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Did We Predict the 2013 Caldecott Winner?

Caldecott Partnership Project: Students Study the Books and Cast Their Votes…

The Caldecott Award process is so secret that no one knows which books have been nominated until the awards are announced!


So which books did our student jurors choose?

Arlington Traditional School

Caldecott Medal – Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger **
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Barcroft Elementary School

Caldecott Medal – Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith
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Claremont Elementary School

Caldecott Medal – Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
Caldecott Honor – Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger **


Long Branch Elementary School

Caldecott Medal - Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger **
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McKinley Elementary School

Caldecott Medal - Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
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Nottingham Elementary School

Caldecott Medal – Homer by Elisha Cooper
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Patrick Henry Elementary School

Caldecott Medal - Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee
Caldecott Honor: Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham


Randolph Elementary School

Caldecott Medal – Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
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Actual 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner

This is Not My Hat by John Klassen won the Caldecott Medal, and Caldecott Honors went to Creepy CarrotsExtra YarnGreenOne Cool Friend and Sleep Like a Tiger.

About the Caldecott Partnership

The Caldecott Partnership Project was created through the efforts of two Arlington Public School elementary school librarians – Sandra Sterne (Long Branch) and Lois Derringer (Key-now retired) – to highlight the connection between visual literacy and reading proficiency. Recognizing a perfect opportunity for collaboration with the public library, Sterne and Derringer invited then Arlington Public Library Youth Services coordinator Kristi Jemtegaard (now retired), to participate as well. Kristi brought the insight she gained while serving on the official Caldecott selection committee in 1992 (Tuesday by David Wiesner won that year) to the Project.

Since its founding, the Caldecott Partnership Project has spread to several other Arlington elementary schools. Each year students study the art and stories of picture books – especially past Caldecott winners – to gain a greater understanding of the way words and illustrations work together to create a well-written and well-designed picture book.

Then our student jurors make their own predictions for which new books will win the Caldecott.


Learn more about the previous winners of the Caldecott Medal.



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