The American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of "the most distinguished American picture book for children." This year, first- and second-graders chose a title for the Oak Lawn Mock Caldecott by the same illustrator that actually won the official ALA honor: Matthew Cordell.
Our book? Bob, Not Bob!, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick. The ALA book is Wolf in the Snow, written AND illustrated by Matthew Cordell. So we didn't have the same title, but we had the same person! Here are some reasons the kids voted for it:
- I like it when he says "No! I wan by Bob, not Bob. Bob! Bob! Bob!"
- He wanted Mom but had a stuffed nose and said Bob.
- Because he said "Bob, not Bob!" so many times.
- I like that it says "ah choo!"
- They have no idea what he is saying.
A couple other finalists got lots of votes. They include:
Creepy Pair of Underwear, written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown
- He kept trying to get rid of the underwear and it kept coming back each time.
- The underwear glows!
- Because he does not like the underwear, but then he does.
- I like the creepy underwear.
- The underwear kept coming to life.
- When the bunny randomly is in his underwear.
- The creepy underwear is cute.
Her Right Foot, written by David Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris
- I like the Statue of Liberty.
- I like green.
- She goes in the water to go on the stand.
- It says she's on the move and shows her in different places.
- It has real history.
- I did not know that the Statue of Liberty's right foot was up and it looks like she is walking.