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Julie Danielson

About Julie Danielson

Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She also writes for Kirkus Reviews and BookPage and is a lecturer for the School of Information Sciences graduate program at the University of Tennessee. Her book Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, written with Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta, was published in 2014.

Egg

Every time I see a new book from Kevin Henkes, I think of that time that Bruce Handy wrote in the New York Times, “It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius.” Bona fide genius or not, I do think Henkes is a master of the picture book form. And he’s got three Caldecott […]

“Be a Robin Reader”

It was hard for the family and friends of Horn Book contributor Robin Smith to say goodbye to her after her death from bone cancer in late June, but we gathered to do so in Nashville in mid-July of this year. There were lots of tears as friends, family, colleagues, and many of her current […]

Time to Get This Party Started

If I wasn’t separated by a little over a thousand miles from Martha and Lolly, I’d give them high-fives right about now, because it’s finally time, you all. It’s time to pave the way for the list of 2017 picture books we’ll be discussing here on Calling Caldecott. Martha, Lolly, and I are working on a […]

WWRD?

A big hello to the Calling Caldecott community from here in middle Tennessee! I’ve been reading this blog since its inception in 2011. Since conversations about picture books and illustration aren’t regular occurrences with your so-called average person on the street, I’m always happy to find those places where picture books are discussed and appreciated […]

A tribute

I used to repeatedly tell my friend Robin Smith that my professional motto in life is: WWRD? (What Would Robin Do?) I think she thought I was joking, but I wasn’t. I know enough to respect those who came before me in the field of children’s literature — to know their names and read their […]

“Her Kid Held Up a Book. You’ll Never Guess What This Mother Did Next.”*

(*Note on this post’s title: I’ve had so-called “clickbait” on my mind since I’ve been listening to podcasts about the effects of social media on journalism and politics. I thought I’d try it out. Wow. It’s annoying, but it is a little bit of a thrill to get sensationalistic for a moment. Anyway…back to the […]

Come Home, Angus

I have never been on a Caldecott committee (and nor will I ever be, since I write publicly at more than one place throughout the year about picture books), and I have a deep reverence for the work these committees do annually. But I admit to a sort of hushed reverence, because it’s all rather […]

2015 in Review: The Year in Pictures

2015 was a striking, if fractious, year for picture books. At ALA, picture books were in the spotlight not just for their usual recognition — with Sophie Blackall receiving the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie — but also for winning top awards in many more categories: the Batchelder Award went to a picture book […]

The Night World

There’s a lot to like about The Night World, from Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein. Unlike your esteemed leaders here at Calling Caldecott, I’ve never been on the Caldecott committee, but if I were, this book would be in my serious-consideration stack. Let’s start with the dust jacket. It welcomes readers with a window, as a […]

Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art

Raise your hand if you find it challenging to determine the media used for picture book illustrations today. Even before computers, art labeled “mixed media” left readers scratching their heads over how the pictures were rendered. Increasingly challenging in today’s digital world is ascertaining whether picture book art is hand-crafted or computer-assisted. For Caldecott committee […]