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LARC Mocks: 2015 Picture Books

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

Starred Reviews

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)

Agee, Jon. It's Only Stanley. PW 1/12/15 HB 5-6/2015

Angleberger, Tom. McToad Mows Tiny Island. PW 6/8/15

Applet, Kathi. Counting Crows. PW 12/22/14, BL 2/15/15

Appelt, Kathi  When Otis Courted Mama  K 11/1/14, SLJ 1/15

Argueta, Jorge.  Sala: Un Poema Para cocinar/A Cooking Poem SLJ 3/15

Arnold, Marsha Diane. Lost. Found. PW 8/24/15

Arnold, Tedd  Vincent Paints His House  K 5/15/15

Ashdown, Rebecca  Bob and Flo  K 6/1/15

Ashman, Linda. Over the River & Through the Wood: A Holiday Adventure. PW 9/14/15

Atinuke  Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus!  K 5/15/15

Averbeck, Jim  One Word from Sophia  K 3/15/15

Bagley, Jessixa. Boats for Papa. PW 4/27/15, BL 5/1/15, K 4/15/15

Bailey, Linda. When Santa was a Baby. PW 9/14/15

Bang, Molly. When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt. PW 9/21/15

Banks, Kate. Max's Math. PW 1/5/15

Barnett, Mac. Leo: A Ghost Story. PW 6/1/15, K 6/15/15, BL 7/15/15 SLJ 9/15

Barnett, Mac.  The Skunk.  SLJ 3/15 HB, 7-8/15; BCCB 7- 8/15

Barton, Bethany  I'm Trying to Love Spiders  K 4/1/15

Barton, Byron   My Bike  K 12/15/14, BL 2/15/15 HB 5-6/15

Baumgarten, Bret & Otoshi, Kathryn. Beautiful Hands. BL 7/15/15

Bean, Johnathan.  This is My Home.  This is My School SLJ 8/15

Beaton, Kate  The Princess and the Pony  K 4/1/15, BL 5/1/15

Beaumont, Karen  Crybaby  K 6/15/15, BL 8/15/15

Beaumont, Karen. Wild About Us! BL 3/15/15

Bee, William  Worst in Show  K 10/15/14

Bell, Cece. I am a Donkey.  PW 4/13/15, HB 5-6/15

Berger, Carin  Finding Spring  K 11/15/14

Berry, Lynne  Pig and Pug  K 4/1/15

Best, Cari  My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay  K 11/1/14

Biddulph, Rob  Blown Away  K 11/1/14

Blanco, Richard  One Today  K 8/1/15, PW 8/17/15

Bond, Rebecca  Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Elephant  K 4/15/15, BCCB 9/15

Borando, Silvia  Black Cat, White Cat  K 6/1/15

Bouchard, David  The Song Within My Heart  K 8/1/15 

Brett, Jan. The Turnip. PW 8/17/15

Brown, Marc. Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten. PW 5/11/15, SLJ 8/15

Bruel, Nick  A Wonderful Year  K 10/15/14

Bryan, Ashley  By Trolley Past Thimbledon Bridge K 3/1/15

Buitrago, Jairo  Two White Rabbits  K 9/1/15

Bunting, Eve  Yard Sale  K 2/1/15, SLJ 1/15

Burke, Zoe. + PW 8/3/15

Buzzeo, Toni. Whose Tools? PW 4/13/15

Carle, Eric  The Nonsense Show  K 8/15/15, BL 7/15/15, SLJ 8/15

Carroll, James  Papa's Backpack  K 5/15/15

Carter, David A. If You're a Robot and You Know It. PW 7/6/15

Chaud, Benjamin. The Bear's Surprise. PW 9/28/15

Child, Lauren. The New Small Person. BL 3/1/15, BCCB 4/15

Christie, R. Gregory.  Mousetropolis. SLJ 8/15

Clanton, Ben  Something Extraordinary  K 3/15/15

Climo, Liz. Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad. PW 4/13/15

Coat, Janik. Rhymoceros. PW 2/9/15

Colfer, Eoin. Imaginary Fred. PW 7/6/15

Cooper, Elisha. 8: An Animal Alphabet. PW 6/8/15,  K 4/15/15, BL 5/15/15

Cronin, Doreen  Boom Snot Twitty This Way That Way  K 4/1/15

Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! PW 9/14/15, K 9/1/15

Cronin, Doreen. Smick! SLJ 2/15, BCCB 3/15

Cronin, Doreen  Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!  K 5/15/15

