[kids-lib] Blackout by John Rocco wins Oregon Mock Caldecott

Jane Corry janec at multcolib.org
Wed Jan 18 15:08:25 PST 2012

On January 14, nearly 40 educators and librarians from Washington and
Oregon gathered at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library to discuss a
group of 10 pre-selected titles. In addition to Suzanne Harold’s discussion
of what it’s like to be on the Caldecott committee, this year’s fascinating
guest speaker was Fiona Kenshoe, who shared insights into children’s books
from the publisher’s perspective. She worked as an editor and publisher of
children’s books in England before moving to Portland to work with the
animation studio Laika, the makers of Coraline. She At Laika, she scouted
children’s and teen lit for books that would make good animated films. She
brought Coraline to Laika’s attention, as well as Hugo Cabret.
(Unfortunately the studio declined that one.)

There were 6 breakout groups. Each reported back on their top choice, with
brief reasons why. The small groups were all over the place, a new
phenomenon for this workshop. They chose: A Ball for Daisy, Blackout,
Grandpa Green, Swirl by Swirl (chosen twice), and Where’s Walrus?

Then the whole group voted again with tallying using the actual method used
for the Caldecott Committee.
In the final balloting, the book that got the most votes was *Blackout*.

The other books that fared well in the final vote were *A Ball for
Daisy*by Chris Raschka.
*Grandpa Green* by Lane Smith and *Swirl by Swirl : Spirals in
Nature** written by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Beth Krommes and I
Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. ***

Jane Corry
Belmont Youth Librarian- Multnomah County Library
1038 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Portland OR 97214
OLA CSD Chair-elect

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
-Japanese Proverb

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