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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

Acosta, Alicia.  Pumpkin and Me. SLJ 3/22

Ainoya, Yuki. Sato the Rabbit: The Moon. HB 1-2/22

Alary, Laura. Sun in My Tummy.SLJ 3/22

Andrews, Jan.  When the Wind Came.  K 5/15/22

Arnold, Elana K. Pip and Zip. PW 5/16/22

Ashman, Linda. I Like This, You Like That.  SLJ 4/22

Barnett, Mac. The Great Zapfino. PW 2/7/22, SLJ 6/22

Barnett, Mac. John's Turn. PW 1/10/22

Bebar, Ruth. Tia Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey.  K 12/15/21

Bondestam, Linda. My Life at the Bottom: The Story of a Lonesome Axolotl.  SLJ 5/22

Bolling, Valerie.  Together We Ride.  BL 5/15/22

Briseno, Stephen.  The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border.  BL 5/15/22

Brockington, Drew.  Puppy Bus.  K 5/1/22

Buitrago, Jairo.  Drawing Outdoors.  K 4/15/22

Cali, Davide.  The Writer.  BL 3/1/22

Camper, Cathy.  Arab Arab All Year Long!  SLJ 6/22

Carranza, Leonarda.  Abuelita and Me.  BL 3/15/22, K 5/1/22

Carzoo, Breanna. Lou. PW 5/2/22

Chen, Eva.  I Am Golden.  PW 12/6/21, BL 12/15/21, K 3/1/22

Chen, Shige. I Love You. SLJ 2/22

Cole, Henry.  Building.  BL 4/15/22

Collier, Bryan.  Music is a Rainbow.  SLJ 6/22

Cooper, Kelly.  Midnight and Moon.  BL 2/15/22

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

Cousins, Lucy.  A Good Place. SLJ 4/22

Crews, Nina.  I'm Not Small.  BL 3/1/22

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

deGroat, Diane.  The Adventures of Robo-Kid.  K 5/15/22

Denise, Christopher.  Knight Owl.  BL 3/15/22

DeNoya, Lee.  The Girl Who Wrote Her Own Fairytale.  BL 2/15/22

Donovan, Sam & Kristen Wixted.  Miss Rita, Mystery Reader.  BL 5/1/22

Dorleans, Marie. Our Fort. PW 2/21/22

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

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

Emily, Rachel. In You I See: A Story that Celebrates the Beauty Within.  SLJ 2/22

Evans, Gabriel.  Norton and the Bear.  BL 3/15/22

Evans, Rebecca.  Alone Like Me.  K 2/15/22

Falconer, Ian. Two Dogs. PW 3/28/22, K 4/15/22

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

Ford, Bernette.  Uncle John's City Garden.  BL 5/1/22

Forler, Nan. Rodney Was a Tortoise. PW 12/6/21, BL 2/1/22

Forsythe, Matthew. Mina. BCCB 12/21, BL 1/1-15/22, HB 1 - 2/22

Fraillon, Zana.  The Curiosities.  K 5/15/22

Freedman, Deborah.  Tiny Dino.  BL 3/1/22

Gehl, Laura.  Apple and Magnolia.  K 12/1/21

Gianferrari, Maria. Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness. SLJ 5/22

