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LARC Mocks: 2018 Picture Books

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

Picture Books

Please alpha by author. If title is already on the list, please add abbreviation and date to it. (PW = Publishers Weekly, SLJ = School Library Journal, HB = Horn Book, Kirkus = K, Booklist = BL The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books = BCCB (feel free to add other journal titles and abbreviations.

Adbage, Lisen  Koko and Bo  K 3/15/18

Alexander, Jed. Red. PW 2/12/18

Angleberger, Tom.  The Princess and the Pit Stop.  BL 4/15/18

Antony, Steve.  Unplugged  K 11/15/17

Averbeck, Jim  Two Problems for Sophia  K 5/1/15

Barnett, Mac. Square. PW 3/5/18, SLJ 4/18

Bat Zvi, Pnina & Wolfe, Margie  The Promise  K 3/1/18

Becker, Aaron.  A Stone for Sascha  SLJ 4/18, K 3/15/18

Bee, William.  Stanley's Numbers  K 1/1/18

Berger, Samantha  Snail Mail  K 3/15/18

Bernstein, Galia  I Am a Cat  SLJ 12/17, PW 12/4/17

Briere-Haquet, Alice.  NINA Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist  K 11/1/17

Blackall, Sophie. Hello Lighthouse. PW 1/22/18, SLJ 1/18, BL 2/1/18

Blexbolex. Vacation. PW 1/8/18

Bliss, Harry. Grace for Gus. PW 11/20/17

Bozzi, Riccardo. The Forest. PW 5/7/18

Bruchac, Joseph Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story  K 3/1/18

Buitrago, Jairo. On the Other Side of the Garden. PW 12/18/17, K 1/15/18, SLJ 2/18

Chedru, Delphine  Who's the Biggest? K 5/1/18

Clarke-Robinson, Monica.  Let the Children March  K 11/1/17

Coat, Janik.  Llamaphones.  BL 4/15/18

Collier, Brian. It's Shoe Time! HB 1-2 /18

Compestine, Ying Change. The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes. PW 10/23/17

