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Update: Francisco and Robert Jiménez School

Back in February I interviewed my mom Gretchen, who's an instructional aide in Southern California's Santa Maria–Bonita School District, about her campaign to name the district's newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez. Dr. Jiménez … [Read More...]

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Hubbub 2015

This year the Boston Book Festival* is putting on a children's festival, Hubbub, on June 20, 2015. Billed as "Creative Commotion for Kids," the fest includes author/illustrator events (headliner: Mo Willems!), kid music (Dan Zanes and Friends), … [Read More...]

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WTF, ALA?

The new Banned Books Week poster has too many design elements to keep straight, uses a dumb and hard to parse neologism as its main message, and dog-whistles anti-Islamic sentiment with an image of what looks like a woman in a niqab. You had ONE … [Read More...]

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Insurgent movie review

Not having read the Divergent series, I thought myself a great choice of reviewer for the movies — I am a clean slate, after all. And Divergent was fun. It had action, sacrifice, kickassery, feminine heroism, and Rose from Titanic. It had fighting … [Read More...]

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WTF, ALA?

The new Banned Books Week poster has too many design elements to keep straight, uses a dumb and hard to parse neologism as its main message, and dog-whistles anti-Islamic sentiment with an image of what looks like a woman in a niqab. You had ONE … [Read More...]

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Update: Francisco and Robert Jiménez School

Back in February I interviewed my mom Gretchen, who's an instructional aide in Southern California's Santa Maria–Bonita School District, about her campaign to name the district's newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Francisco Jiménez. Dr. Jiménez … [Read More...]

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Mock book award results | 2015

My children's lit students just met for the last time, and we spent most of our three-hour class in mock book award groups. I had been thinking about trying mock awards in this short six-week module for a few years, but this year Maleka Donaldson … [Read More...]

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Join some mock award discussions

Hello, Calling Caldecott readers. I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly's Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here. Since there are … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Winnie

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Jonathan D. Voss Primary   Holt   32 pp. 1/15   978-0-8050-9715-3   $17.99 A real bear plays a part in Winnie-the-Pooh’s origin story: at the London Zoo, a bear named Winnie made such a strong impression on young Christopher Milne that he renamed his stuffed bear in her honor. This is Winnie’s story. When Canadian military veterinarian Harry Coleburn saw a black bear cub for sale on a … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Review of Fiete: A Day on the Farm app

In Fiete: A Day on the Farm (German developer Ahoiii, December 2014), children help sailor Fiete — star of his own previous, self-titled app — and his farmer friends, Hein and Hinnerk, throughout their busy day. The home screen shows the three in a boat. The sky is blue, the hills are rolling, the birds are chirping. Entering the app, it's early morning; there's a lit lighthouse in the background, and the boat is gently rocking. Touch the large alarm clock icon and you're taken to the sleeping … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Winnie

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker; illus. by Jonathan D. Voss Primary   Holt   32 pp. 1/15   978-0-8050-9715-3   $17.99 A real bear plays a part … [Read More...]

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Review of Gone Crazy in Alabama

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia Intermediate, Middle School   Amistad/HarperCollins   291 pp. 4/15   978-0-06-221587-1   $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-06-221588-8   $17.89   g e-book ed. … [Read More...]

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Review of Yard Sale

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting; illus. by Lauren Castillo Primary   Candlewick   32 pp. 4/15   978-0-7636-6542-5   15.99   g In this straightforward, heartfelt story, hard economic times mean that … [Read More...]

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Review of The Grasshopper & the Ants

The Grasshopper & the Ants by Jerry Pinkney; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Little, Brown   40 pp. 4/15   978-0-316-40081-7   $18.00   g Moving right up Maslow’s hierarchy of … [Read More...]

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Review of Shh! We Have a Plan

 Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    40 pp. 9/14    978-0-7636-7293-5    $15.99 With cover art recalling Ungerer’s The Three Robbers (rev. … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Terry Pratchett’s 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation

by Terry Pratchett I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now … [Read More...]

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book speeches

For your kind consideration: here are the complete 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tag BGHB14 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges' intros, and other information … [Read More...]

Boxers & Saints: Author Gene Luen Yang’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe. This is an incredible, incredible honor. Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought in China … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Sally M. Walker on Winnie

In our March/April 2015 issue, Shoshana Flax chatted to author Sally M. Walker about the spark behind her new nonfiction book, Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh. Read the … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Nikki Grimes

April is National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than by talking with acclaimed poet Nikki Grimes? Her many books include narratives in verse, prose fiction, poetry collections, and … [Read More...]

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Sara Pennypacker on Completely Clementine

In the March/April 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Claire Gross talked to author Sara Pennypacker about the end of her long-running Clementine series. Read the full review of Completely … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman's novel Challenger Deep (HarperTeen, 14 years and up) is a swirling, surrealistic look inside the mind of one teen, Caden, who is struggling with mental illness. Chapters narrated by … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Kwame Alexander

Middle-school hoops star Josh "Filthy McNasty" Bell wants to play for Duke. His twin brother JB bleeds Carolina Blue. Is there a more apt metaphor for sibling rivalry?! Here we talk to 2015 Newbery … [Read More...]

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