Goade, Michaela.  Berry Song.  K 2/15/22, PW 4/11/22, BL 5/15/22

Gomez, Blanca. Dress-Up Day. PW 1/10/22, SLJ 3/22

Goodale, E.B., Also  SLJ 12/21

Gourley, Kashelle.  I'm Not Missing.  BL 5/1/22

Graham, Bob.  Jigsaw: Mystery in the Mall.  K 5/1/22

Greanias, Margaret Chiu.  Amah Faraway.  SLJ 12/21

Guridi, Raul Nieto. It's So Difficult. PW 4/11/22

Hahn, Sabina.  Pineapple Princess.  BL 5/1/22

Hare, John. Field Trip to Volcano Island.  SLJ 4/22

Harrison, Hannah.Poopsie Gets Lost. SLJ 5/22

Higgins, Carter.  Big and Small and In-Between.  SLJ 4/22

Howden, Sarah. The Tunnel. BCCB 2/22

Hunter, Anne. Baby Squeaks. PW 3/21/22

Impala.  Lola Loves Animals. SLJ 3/22

Isern, Susanna.  Zorro dice mentiras.  SLJ 3/22

Iwai, Melissa.  Gigi and Ojiji.  BL 3/1/22

John, Jory. This Book Will Get You to Sleep! PW 3/7/22

Johnson, Dinah.  H is for Harlem. K 5/15/22

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

Kahn, Naaz. Room For Everyone. HB 1 -2/22

Kim, Jihyun.  The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky.  BL 4/1/22, K 5/15/22, SLJ 5/22

LaCour, Nina.  Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle.  BL 2/1/22, PW 5/2/22

Lai, Thanhha. .Hundred Years of Happiness.  SLJ 4/22

Lainez, Rene Colato.  Let's Be Friends/Seamos amigos.  BL 2/1/22

LaRocca, Rajani. I'll Go and Come Back. PW 1/31/22

Lawson, Jonarno. A Day for Sandcastles. PW 2/21/22, K 3/15/22, BL 5/1/22

Lehman, Barbara. Little Red and the Cat Who Loved Cake. HB 1 - 2/22

Lehrhaupt, Adam.  There Was a Hole.  BL 4/15/22

Lim, Hope.  Mommy's Hometown.  K 4/15/22, PW 5/2/22

Lippert, Tonya.  Home.  BL 2/15/22

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

Loring Fisher, Jo.  Wolf Girl.  SLJ 12/21

Lyons, Kally Starling.  My Hands Tell a Story.  SLJ 4/22

Malbrough, Mike.  Love is Here.  K 12/1/21

Manoli, Costantia.  Tomatoes in my Lunchbox.  K 4/15/22

Marcero, Deborah.  Out of a Jar. SLJ 2/21

Martin, Jr., Bill. and Michael Sampson. Armadillo Antics. PW 2/7/22

Maynor, Megan.  Not Enough Lollipops.  K 12/1/21

McAnulty, Stacy. Our Planet! There's No Place Like Earth. SLJ 5/22

McGinty, Alice B. Bathe the Cat. HB 1 -2/22

Meddour, Wendy.  Tisha and the Blossoms. SLJ 4/22

Meserve, Jessica.  Beyond the Burrow.  BL 3/15/22

Miller, Pat Zietlow. See You Someday Soon. K 5/1/22

Moahloli, Refiloe.  I Am You: A Book About Ubuntu. SLJ 12/21.

Moore, David Barclay.  Carrimebac, the Town that Walked.  SLJ 5/22

Morgan, Sally. Little Bird's Day. HB 1 - 2/22

Monsen, Avery. Chester van Crime Who Forgot How to Rhyme. PW 1/24/22

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

Muth, Felicity.  Am I Even a Bee?  BL 3/1/22

Nainy, Mamta.  Rainbow Hands.  BL 3/15/22

Neilson, Emily.  The Rainbow Parade.  K 2/1/22, BL 5/1/22

Nepveu-Villeneuve, Maude.  Olivia Wrapped in Vines. SLJ 12/21

Neruda, Pablo.  Book of Questions.  SLJ 12/21

Noel, Jack.  Skater Baby.  BL 2/1/22

Palmer, Charly. The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale. HB 1 - 2/22

Paquette, Ammi-Joan. All From a Walnut. PW 1/3/22

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

Perdomo, Juliana.  Sometimes, All I Need Is Me.  BL 4/1/22

Petty, Dev. How Old is Mr. Tortoise? PW 4/25/22

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

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

Ponti, Claude. Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye. PW 3/28/22

Powers, Andie.  I Am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us.  BL 4/15/22

