2020 CaldeNott Results!

2020 caldenott book pile

This past Saturday, a lovely and lively group of picture-book-loving librarians, students, and authors spent the afternoon in mock committee mode. We discussed 14 titles in all, none of them eligible for the actual award, evaluating them against the terms and criteria used by the official Caldecott Medal awards committee. After nearly two hours of discussion, two rounds of balloting, and many cookies, we ended up with a clear winner and three outstanding honor books.

CaldeNott Honors go to:

Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)

Small in the City by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books)

Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home by Guojing (Schwartz & Wade)


And the 2020 CaldeNott Award goes to:

The Moose of Ewenki


The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, illustrated by Jui Er (Greystone Kids)




Many thanks to Keary Bramwell, for all her work to make the BCLC CaldeNott awards a success, and to the “committee members” for making the awards process so much fun!

Raising Readers: A Review of Mousie, I Will Read to You


Mousie, I Will Read to You
Rachael Cole & Melissa Crowton
Schwartz & Wade Books, November 2018

Young Mousie grows up a reader in this new picture book written by Rachael Cole and illustrated by Melissa Crowton. Mama Mouse takes every opportunity to read to Mousie, from “Long before the words make sense,” to “In the middle of the night,” and “When morning comes.” In this way, Mousie goes from avid listener to a reader himself, choosing his own books and reading them by flashlight after bedtime. The cycle of reading continues as Mousie begins a family of his own.

Digital artwork in soft, primary colors centers on Mousie growing up with his mother and their life together. Small details like background art, book covers, and Mousie’s own toys add to the enjoyment of turning the page. Mousie, I Will Read to You ends with a page of tips for “Raising a Reader,” from Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including ways to make reading together enjoyable and beneficial.