Sunday, January 15, 2017

And the (Mock) Winner is...

Today we are happy to announce the winner and honor titles of Guessing Geisel's first Mock! 

Winner: They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Honor Titles: 

  • The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde by Shannon Hale and Dale Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • What's Up, Chuck? by Leo Landry
  • Go, Otto, Go! by David Milgrim
  • The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

These results were determined by our second ballot made up of 44 responses. Using the same weighted point system as the Real Committee (4 points for each first choice vote, 3 points for each second choice vote, and 2 points for each third choice vote), They All Saw a Cat raced ahead of the competition with 9 first place votes, 5 second place votes, and 1 third place vote for a whopping total of 53 points! That's an 18 point lead! More than enough to declare it our Mock winner. 

Now on to the mock honor titles. As with the Real Committee, we decided there would be no limit (or requirement) for the number of honor titles to be named. Looking at the results, we felt that these 4 titles clearly rose to the top with total point counts between 28 and 35. You can see the tally of points below. 

As Amanda pointed out in her post about balloting, the Real Committee has the option to ballot again to determine honor titles. However, in the interest of announcing our mock results before the real Youth Media Awards announcements, we decided to stop at just 2 ballots. 

Other interesting ballot results:

  • All titles on the second ballot received at least 2 votes. 
  • Some titles garnered all or nearly all of their points from one question on the ballot. We Are Growing! finished with 20 points, all of which came from 1st place votes, two-thirds of the votes for The Thank You Book were 3rd place votes, and almost all the points for Go, Otto, Go! were 1st place votes. 
  • Go, Otto, Go! and They All Saw a Cat were neck and neck at the close of the 1st ballot, but the gap between the two at the end of the 2nd ballot was 21 points. 

Now all we can do is count down until the announcement of the real YMAs on January 23, 2017 at 8am (EST). We hope you'll join us in live streaming the annoucements online or watching with bated breath in person at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, GA. 


  1. I will be happy if TASTC wins everything next Monday. Have fun in Atlanta.

  2. I find the results for "We Are Growing" very interesting. It was in third place in our first ballot, but didn't make the cut here. It had 5 first place votes, but no additional support, which might have easily pushed it back up into honor range.

  3. WE ARE GROWING was just nine votes from winning our school's mock. So my students will be thrilled.