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Predicting Newbery and Caldecott Winners

Mock Newbery 2011

Ok.  So this is not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s A FUSE #8 PRODUCTION‘s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about.  We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct!

I don’t you if you are like me, but I find myself scrambling to find books for my kids these days which is strange because we have piles of books in the house.  My oldest is devouring books (yay!) but she’s a tad picky and likes a fast start to a book; a slightly complicated plot like a flashback or a twist in time confound her.  My middle is and always will be particular about, well just about everything.  Thank god there is a new Clementine book but what next?!  My youngest has just switched to a big boy bed which required his entire teeny, tiny room to be purged in order for it to fit in.  He helped me purge bags and bags of books out of his room last night.  Now he has space but could use more books as well.

So I find myself reading through this list with particular interest.  After I post, I will be on Amazon doing a little shopping.

For this excellent post, please click here.

For another list of potential Newbery Winners from ex-Newbery Judge and Librarian Amanda Stuckmeyer, click here.

For a list of actual Newbery winners so far, click here.

** I ended up buying Palace Beautiful, As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth, Turtle in Paradise and The Water Seeker.  My fifth grader and I are reading them now.  We’ll keep you posted!  Thank you for the recommendations A Fuse #8 Production!

Here’s the list of books mentioned for potential 2011 Newbery:

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt

As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Keeperby Kathi Appelt
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
Palace Beautiful novel by Sarah DeFord Williams
One Crazy Summerby Rita Williams-Garcia

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
Sparky: The Life and Art of Charles Schulz by Beverly Gherman

The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

These are the books on her list for 2011 potential Caldecott:

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska
Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Red Nose Studio
Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Matt Phelan

ay, CaldecottJeanne Flora's Very Windy Day, Jeanne Birdsall, Hopeful, http://PragmaticMom.com, Pragmatic Mom

Art and Max by David Weisner
Moon Bear by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Ed Young

Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky
Dust Devil, Anne Isaacs, potential Caldecott winner 2011, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMOm.com
Elsie’s Bird, Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Small
Elsie's Bird, Jane Yolen, David Small, potential Caldecott 2011, Pragmatic Mom, http://PragmaticMom.com
Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill
Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verseby Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beckie Prange
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee as illustrated by Tony Fucile
The Boys by Jeff Newman
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Big Red Lollipop by Ruhkshana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
big red lollipop, caldecott hopeful, http://PragmaticMom.com, pragmatic Mom
A Sick Day for Amos McGhee by Philip Christian Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan McCarthy

To view any of these books at Amazon, please click on image of book.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Tina Hoggatt

    Awesome post – thanks for this. BTW – tried to subscribe by email & was informed it is not enabled.

  2. So many many delicious books! I really want to see the Wiesner book but it’s not published in the UK till the middle of next year. GRRR.

  3. Thanks for this roundup. I used it to choose books to read for a Mock Newbery project I am doing at work.

  4. Sugar Mama

    Thank you for the list! The Tale Dark and Grimm stood out to me, I want to get my hands on it and read it with my daughter.

  5. Susan Xassidy

    I’m going to challenge my very own kids to read all these! They’re older (sniff!), but avid readers. Maybe I’ll couch it in terms of “which one should we buy for the younger cousins for the holidays…”

    • That is great that your kids would be up for that challenge. Another challenge our 5th graders are offered is to read all the books for the Massachusetts Book Awards. There also might be the equivalent in your state. If you tell me what state you are from, I will research and post the list.

  6. Brenda Bowen

    Great choices, Betsy, as ever. Marilyn Singer’s MIRROR, MIRROR should move to your Newbery list, though, as Josee Masse, the wonderful illustrator of the book, is Canadian.

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