Deschutes Public Library Mock Caldecott 2015

The votes are in! Winner of the Deschutes Library 2015 Mock Caldecott is The Farmer and the Clown, illustrated by Marla Freeze. There was also one honor book (runner-up): Telephone, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” illustrated by Dan Santat, is the 2015 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Caldecott Medal Every year the American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the children’s book with the most distinguished illustrations. “Children” is defined as age 0-14 years. Below are seven that library staff thinks are worth considering. You’ll find copies at your library by January 5 to review. Let us know what you think and leave your comments in the box at the bottom of this page.

The week of January 19-26 you’ll be able to vote either online or at your library for the one you think should win Deschutes Public Library’s Mock Caldecott. The real Caldecott Medal will be awarded on February 2nd at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Chicago.

If you would you like a librarian to visit your book club or classroom to explain the Caldecott and introduce this year’s candidates please contact Heather McNeil, Youth Services Manager, at, or 541-617-7099.

For more information about the Caldecott Medal go to

Click a book cover for more information or to request a copy. Scroll to the bottom of the page to leave your comments.

Cover Image Draw!
Colón, Raúl.

In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.

Cover Image The Farmer and the Clown
Frazee, Marla, author, illustrator.

A wordless picture book in which a farmer rescues a baby clown who's bounced off the circus train, and reunites him with his clown family.

Cover Image Gaston
DiPucchio, Kelly.

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

Cover Image Harlem Hellfighters
Lewis, J. Patrick.

"A regiment of African American soldiers from Harlem journeys across the Atlantic to fight alongside the French in World War I, inspiring a continent with their brand of jazz music"--Provided by publisher.

Cover Image The Right Word : Roget and His Thesaurus
Bryant, Jennifer, author.

The story of "shy young Peter Mark Roget, [for whom] books were the best companions--and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time"

Cover Image Telephone
Barnett, Mac, author.

In this picture book a string of birds on a telephone wire plays a game of telephone, with the usual mixed up results.

Cover Image Viva Frida
Morales, Yuyi
Roaring Brook Press 20140902

Morales artistically distills the essence of the remarkable Frida Kahlo in this esoteric, multigenre picture book. Morales layers English and Spanish words never more than four to a page to depict a Frida who is curious, playful, wise, and inspired. Rather than tell a story, the text captures fragments of Frida's life, like snapshots with bilingual captions.

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Last modified on Monday, February 02, 2015