Cullen, Lynn  Dear Mr. Washington  K 11/15/14

Curato, Mike. Little Elliot, Big Family. PW 7/13/15, K 8/1/15

Danticat, Edwidge  Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation  K 7/1/15 SLJ 9/15

Davies, Matt. Ben Draws Trouble.  SLJ 1/15

Davies, Nicola. I (Don't) Like Snakes. PW 8/31/15

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Came Home. PW 6/22/15, BL 8/15/15, SLJ 8/15

Deacon, Alexis  I Am Henry Finch  K 8/15/15

de la Pena, Matt  Last Stop on Market Street  K 11/1/14

De Kinder, Jan. Red. BL 5/1/15

Deedman, Heidi. Too Many Toys! PW 7/20/15

De Paola, Tomie  Look and Be Grateful  K 8/1/15

Diggs, Taye  Mixed Me!  K 8/1/15, SLJ 8/15, PW 9/28/15

DiPucchio, Kelly  Everyone Loves Bacon  K 6/15/15

Dubuc, Marianne  The Bus Ride  K 12/15/14

Dubuc, Marianne  Mr. Postmouse's Rounds  K 5/15/15

Dyckman, Ame. Wolfie the Bunny. SLJ 2/15, PW 12/8/14

Edwards, Gareth. Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner. BCCB 6/15

Ellis, Carson. Home. PW 11/24/14, BL 1/15/15

Engle, Margarita  Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music  K 12/15/14

Escoffier, Michael  Where's the Baboon?  K 9/15/15, BL 10/1/15

Ewert, Marcus. Mummy Cat. BL 5/1/15, K 8/1/15

Feeney, Tatyana  Small Elephant's Bathtime  K 1/15/15

Fergus, Maureen. Buddy and Earl. BL 8/15/15

Ferri, Giuliano. Peekaboo. PW 4/13/15, 

Ferry, Beth. Stick and Stone. SLJ 1/15.

Fischer, Jeremie. Wild About Shapes. PW 2/2/15

Fleming, Candace  Bulldozer's Big Day  K 3/15/15

Foster, Jane. Jane Foster's 123. PW 5/18/15

Franceschelli, Christopher. Dinoblock. PW 5/18/15

Freedman, Deborah. By Mouse and Frog. PW 2/16/15, K 2/15/15, BCCB 6/15

French, Vivian. The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. PW 9/28/15, K 9/1/15

Garton, Sam  Otter in Space  K 3/1/15

Gavin, Ciara  Room for Bear  BCCB 4/15

Gerstein, Mordicai  The Night World  K 4/1/15, PW 4/20/15, BL 3/15/15, SLJ 3/15

Golio, Gary.   Bird & Diz.  SLJ 1/15

Goodrich, Carter. We Forgot Brock! PW 5/18/15, BL 8/15/15

Graham, Bob  How the Sun Got to Coco's House  K 7/15/15

Gray, Kes  Frog on a Log?  K 7/15/15

Grimes, Nikki  Chasing Freedom: Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony  K 11/1/14

Guojing  The Only Child K  9/15/15

Hamilton, Libby. The Ultimate Pirate Book. PW 7/6/15

Hammill, Elizabeth  Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes  K 1/1/15, PW 1/26/15

Harris, Robie H. Turtle and Me. PW 2/9/15

Harrison, Hannah E. Bernice Gets Carried Away. PW 4/5/15

Heapy, Teresa. Very Little Cinderella. PW 7/13/15

Heder, Thyra  The Bear Report  K 8/1/15

Henkes, Kevin. Waiting. PW 6/8/15, K 5/15/15, BL 5/15/15

Heo, Yumi. Red Light, Green Light. PW 5/18/15

Higgins, Ryan  Mother Bruce K 9/15/15

Hobbie, Holly. Hansel & Gretel. PW 7/20/15

Hodge, Deborah. West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. PW 9/7/14

Hudson, Katy  Bear and Duck  K 2/15/15

Hughes, Emily. The Little Gardener. PW 5/18/15

Hughes, Shirley  Daisy Saves the Day  K 4/1/15

Hurley, Jorey. Fetch. PW 1/5/15

Hutchins, Hazel  Snap!  K 8/1/15

Ishida, Samae  LIttle Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl  K 3/1/15

