Dayton Metro Library issues mock awards to books

The winning Mock Caldecott picture book was They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, author and illustrator.
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The winning Mock Caldecott picture book was They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, author and illustrator.

DAYTON – Each year, the American Library Association honors the illustrator of the most distinguished children’s picture book with the Caldecott Medal, and the author of the highest quality children’s literature book with a Newberry Award.

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Official awards will be issued in January, but the Dayton Metro Library held a mock Caldecott and Newberry meeting on Dec. 12.

Using the criteria prescribed by the American Library Association, nearly 40 children’s librarians and guests considered over 100 favorably reviewed children’s books.

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The winning Mock Caldecott picture book was They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, author and illustrator.

The winning Mock Newberry Award for children’s literature was Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

Participating in the mock awards process gives librarians the opportunity to practice procedures used to determine the actual award winners.

CASEY LAUGHTER