Preus, Margi.  Lily Leads the Way. K 3/15/22

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

Pumphrey, Jerome and Jarrett. It's a Sign! PW 3/7/22

Pumphery Jerome and Jarrett.  Somewhere in the Bayou. SLJ 4/22

Ramos, NoNieqa.  Beauty Woke.  BL 1/1-15/22, K 12/1/21

Raul the Third, My Nap, Mi Siesta: A Coco Rocho Book.  SLJ 3/22

Raul the Third. My Party. Mi Fiesta: A Coco Rocho Book.  SLJ 3/22

Rhee, Helena Ku.  Rosa's Song.  BL 5/15/22

Rich, Simon.  I'm Terrified of Bath Time.  BL 3/15/22

Riddiough, Lisa Frenkel. Letters to Live By: An Alphabet Book with Intention.  SLJ 2/22

Roeder, Vanessa.  The Stack. SLJ 12/21

Rose, Tiffany.  Dear Reader: A Love Letter to Libraries.  K 12/1/21

Salati, Doug. Hot Dog. PW 2/14/22

Sanchez, Jenny Tores.  Con mucho amor.  BL 2/1/22

Sanford, Adaiah. The Legend of the Spirit Serpent.  K 3/15/22

Sarda, Julia.  The Queen in the Cave.  BL 3/15/22

Scanlon, Liz Garton. Frances in the Country. PW 4/25/22

Schu, John.  This Is a School.  BL 2/15/22

Schwartz, Howard.  All You Need.  SLJ 5/22

Shum, Benson. Anzu the Great Kaiju.  SLJ 2/22

Singer, Marilyn.  Dog Says, Cat Says.  BL 2/1/22

Sirdeshpande, Rashmi.  Dadaji's Paintbrush. SLJ 6/22

Smith, Lane   A Gift for Nana.  K 2/15/22

Snider, Grant. One Boy Watching. PW 5/2/22

Snyder, Laurel.  Endlessly Ever After: Pick Your Path to Countless Fairy Tale Endings! SLJ 5/22

Sorelli, Traci. Powwow Day. PW 12/20/21, K 12/15/21, SLJ 4/22

Sorosiak, Calie.  Everywhere with You.  BL 4/15/22

Stead, Phillip. Every Dog in the Neighborhood.  SLJ 6/22

Stead, Philip.  I'd Like to Be the Window for a Wise Old Dog.  BL 4/15/22

Stein, David Ezra. Don't Worry, Murray. PW 4/4/22

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

Tarnowska, Wafa.  Nour's Secret Library. SLJ 2/22

Theodore, Adrea. A History of Me. SLJ 2/22

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah.  Abdul's Story.  BL 3/15/22

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

Tomlinson, Rachel.  A Blue Kind of Day.  K 2/15/22

Torres, Julio. I Want to Be a Vase. PW 4/18/22

Van, Muon Thi.  I Love You Because I Love You.  SLJ 4/22

Van Dusen, Chris. Big Truck, Little Island. PW 2/21/22, K 5/15/22

Verde, Susan.  Tortoise and Hare: A Fairy Tale to Help You Find Balance.  BL 4/15/22

Vo, Young.  Gibberish.  BL 2/1/22

Walstead, Alice. How to Catch a Witch.  SLJ 6/22

Wang, Andrea.  Luli and the Language of Tea.  BL 3/1/22

Watts, Bernadette.  Varenka.  SLJ 6/22

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Grandma and Me. SLJ 4/22

Wilder, Derick. Does A Bulldozer Have a Butt? PW 2/21/22

Williams, Margery.  The Velveteen Rabbit.  BL 4/15/22

Williams, Tyus D. Big Cats: What Do Lions, Tigers, and Panthers Get Up To All Day?  K 4/15/22

Wilson, Ciara.  Why Not You? SLJ 3/22

Wong-Kalu, Hinaleimoana, Dean.  Kapaemahu.  K 4/1/22

Woodson, Jacqueline. The World Belonged to Us. PW 3/14/22, K 4/15/22

Woodson, Jacqueline.  The Year We Learned to Fly. PW 11/15/21, BL 12/1/21, K 2/15/22, BL 5/1/22

Wu, Helen.  Tofu Takes Time. SLJ 5/22

Yoshitake, Shinsuke.  I Won't Give Up My Rubber Band. K 5/1/22

Young, Vo.  Gibberish.  K 4/15/22

Yvette, Latonya.  The Hair Book.  SLJ 3/22


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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.