Oh, what has happened to us here at Calling Caldecott? Back in September, Robin and I set up a rigorous posting schedule only to find, a month later, that we were dealing with overwhelming time demands in other areas of our lives.
Thank goodness for a four-day holiday. Or three days once the exhausting cooking day is over. I am happy to report that I now have some posts ready in the pipe-line, and — even better — renewed energy fueled by mornings without alarm clocks. Having time during the day to read and write (and clean and catch up with people and watch TV) was also a bonus.
We only have two months before the ALA awards are announced and — *gulp* — a LOT more books to cover. Can we do it? Have faith!
I am reminded of the first full day of deliberations when I was on the Caldecott Committee. The fifteen of us sat in a Marriott meeting room talking carefully and considerately about each book our chair picked up from the official pile of nominated books. We had two days — Friday and Saturday — to discuss everything. On Sunday we would need to vote, choose honor books, and write the press release by noon.
At 5 p.m. on Friday we had only covered about a quarter of the books. Oh, horror! But somehow we managed to face reality, ingest more caffeine and chocolate, and get it all done by 8 p.m. on Saturday. We just talked more concisely and critically, and we sure as heck weren’t being as careful not to offend anyone.
So this is what I want to pledge. With your help, we will cover as many books as we can in the next two months. Since making our initial list back in September, a lot more titles have come to our attention. I can’t promise that our lives will miraculously become less tangled, but we will put as many books as we can in front of you in this forum. Our posts might get shorter and we might post on more than one book at a time. Our main goal will be to get a conversation started and turn it over to all of you.
Are you with us? Which books would you MOST like to discuss here?