The Outer Cape Mock Caldecott 2023

9th Annual Outer Cape Mock Caldecott

(Click to listen to our 2020 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. Last year Truro Library patrons and students from Truro Central School chose Wishes, illustrated by Victo Ngai and written by Mượn Thị Văn!

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 HERE. Voting ends Friday, January 27, 2023 and we will announce our winner on January 28, 2023.

Outer Cape Mock Caldecott representatives from the Provincetown Schools, the Provincetown Public Library, the Truro Central School, and the Truro Public Library have selected six contenders for the 2023 Outer Cape Mock Caldecott:

2023 Outer Cape Mock Caldecott

Book Cover for Berry Song, illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Berry Song
illustrated and written by Michaela Goade

Book Cover for Blue: A History of the Color As Deep As the Sea and As Wide As the Sky

Blue: A History of the Color As Deep As the Sea and As Wide As the Sky
illustrated by Daniel Minter and written by Nana Edua Brew-Hammond

Book Cover for The Circles in the Sky

Circles in the Sky
illustrated and written by Karl James Mountford

Book Cover for Hope Is An Arrow

Hope is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese-American Poet Khalil Gibran
illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Cory McCarthy

Book Cover for Kick Push

Kick Push
illustrated and written by Frank Morrison

Book Cover for Out of a Jar

Out of a Jar
illustrated and written by Deborah Marcero