Announcing PJS Mock Caldecott Results and Book Fair in May


The Readers of Princeton Junior School Have Spoken!

Over the last several weeks, PJS readers participated in our first Mock Caldecott Award experience.  In our school-wide attempt to choose “the most distinguished American picture book published in 2017” PJS students inquired into:

  • criteria for winning a Caldecott  (What is a “distinguished” picture book?)
  • how elements of art and design principles are used in picture books (form)
  • how art and text work interdependently to tell a story that goes beyond what words and art alone can convey (function)
  • how illustrations influence the reader (reflection)
  • the value of different viewpoints of a range of readers (perspective)

K-5 students read and discussed 8 picture books, and children in the Early Childhood Program focused on 4 books.  Students and teachers voted and selected the following winners and honor book:

Princeton Junior School Mock Caldecott Winner, 2018  

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell  (Early Childhood Program)

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin (K-5)

Princeton Junior School Mock Caldecott Honor Book, 2018

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (ECP, K-5)

Children were excited to learn that one of our picks, Wolf in the Snow, was the actual Caldecott winner for 2018!

The Authentic 2018 Caldecott Award Winner

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

2018 Caldecott Honor Books

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

A Different Pond, by Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin

If you are interested in reading any of the PJS Mock Caldecott selections or the authentic 2018 Caldecott Winner or Honor Books with your child, the books are now available in the library for check out.  These books, and many others, will be available for purchase at our Summer Reading Book Fair on May 17th and during student-led conferences on May 18th.