2020 Mock Caldecott Winners Announced

Holmes County Mock Caldecott Results:

The winner of the 2020 Holmes County Mock Caldecott was overwhelmingly If I Built a School, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Students loved dreaming about how they would create a school while being inspired by Jack, the main character. The 2020 Holmes County Mock Caldecott honor books are Max Attacks, written by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan, and Little Smokey written and illustrated by Robert Neubecker. 


Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio, East Holmes Local Schools and the Holmes County District Public Library (HCDPL) collaborated with educators, parents, and students across the county to select the first Holmes County Mock Caldecott Award winning book and honor books. 572 patrons voted to help select the Holmes County Mock Caldecott.


The grant goal of building unity through reading engagement to ultimately increase literacy and the love of reading was reached. Students of all ages enjoyed the book contenders through preschool story hour programs at the public library, library storytimes at participating schools, classroom read-alouds, and personal reading. Patrons of all ages were encouraged to submit a paper or online reviews of each book. Over 300 book reviews were submitted from across Holmes County. The narrative reviews were posted on the Holmes County Mock Caldecott website http://bit.ly/holmesmock20. The Holmes County Mock Caldecott website had over 1,400 pageviews and over 825 unique pageviews throughout the project. 


The combined libraries circulated the Mock Caldecott contenter titles to patrons across the county from West Holmes Libraries, East Holmes Libraries, the Holmes County Public Library and their bookmobile services.  The purchased titles were loaned nearly 1,000 times total. Each library will continue to loan the purchased books that have become part of their permanent collections.


ALA Youth Media Awards:

The American Library Association announced the Youth Media Award Winners on Monday, January 27, 2020. The Caldecott Medal went to The Undefeated with illustrations by Kadir Nelson.The Caldecott Honor titles were: Bear Came Along, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez; and Going Down Home with Daddy, illustrated by Daniel Minter. The Caldecott is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children by ALSC. We were excited to see one of our titles was selected as an honor title. Bear Came Along was in the Holmes County contender collection and came in eighth place by Holmes County readers. Visit the Caldecott medal homepage to learn more about the ALA awards.


Creative Design Challenge: 

The momentum from this countywide collaborative project has inspired further partnerships. Watch for more details about the Holmes County If I Built a School Community Design Challenge. This spring, Holmes County students of all ages will be encouraged to create the school of their dreams anyway they choose. Students could write about their dream school, create a 3D model using recyclables or a 3D printer, or use their favorite art medium (crayons, markers, paints, collages, etc). Entries will be accepted at Main Library in Millersburg and East Branch in Walnut Creek as well as through the Bookmobile. Watch for more details in March. 


Mr. McKey's Reflections:

Dan McKey, retired East Holmes administrator and founder of the East Holmes Mock Caldecott in 2015 responded  "I am thrilled to know that the Mock Caldecott program is continuing in Holmes County! My life was enriched by children's books, and it is my hope that this program will help many children develop a love and passion for reading!  I also hope that it calls attention to the many amazing authors and illustrators of children's books! Thank you to Lori Pringle and Michele Skolmutch, along with all the librarians, teachers, aides, administrators, and parents in the county that promote literacy and a love for books.  Keep reading!"


~Submitted by Lori Pringle, Libary Media Specialist of East Holmes Local Schools