016: Youth Service’s Mock Awards

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the WHI Auditorium/Gallery

This event will be open to those working in school, public, academic, & special libraries, the book publishing industry, library school students and adults interested in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

This is not an event for Children or Teens.

MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW SOON, check for updates, including reading lists for all three awards, event timings, networking & discussion information and the event food menu.

For more information you can contact either of the following librarians:

Sarah Rodriguez or
Elizabeth Coppola

Indicate in the notes field whether you would like to attend the Caldecott, Newbery, or Printz discussion.

Register here.

Other Information:

When Registering: Indicate in the notes field whether you would like to attend the Caldecott, Newbery, or Printz discussion.

Recap of 2013 WLA/WLS Mock Awards

This past Wednesday night was the WLA/WLS Mock Awards event. There was a small but lively group in attendance, and we hope to grow in future years. There was time for a pizza dinner and networking, followed by breakout discussions, and then we regrouped to announce the winners.

Mock Caldecott Winner
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and illustrated by David Small
caldecott winner
Mock Caldecott HonorsBaby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Adam Rex

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

caldecott chloeFor the Mock Caldecott discussion, we started by looking at each book one by one. Since this award is meant to be for the illustrations, with story as a secondary consideration, we discussed the books as we turned the pages without reading.
caldecott books

Some books were clearly disliked by a majority of us. Machines Go To Work In the City had beautiful pictures, but the page flaps that open in different directions are sure to be ripped easily, which we didn’t like. Others, like Baby Bear Sees Blue, were controversial — in this case, because while we loved the pictures, the title didn’t seem to fit with what the story is truly about (but as the books should not be judged on the title, this book ended up getting high marks).

After discussing all ten books, we chose five books to remove from our selection pool, then voted on the final five. The top vote-getter became our winner and the rest are our honor books.

Mock Caldecott discussion notes (PDF)


Mock Newbery Winner
Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Mock Newbery Honors
Wonder by R.J. Polacio

Splendors & Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

newbery discussionMiriam, who was a part of this discussion group, wrote up a summary (thanks Miriam!), which you can read: mock newbery

Here (left), Bonnie tells everyone else in attendance about the group’s voting process.



Mock Printz Winner
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Mock Printz Honors
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Every Day by David Levithan

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan

printz books
(Summary of Printz group discussion coming soon)




printz group