Janeczko, Paul  The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects  K 1/1/15

Janisch, Heinz. The King and the Sea. PW 6/22/15,  K 6/15/15

Jeffers, Oliver. The Hueys in What's the Opposite? BL 10/1/15

Jenkins, Emily  A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat  K 11/1/14, BCCB 4/15

Jenkins, Emily  The Fun Book of Scary Stuff  K 8/1/15 SLJ 9/15

Jenkins, Emily. Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures... PW 7/6/15, K 7/1/15

Jenkins, Steve. How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom. PW 8/31/15

John, Jory. I Will Chomp You! BL 8/15/15

Johnson, Stephen  Alphabet School  K 6/1/15

Joyce, William. Billy's Booger. PW 4/20/15

Kennedy, Anne Vittur. Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook.BCCB 9/15

Kim, Hammin  Tiptoe Tapirs  K 8/15/15

Kimmelman, Leslie. Trick Arrr Treat: A Pirate Halloween. PW 7/27/15

Knudsen, Michelle. Marilyn's Monster. PW 1/26/15

Ko, Sanjmi  A Dog Wearing Shoes  K 7/15/15

Kobald, Irena  My Two Blankets  K 7/1/15

Kraegel, Kenneth. The Song of Delphine. BL 4/1/15

Kuegler, Joseph. Beyond the Pond. PW 8/3/15

Kuhlmann, Torben. Moletown. BL 9/1/15

Kwan, James. Dear Yeti. PW 8/31/15

Landstrom, Lena  Where is Pim?  K 2/15/15

Larsen, Andrew  See You Next Year  K 1/15/15, BL 5/1/15

Lawson, JonArno. Sidewalk Flowers. SLJ 2/15, PW 1/12/15, K 1/15/15, BL 3/15/15

Lazar, Tara. Little Gliding Hood. BL 10/1/15

Lewis, Amey  Nipper of Drayton Hall  K 8/1/15

Leathers, Philippa. How to Catch a Mouse BCCB 7-8/15

Lee, JiHyeon. Pool. PW 3/9/15

Lewin, Betsy  Good Knight, Knight  K 3/1/15

Ling, Nancy Tupper  Double Happiness  K 7/1/15

Ling, Nancy Tupper. The Story I'll Tell. P 8/31/15

Lobel, Anita. Playful Pigs from A to Z.  HB 7-8/15

Long, Ethan. Fright Club. PW 7/27/15

Long, Loren. Little Tree. PW 6/29/15, BL 9/1/15

Lynch, P.J.  The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower  K 7/1/15

Lyon, George Ella and Benn Lyon. Boats Float! PW 6/22/15

Mack, Jeff. Look! PW 2/2/15

Maloney, Brenna. Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! PW 11/24/14

Manceau, Edward  Tickle Monster  K 5/15/15

Mann, Jennifer K. I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard. PW 4/13/15

Mansfield, Andy. Journey to the Moon: A Pop-Up Lunar Adventure. PW 7/6/15

Manushkin, Fran. Happy in Our Skin. PW 06/01/15

Manzano, Sonia. Miracle on 133rd Street. PW 9/14/15, K 9/1/15, BL 9/1/15

Marino, Gianna  Night Animals  K 5/1/15, BL 6/1/15

Martin, David  Peep and Ducky Rainy Day  K 11/15/14

Martin, Emily. The Wonderful Things You Will Be: A Growing Up Poem. PW 5/11/15, K 6/15/15

Martins, Isabel  The World in a Second  K 3/1/15

Marzo, Bridget  Tiz and Ott's Big Draw  K 9/15/15

Masessa, Ed. Scarecrow Magic. PW 7/27/15

McClure, Nikki. In. PW 1/19/15

McCully, Emily Arnold  3, 2, 1, GO!  K 3/1/15

McDonnell, Patrick. Thank You and Good Night. PW 8/3/15, K 8/1/15 SLJ 8/15

McGowan, Jayme  One Bear Extraordinaire  K 7/15/15

McKenna, Martin. The Octopuppy. BL 6/1/15

McNamara, Margaret  A Poem in Your Pocket.  K 11/1/14

Medina, Meg. Mango, Abuela and Me. PW 5/25/15, BL 7/15/15

Merritt, Kory  The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York  K 8/1/15

