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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.

Antony, Steve.  Unplugged  K 11/15/17

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

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

Blexbolex. Vacation. PW 1/8/18

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

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

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

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

Danowski, Sonja.  Smon Smon  K 1/1/18

de la Pena, Matt. Love. PW 10/9/17, K 12/15/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, K 12/15/17

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

Laden, Nina.  Peek-A-Moo  K 1/1/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul, Baptiste.  The Field  K 12/15/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tamaki, Jillian. They Say Blue. PW 1/1/18

Thompson, Carol.  Sol  K 1/1/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  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.