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LARC Mocks: 2022 Picture Books

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

2022 Picture Books

Chen, Eva.  I Am Golden.  PW 12/6/21, BL 12/15/21

Cordell, Matthew.  Cornbread & Poppy.  PW 11/29/21, BL 12/15/21

Curato, Mike. Where is Bina Bear? PW 10/18/21

Dubuc, Marianne. On Baba's Back. PW 10/18/21

Duncan, Alice Faye.  Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free.  BL 9/15/21

Fong, Pam.  Once upon a Forest.  BL 1/1-15/22

Eady, Antwan. Night and the Moon. PW 12/13/21

Forler, Nan. Rodney Was a Tortoise. PW 12/6/21

Forsythe, Matthew. Mina. BCCB 12/21, BL 1/1-15/22

Kazemi, Nahid.  Shahrzad and the Angry King.  K 11/1/21

Lloyd-Jones, Sally. Tiny Cedric. PW 12/20/21

Morrison, Frank. Kick Push. PW 11/1/21

Paul, Baptiste.  Climb On!  BL 1/1-15/22

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Bright Brown Baby. PW 11/29/21

Pinkwater, Daniel.  Kat Hats.  BL 1/1-15/22

Price, Kathy Z. Mardi Gras Almost Didn't Come This Year. PW 12/20/21, BL 1/1-15/22

Ramos, NoNieqa.  Beauty Woke.  BL 1/1-15/22

Sorelli, Traci. Powwow Day. PW 12/20/21

Sundin, David.  The Book That Did Not Want to Be Read.  BL 12/1/21

Tokuda-Hall, Maggie.  Love in the Library.  PW 11/29/21, BL 12/1/21

Woodson, Jacqueline.  The Year We Learned to Fly. PW 11/15/21, BL 12/1/21


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  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.