Meyer, Susan Lynn. New Shoes. PW 12/8/14

Miller, Pat  Wherever You Go  K 2/15/15

Miller, Pat Zietlow. Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. PW 8/24/15

Miyakoshi, Akiko. The Tea Party in the Woods. PW 5/18/15, K 5/1/15

Miyares, Daniel.  Float. SLJ 3/15 HB 5-6/2015

Moore, C. Clement. The Night Before Christmas. (ill. by David Ercolini) PW 09/14/2015

Morphurgo, Michael. Half a Man. SLJ 1/15

Muller, Hildegard  The Cowboy  K 3/1/15

Munro, Roxie  Market Maze  K 3/1/15

Muth, Jon. J. Zen Socks. PW 7/20/15 SLJ 7/15

Myers, Christopher. My Pen. PW 1/12/15, K 1/15/15

Na, Il Sung  Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats  K 5/1/15

Newman, Leslea. Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed. BL 7/15/15

Nichols, Lori  Maple & Willow Apart  K 6/1/15

Niemann, Christoph. The Potato King. PW 2/16/15, K 2/15/15

O'Brien, Anne Sibley  I'm New Here  K 6/1/15

Ohi, Debbie Ridpath  Where Are My Books?  2/1/15

O'Neill, Gemma  Monty's Magnificent Mane  K 11/15/14

Oppenheim, Shulamith  Where Do I End and You Begin?  K 7/15/15

Ormerod, Jan. The Baby Swap. PW 12/1/14

Palatini, Margie. Under a Pig Tree: A History of a Noble Fruit. BL 3/15/15

Paschkis, Julie. Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales. PW 12/1/14

Paschkis, Julie. P. Zonka Lays an Egg. SLJ 2/15, PW 1/12/15, K 1/15/15

Paul, Alison  The Plan  K 8/15/15, PW 8/17/15

Pearle, Ida. The Moon is Going to Addy's House. PW 5/4/15, K 5/1/15

Pearlman, Robb. Groundhog's Day Off. PW 9/7/15

Pennypacker, Sara.  Meet the Dullards. SLJ 2/15, BCCB 5/15

Perkins, Maripat. Rodeo Red. BL 2/15/15

Pett, Mark  Lizard from the Park  K 6/15/15

Pierpoint, James Lord. Jingle Bells: A Magical Cur-Paper Edition. PW 9/14/15, K 9/1/15

Pinder, Eric How to Share With a Bear  K 7/15/15

Pingk, Rubin. Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas. PW 9/14/15

Pinkey, Jerry. The Grasshopper and the Ants. SLJ 2/15, PW 2/2/15, K 2/15/15

Pinkney, Brian  On the Ball  K 7/15/15

Polacco, Patricia  Tucky Jo and Little Heart  K 6/15/15

Portis, Antoinette. Wait. PW 5/4/15,  K 5/1/15 HB 7-8/15

Preston-Gannon, Frann  Pepper & Poe  K 5/1/15

Proimos, James. Waddle! Waddle! PW 8/24/15

Ransom, Jeanie Franz. The Crown Affair. PW 11/24/14

Ray, Mary Lun  Goodnight, Good Dog  K 8/1/15, PW 8/31/15

Reich, Kass. Up Hamster, Down Hampster. PW 8/3/15

Reynolds, Aaron  Nerdy Bird  K 6/15/15

Roberton, Fiona  A Tale of Two Beasts  K 1/15/15

Rosenberg, Liz  What James Said  K 4/1/15

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Awake Beautiful Child: An ABC Day in the Life PW 9/7/15

Ross, Tony. Rita's Rhino. BL 4/1/15

Rozier, Lucy Margaret. Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph. PW 6/15/15

Rubin, Adam. Robo-Sauce. PW 7/13/15, BL 10/1/15

Ruddell, Deborah  The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes K 12/15/14, PW 1/12/15

Ruzzier, Sergio  Two Mice  K 7/1/15

Ruth, Greg. Coming Home. BCCB 1/15

Sarcone-Roach, Julia. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich. HB 1-2/15, BCCB 3/15

Sauer, Tammi. Your Alien. PW 5/25/15, K 7/1/15

Savage, Stephen. Supertruck. HB 1-2/15,  K 10/15/14, BL 1/15/15, SLJ 1/15

Savage, Stephen  Where's Walrus? And Penguin?  K 5/15/15, PW 6/22/15

Schertle, Alice  Such a Little Mouse  K 12/15/14, PW 1/5/15

Schiffer, Miriam B. Stella Brings the Family. PW 3/30/15

Schneider, Josh. Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred). PW 2/16/15, K 1/15/15

