The Outer Cape Mock Caldecott 2021

Join us for our seventh Annual Mock Caldecott!

(Click to listen to our podcast with Barbara Klipper about
how our Mock Caldecott began and became what it is now!)

Every year, the Association of Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist(s) of the most distinguished American children’s picture book. Provincetown and Truro Libraries, with the participation of our patrons, mirror this process by choosing a book to honor with our own “mock” Caldecott award. Truro Library patrons and students from Truro Central School chose The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander, as our Mock Caldecott winner of 2020, which was also chosen as the official Caldecott medal winner!

We encourage all of our patrons to participate and become part of the “Mock Caldecott Committee.” You might like to watch this video called Mock Caldecott: How to Choose, which features Barbara Klipper, or look at her slideshow, to review criteria and “points to consider” when making your selection. From there, you can request each of the books from the library along with a physical paper ballot, or download the ebooks (we recommend Overdrive on a computer over Libby on a device, so you can see the two-page spread, but either will work).  After enjoying the books, fill out the paper ballot (you can download it here) and drop it off at the library, or use the online ballot available on our website. Voting ends January 16th, 2021 and we will announce our winner on January 19, 2021. The official Caldecott medal winner is announced on January 25, 2021.

Assisted by 2015 Caldecott Committee member and local resident Barbara Klipper, this year we have six books in consideration for the Mock Caldecott:


Outer Cape Mock Caldecott 2021

Vote for your favorites through January 16, 2021. Click on a book to find it in the CLAMS catalog.

Outside In,
illustrated by Cindy Derby,
written by Deborah Underwood

The Old Truck,
by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey

We Are Water Protectors,
illustrated by Michaela Goade,
written by Carole Lindstrom

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera,
illustrated by Eric Rohmann,
written by Candace Fleming

Black Is a Rainbow Color,
illustrated by Ekua Holmes,
written by Angela Joy

illustrated by Dan Santat,
written by Minh Lê