It’s hot, it’s humid and it’s time for Calling Caldecott again! We will start in earnest in a day or two, when we come back with our list of books we think will be talked about in the conference rooms of ALA Philadelphia in January 2014, but for now, I wanted to get everyone up to speed on what’s going on with us.
This year, we start off with co-blogger Lolly Robinson on the DL. (Sorry, folks, with baseball season coming down to the wire, my mind is on the disabled list a lot.) She is working hard in her unexpected offseason to get back for our run at the pennant. All of us at the blog and in the real world know that she would love to be here, but she needs to spend some more time in rehab so that can help the team a little later in the season. We send her all best wishes for the speediest of recoveries, and hope she returns just as soon as she can. I am going to have to rely on as much of Lolly’s training in the picky points of blog design as I can remember. Be nice and ignore all the mistakes I will probably make. When Lolly returns, she will probably sneak in and clean up behind me.
In the meantime we have the able services of Martha Parravano, a dream of a pinch hitter, who will be filling in while Lolly recuperates. (And, with that, I am out of baseball references!)
Martha is the executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine and has served on a bunch of book committees, including the 2008 Newbery Committee. I have known Martha for a long time, back when neither of us had cell phones or knew what the word “blog” meant. I know you will all enjoy her wit, intelligence, and perspective.
In a few days, we will be back with the titles we are considering for this year’s discussions. At that time, we will want to hear from you, of course! What have you loved this year? Get your own top-five lists made and be ready to share them later this week.
Until then, keep on reading!