Schwartz, Amy. I Can't Wait. PW 8/10/15

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. I Used to Be Afraid. PW 6/1/15, K 8/15/15

Shannon, George  One Family  K 2/15/15, SLJ 3/15

Sheehy, Shawn. Welcome to the Neighborhood. PW 3/30/15

Sheth, Kashmira  Sona and the Wedding Cake  K 2/15/15

Shulevitz, Uri  Troto and the Trucks  K 2/15/15

Simon, Richard. Oskar and the Eight Blessings. PW 

Sis, Peter  Ice Cream Summer  K 3/1/15

Slater, David Michael  The Boy & The Book (a wordless story)  K 1/1/15

Smallman, Steve  Poo in the Zoo!  K 7/1/15

Spiegelman, Nadja  Lost in NYC: A Subway in Adventure  K 2/15/15

Spinelli, Jerry. Mama Seeton's Whistle. PW 2/16/15, BL 3/1/15

Stark, Ulf  When Dad Showed Me the Universe  K 7/15/15

Stead, Philip  Lenny & Lucy  K 5/15/15, PW 6/29/15 SLJ 7/15

Steven, Kenneth  Why Dogs Have Wet Noses  K  6/1/15

Sweeney, LInda  When the Wind Blows  K 12/15/14

Tallec, Olliver. Louis I, King of the Sheep. PW 6/29/15, K 7/15/15

Tallec, Olivier  Who Done It?  K 8/1/15

Tarpley, Todd. Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! PW 7/6/15

Taylor, Sean. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise. PW 12/15/14

Thong, Roseanne  Dia De Los Muertos  K 5/15/15

Thurber, James  The Tiger Who Would be King  9/15/15

Torrey, Richard. Ally-Sauraus & the First Day of School. PW 5/11/15. K 6/1/15

Torrey, Richard  My Dog, Bob  K 7/15/15, BL 9/15/15

Tuma, Refe  What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure  K 7/1/15

Underwood, Deborah. Here Comes Valentine Cat.  PW 10/12/15

Underwood, Deborah. Interstellar Cinderella. PW 4/6/15

Urban, Linda. Little Red Henry. PW 2/2/15

Van, Muon  In a Village by the Sea  K 2/15/15, PW 4/6/15

Van, Moon. The Little Tree. PW 9/21/15, K 9/1/15

Verde, Susan  I Am Yoga  K 7/15/15

Vernick, Audrey. First Grade Dropout. PW 4/20/15

Viano, Hannah  B is for Bear  K 8/1/15

Virjan, Emma J. What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig. PW 3/2/15

Viva, Frank. Outstanding in the Rain. BL 3/1/15

Waber, Bernard. Ask Me. SLJ 2/15, K 4/1/15, PW 4/27/15

Ward, Helen. Spots in a boxPW 12/22/14

Watkins, Rowboat. Rude Cakes. PW 4/13/15, BL 6/1/15

Wells, Rosemary  Use Your Words, Sophie!  K 1/1/15, PW 1/5/15

Whal, Phoebe  Sonya's Chickens  K 6/15/15

Wick, Walter  Hey, Seymour!  K 5/15/15

Willems, Mo. The Story of Diva and Flea. BL 9/1/15

Winter, Jonah  Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965  K 5/1/15, BL 7/15/15

Winters, Kari-Lynn  Bad Pirate  K 7/1/15

Wohnoutka, Mike  Dad's First Day  K 6/1/15

Yankey, Lindsey. Sun and Moon. BL 6/1/15

Yarlet, Emma. Orion and the Dark. BL 5/15/15

Yolen, Jane. You Nest Here with Me. BL 3/15/15

Yoon, JooHee. Beastly Verse. PW 3/16/15

Young, Cybele. Some Things I've Lost. PW 7/13/15, K 7/15/15

Young. Ed. Should You Be a River: A Poem about Love. BL 3/1/15

Zagarenski, Pamela  The Whisper  K 8/1/15 SLJ 7/15, BL 9/1/15

Zeltser, David. Ninja Baby. PW 8/24/15


Librarian Recommended


  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.