A few weeks ago, I attended The Horn Book at Simmons where, in between the sessions and lectures, I was able listen in on the chatter about books. A few people talked about this blog where I heard that some thought we were too nice when talking about books.
For some reason, this comment has stayed with me. Of course, this is a new endeavor for us and I am sure we will learn as we go, but there is a reason why we might seem too nice. On the real committee, each member will suggest those books that she or he feels are deserving of a Caldecott medal. Though the suggestion might well mention a concern or two about the book, generally the suggestion is a positive review. As ALA Midwinter gets closer, each person will nominate seven books. In January, each member of the committee will get to add to the discussion by supporting or voicing concerns about any nominated book.
Feel free to play that role here. We’ve got some months ahead—and many books are just now becoming available—so we will have time to talk about more books. As you read these books, feel free to go back to that book’s post and make all the comments you wish to make.
Nice or not nice, we want to hear them all.