At the end of January, a small group of experts select an illustrator to give the honor of the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, published in the previous year.


Stop by the Orange Branch Library and browse through some of the rumored possible Caldecott winners displayed by the Check Out desk. Then write the title on a voting slip to let your opinion be heard! If your favorite book of 2012 is not on the display, you can write that title on the voting slip!

Can’t make it to the Orange Branch? Leave a comment here to tell us your favorite book illustrations of 2012! To comment: Click on the blog title above. After being redirected to a different page, click on “Add a new comment” at the bottom.

Here is a list of some of the books that are getting a lot of buzz! Is your favorite here? Does something not belong? We want to hear what you think!

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

Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Homer by Elisha Cooper

Hello! Hello! By Matthew Cordell

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed  Young

Oh No! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein


The Mock Caldecott winner will be announced the week of January 28th, along with the official Caldecott winner.

Orange Branch’s Mock Caldecott