Coppo, Marianna. Petra. PW 11/20/17, K 12/15/17

Crowe, Carmen. Four Little Pigs. PW 1/1/18

Cuevas, Michelle. The Town of Turtle. PW 2/19/18

Daciute, Evelina  The Fox on the Swing  K 4/1/18

Danowski, Sonja.  Smon Smon  K 1/1/18

de Arias, Patricia  Marwan's Journey  K 3/15/18

Delacroix, Sibylle.  Grains of Sand.  BL 3/1/18

de la Pena, Matt. Love. PW 10/9/17, K 12/15/17, SLJ 1/18, HB 3-4/18

dePaola, Tomie. In a Small Kingdom. PW 1/22/18

Desmond, Jenni  Albert's Tree  K 3/1/18

Diaz, Junot. Islandborn. PW 12/18/17, SLJ 2/18

Dillon, Diane.  I Can Be Anything!  Don't Tell Me I Can't!  K 12/15/17

Doerrfeld, Cori.  The Rabbit Listened  K 11/15/17, PW 11/27/17

Dunbar, Polly  A Lion Is A Lion  K 3/1/18

Elliott, David.  In The Past K 12/15/17

Engle, Margarita.  The Flying Girl K 12/15/17

Everson, Caroline  Song On The Wind  K 3/1/18

Fan, Terry.  Ocean Meets Sky.  PW 2/26/18, BL  3/1/18, K 4/1/18

Fleming, Denise. This is the Nest That Robin Built. HB 3-4/18

Florian, Douglas. Play! Play! Play! PW 1/1/18

Fogliano, Julie.  A House That Once Was.  BL 4/15/18, K 3/15/18

Fox, Mem. Ducks Away! HB 01-2/18

Franceschelli, Christopher.  K 1/1/18

Gehl, Laura.  I Got a Chicken for My Birthday K 1/15/18

Gigot, Jami. Seb and the Sun. BL 1/1/18

Haack, Daniel  Prince & Knight  K 4/1/18

Hall, Kristen. The Honeybee. BL 2/15/18

Hall, Michael. Little i. HB 01-2/18

Himmelman, John  Floaty  SLJ 1/18

Hobbie, Holly. Elmore. PW 10/30/17

Howell, Troy.  Whale in a Fishbowl.  BL 3/15/18, K 3/1/18

Hurst, Elise.  Adelaide's Secret World  K 11/15/17

Idle, Molly.  Flora and the Ostrich An Opposites Book K 1/1/18

James, Matt  The Funeral  SLJ 2/18, BL 2/1/18, PW 2/12/18

Jocelyn, Marthe.  One Red Button  K 1/1/18

Johnson, Mariana Ruiz. While You Are Sleeping. PW 10/30/17

Kerascoet  I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness  SLJ 12/17, PW 12/11/17, K 12/15/17

Kheiriyeh, Rashin.  Saffron Ice Cream  SLJ 4/18

Kuefler, Joseph.  The Digger and the Flower   K 10/15/2017, SLJ 12/17

Laden, Nina.  Peek-A-Moo  K 1/1/18

Lam, Thao. Wallpaper. PW 2/19/18

Latham, Irene.  Can I Touch Your Hair?  Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship   K 10/15/2017

Ledyard, Stephanie Parsley.  Pie is for Sharing.  BL 4/15/18, K 3/15/18

Le, Minh  Drawn Together  K 5/1/18

Leet, Rhonda  Franny's Father is a Feminist  K 4/1/18

Lendroth. Susan. Natsumi! BL 2/1/18

Lies, Brian.  The Rough Patch.  BL 5/1/18

Light, Steve  Black Bird Yellow Sun SLJ 2/18

Lilly, Elizabeth.  Geraldine  SLJ 4/18, K 4/1/18

Love, Jessica. Julian is a Mermaid. PW 3/5/18, K 3/15/18

Lukoff, Kyle  A Storytelling of Ravens  K 3/15/18

Maclear, Kyo.  Bloom K 12/15/17

Mantchev, Lisa.  Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime  K 11/15/17

Mara, Nichole.  All Aboard!  Let's Ride a Train  K 1/1/18

Marino, Gianna.  If I Had a Horse  K 11/1/17

Martinez-Neal, Juana. Alma and How She Got Her Name. PW 1/29/18 BL 2/1/18

McAnulty, Stacy  Max Explains Everything  K 3/1/18

McClure, Nikki  The Great Chicken Escape  K 3/1/18

McKinnon, Natalie  Seed Magic  K 3/1/18

McNamara, Margaret.  The Dinosaur Expert.  BL 5/1/18

Melmed, Laura Krauss  Daddy, Me and the Magic Hour  K 4/1/18

Meloy, Colin. The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger. PW 3/5/18

Miller, Pat Zietlow. Be Kind. PW 12/4/17

Morris, Jackie. Mrs. Noah's Pockets. PW 1/8/18, K 3/1/18

Morris, Richard T.  Sheep 101  K 1/1/18

Munro, Roxie.  Rodent Rascals K 1/15/18

Murphy, Mary.  Mouse is Small  K 1/1/18

Oguma, Koki & Wolf, Gita  The Barber's Dilemma And Other Stories from Manmaru Street  K 4/15/18

O'Leary, Sara.  The Boy and the Blue Moon  K 12/15/17

Paul, Baptiste.  The Field  K 12/15/17, BL 2/1/18

Penfold, Alexandra. The Littlest Viking. PW 11/13/17

Peoples-Riley, Daria  This Is It  SLJ 1/18

Pfeffer, Rubin.  Summer Supper.  BL 3/1/18, K 4/1/18

Phelan, Matt. Pignic. PW 12/11/17

Pimentel, Annette Bay.  Girl Running  K 11/15/17

Ponti, Claude  Hiznobyuti  K 4/15/18

Ramesh, Madhuri & Chandi, Manish  Walking Is A Way of Knowing In a Kadar Forest  K 4/15/18

Raschka, Chris. New Shoes. PW 2/26/18

Reynolds, Aaron.  Dude!  BL  3/15/18

Rosenstock, Barb. Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. PW 4/9/18

