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Newbery and Caldecott Mock Elections Tool Kit
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Revisions by Steven Engelfried
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8554-0
Publisher: ALSC
Price: $35.00
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Year Published: 2011

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This authoritative tool kit provides expert guidance on election program planning; tips for conducting successful book discussions; print-ready, customizable planning tools and program handouts; full-color Caldecott-winning art, demonstrating artistic media, styles, and elements; and much more. You’ll find just about everything needed to plan and execute stellar mock elections in your community. The 2011 edition was revised by Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville (Ore.) Public Library, and includes many new features and content additions. The original print publication was written (1994) and revised (2001) for ALSC by Kathleen Simonetta, Nancy Hackett, and Linda Ward-Callaghan.
Table of Contents

Chapter 1—Organizing an Election
    Program Goals
    Program Format
    Book Selection
    Registration/Program Notification
    Program Implementation
    Follow-up Activities
Chapter 2—Exploring Text
    Use of the Criteria
    Selection of Titles
Chapter 3—Searching Pictures
    The Criteria and Their Use
    Adapting the Criteria
    Critical Evaluation
    How to Look at Picture Books
    The Process in Practice
Chapter 4—Expanding the Process
    Application Ideas
Recommended Titles for Other Mock Elections
    Individual Bodies of Work
    Genre Discussions
    Award History
    Award Books & Web sites
    Evaluation Criteria
    Review Media
    Warm-up and Follow-up Activities
    Author-Illustrator Biographies
Caldecott Images

Additional folders:

Election Day Handouts – certificates of participation; award certificates; handouts (exploring literary elements, exploring art techniques, Newbery and Caldecott key points to consider); participant evaluation forms.
Tools and Resources – Newbery/Caldecott terms, definitions, and criteria; planning checklists and forms (preparation, program assessment, program facilities, program site); discussion group procedures; sample press releases for announcing mock election results; sample ballot tabulator; and vote tally sheet.
About the Authors

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit

The 2011 edition was revised by Steven Engelfried, who has been a children’s librarian for 25 years. He is currently the Youth Services Librarian at Wilsonville Public Library in Oregon.  He has coordinated many mock awards programs for kids and teens, as well as for library staff through the Oregon Library Association.  He served on the 2002 Caldecott Committee and the 2010 Newbery Committee and will chair the 2013 Newbery Committee.  He has reviewed books for School Library Journal (SLJ) for over 20 years and has published several articles on literature for SLJ.  Engelfried has an MLIS and a BA in English, both from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is also a storyteller and puppeteer and writes about those topics in his bog, Beyond the Book Storytimes.

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