This is the blog of children's book author and third grade teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Monday, January 27, 2020

#IMWAYR #MockCaldecott January 27, 2020


Each week I try to join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers to share all of the reading I've done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. This week I ran a #MockCaldecott in my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade reading classrooms. While none of our top choices ended up winning the Caldecott, we were excited to see some of the books win other awards during the Youth Media Award announcements today.

Here are the 20 books we reviewed. 

The students and I read and rated all 20 and then debated their choices. Here were our top two favorites:

Here are a couple reasons why my students liked this book:

We were disappointed this book didn't win the Caldecott, but were thrilled it won the Pura Belpre Award. Here are some reasons why my students loved this book:

Congratulations to the 2020 medal and honor winners! We were so happy to have the opportunity to read all of these amazing books and they are all winners to us!


Stacy Barnett Mozer is a teacher and a middle grade author. If you like what she's been reading follow her on Goodreads. Please leave a comment below. 


  1. Love seeing your students' pics, Stacy. I know about these books, but they have slipped by without me getting & reading them. I will, and your reasons why I should are compelling. I had no idea that the Elvis book was clay art. Wow! Thanks! It was exciting this morning to hear all the awards.

  2. I have to read Dancing Hands. For some reason this one has not been on my radar.

  3. I have to read Elvis is King! Thanks for sharing your students' review. I plan to share them tomorrow with students learning about book review.

  4. Enjoyed reading the students's reviews. The YMA's were fun to watch even if I had to get up at 5am.

  5. It's so neat getting to hear your students' thoughts, Stacy! I had no idea that the illustrations were made of clay and puppets in Elvis is King. Whoa. And Dancing Hands will be great for my music course. I can't wait to get a copy of both these books. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Dancing Hands looks gorgeous. I have a copy of ELVIS waiting to be read, definitely bumping it up my TBR stack after reading your students' reviews. :)


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