I am sure a Caldecott Medal has never been awarded as quickly as ML and Calvin did. It only took fifteen minutes. They whittled the choices down to five titles. Then, two. They were digging their feet in; and I knew a consensus would never be reached. I didn’t want to hear their arguing. So I let them each choose a book.
I explained sometimes books are chosen to receive a Caldecott Honor. ML and Calvin quickly agreed on which two titles they wanted to name as Caldecott Honor books.
I didn’t receive two books from our Mock Caldecott 2014 list before the “committee” met. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown and The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney were not in the mix. So if one of those two titles win, Calvin and ML can claim it would have been their choice. They were very interested in what they would get if they chose the book which received the Caldecott Medal. I told them, “Bragging rights.”