Local libraries are inviting people to discuss the best picture books of 2012 at Mock Caldecott election events throughout the Deschutes Public Library system.
The local events are meant to be in conjunction with the American Library Association’s Caldecott Medal, which honors the book with the best illustrations of the year.
The local contest has been whittled down to seven nominees, all available for review at local libraries. The books are:
• “And Then It’s Spring," by Julie Fogliano;
• “Step Gently Out" by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder;
• “Green," by Laura Vaccaro Seeger;
• “Z is for Moose," by Kelly Bingham;
• “This Is Not My Hat," by J. Klassen;
• “Abe Lincoln’s Dream," by Lane Smith; and
• “Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey," by Gary Golio.
Libraries are also hosting events during which individuals can discuss the merits of the books. Upcoming events will be:
• 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sisters Public Library
• 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Downtown Bend Public Library
• 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the East Bend Public Library
• 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Redmond Public Library
Local people can vote for the Mock Caldecott at www.deschutes library.org/celebrate75 or at a local library. Voting will be held from Jan. 14-20 and the winner will be announced Jan. 22. The real Caldecott will be awarded Jan. 28.