Rubin, Sean. Bolivar. BL 2/1/18

Ruiz, Mariana Johnson.  While You Are Sleeping   K 10/15/2017

Salmieri, Daniel.  Bear and Wolf  SLJ 4/18

Sandall, Ellie.  Everybunny Count!   K 10/15/2017

Scanlon, Liz Garton  Kate, Who Tamed the Wind  SLJ 12/17, K 11/15/17

Scanlon, Liz Garton & Audrey Vernick.  Dear Substitute.  BL 5/1/18

Scholastic.  Beep Beep Robot!  A Spinning Gears Book  K 1/1/18

Scotto, Thomas  Jerome By Heart  K 3/15/18

Sierra, Judy.  The Great Dictionary Caper. PW 10/23/17,  K 11/1/17

Sima, Jessie. Harriet Gets Carried Away. PW 1/15/18

Singh, Rina. Holi Colors. PW 1/1/18

Soosh  Dad By My Side  K 4/1/18

Spanyol, Jessica.  Clive is a Nurse K 1/1/18

Spurr, Elizabeth.  In the Snow K 1/1/18

Stead, Philip C. All the Animals Where I Live. PW 12/18/17

Stead, Philip C. Vernon is on His Way: Small Stories. PW 4/9/18

Stein, David Ezra  Honey  SLJ 1/18

Sullivan, Mary. Nobody's Duck. PW 11/20/17

Tamaki, Jillian. They Say Blue. PW 1/1/18, SLJ 2/18, BL 2/15/18

Tey, Priscilla. In-Between Things. PW 3/19/18

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah. Mommy's Khimar. PW 1/29/18

Thompson, Carol.  Sol  K 1/1/18

Trimmer, Christian. Teddy's Favorite Toy. PW 12/4/17

Turk, Evan.  Heartbeat. PW 4/9/18,  BL 4/15/18

Twohy, Mike  Stop, Go, Yes, No! A Story of Opposites  K 5/1/15

Urban, Linda.  Mabel and Sam at Home.  BL 5/1/18

Usher, Sam  Sun  K 4/15/18

Valdez, Patricia. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman who Loved Reptiles. PW 2/19/18

Valerio, Geraldo. Blue Rider. PW 1/1/18, K 1/15/18

Yamasaki, Katie  When the Cousins Came  K 5/1/18

VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig.  Dreaming of You K 1/1/18

Verde, Susan  Rock 'N Roll Soul  K 3/1/18

Vere, Ed How To Be a Lion  K 4/1/18

Vignocci, Chiara. Shake the Tree! BCCB 1/18

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau.  The Spirit Trackers K 1/15/18

Wallace, Sandra Neil.  Between the Lines K 12/15/17

Walker, Anna.  Florette  K 12/1/17

Walters, Eric.  Bedtime 1 2 3  K 1/1/18

Walters, Eric.  From the Heart of Africa A Book of Wisdom  K 11/1/17

Watkins, Rowboat. Big Bunny. PW 2/26/18

Wells, Rosemary.  Fiona's Little Accident  K 11/1/17

Wenzel, Brendan. Hello Hello. PW 1/8/18

Westib, Robert Paul. Sakura's Cherry Blossoms. BL 1/1/18

Wheeler, Lisa. People Don't Bite People. BL 1/1/18, PW 2/12/18

Wiesner, David  I Got It!  PW 1/29/18 SLJ 2/18

Willems, Mo. A Busy Creature's Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. PW 1/22/18, BL 2/1/18, SLJ 4/18

Wittenstein, Barry.  The Boo-Boos that Changed the World  K 12/15/17

Wright, Richard.  Seeing Into Tomorrow K 12/15/17

Yang, James. Bus! Stop! PW 12/18/17

Yelchin, Eugene  Pip & Pup  K 3/1/18

Yeomans, Ellen. The Other Ducks. PW 3/19/18, BL 4/1/18, K 3/15/18


  1. In identifying a “distinguished American picture book for children,” defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:
    1. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;
    2. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;
    3. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;
    4. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;
    5. Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.
  2. The only limitation to graphic form is that the form must be one which may be used in a picture book. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound, film or computer program) for its enjoyment.
  3. Each book is to be considered as a picture book. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the illustration, but other components of a book are to be considered especially when they make a book less effective as a children’s picture book. Such other components might include the written text, the overall design of the book, etc.

Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for distinguished illustrations in a picture book and for excellence of pictorial presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent or for popularity.