The Sonoma County Library will host its fourth annual Mock Caldecott Contest from Jan. 2 through Jan. 23. The contest is a straw vote, open to all, to select the best picture book published in 2018.

Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions — A young voter checks out the competition and makes his selection in the Mock Caldecott Contest at the Sonoma County Library. 

The prestigious Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19th 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.

Eight books, selected by library staff, all fit the criteria of books considered for the Caldecott Medal. Ballots will be available in all library branches and online at All libraries have reserve sets available of all eight books, offering readers the chance to read (or listen to) all the nominees and vote right there.


Choices — Sample ballot for voting in the Mock Caldecott contest at the Sonoma County Library. 

This year’s Mock Caldecott Award nominees are “The Big Umbrella” written and illustrated by Amy June Bates & Juniper Bates; “The Sequoia Lives On” written by Joanna Cooke, illustrated by Fiona Hsieh; “Hello Lighthouse” written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall; “Julián is a Mermaid” written and illustrated by Jessica Love; “If I Had a Horse” written and illustrated by Gianna Marino; “Drawn Together” written by Lê, Minh, illustrated by Dan Santat; “Ocean Meets Sky” written and illustrated by the Fan Brothers; and “Dreamers” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.

Voting will be open from Jan. 2 through Jan. 23. Sonoma County’s winners will be announced in your local branch and online on Jan. 25.

– Heather Bailey

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