Meow, fellow CATS! CALCON 2013 is underway, and the CATS division has been prowling around, sharing ideas and learning new concepts. We also had meeting Thursday afternoon, in which the meow-some Nicole Burchfield passed along the CATS crown (or ears) to the equally meow-some Cydney Clink, our new division head lioness. Geoffrey Gregory is our new president-elect, Colleen Kulp is our new secretary, and Andrea Cleland, yours truly, is our new member-at-large. (That means you should all be prepared for horrible cat puns and lots of pictures from i can has cheezburger all year long.) In addition to introducing our new officers for 2014, we told our members to save the date: Thursday, January 23rd will be the first annual CATS conference! More information to come.
Last year, the CATS division (CATSIG at the time) held a Mock Newbery Award event (that’s mock as in not authentic and not mock as in to treat with contempt), and this year we are switching it up to hold a Mock Caldecott and Mock Printz Award ceremony. And guess what: YOU are on the selection committee. We have narrowed down the titles, with help from those who attended the CATS meeting at CALCON. Without further ado (and with a drumroll, please…) here are the books!
CALDECOTT (Please read all. And remember, CALDECOTT awards illustrators, not authors!)
Bluebird by Bob Staake
The Dark written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
Journey by Aaron Becker
Locomotive by Brian Floca
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner
On a Beam of Light written by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky
Building our House by Jonathan Bean
Have you Seen my New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Stardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger
Unicorn Thinks he’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Tiger in my Soup by Kasmira Sheth, illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler
Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Christian Stead
Who Says Women Can’t be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone, ill. by Marjorie Priceman
Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Stephen Savage
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike by M. Markel, ill. by Melissa Sweet
Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure
If you want to be super fancy and uber correct in our mock Caldecott, see the actual award criteria here.
PRINTZ (Please read three of the five books. At least three. If you want to be a rock star and read all five, feel free.)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch
If you want to be super fancy and uber correct in our mock Printz, see the actual award criteria here.
We will announce the winners of our mock election at the CATS conference. Remember that date? Here it is again, just in case: January 23, 2014.