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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.

Mock Caldecotts 2018

Know what I miss the most about school librarianship, other than story times? Mock Caldecotts. This is the time of year for them, and I love to read about the educators out there who talk to students about the 2017 picture books they love, delve into detailed discussions about them, and prep them for mock-voting in early […]

A Perfect Day

Lane Smith’s A Perfect Day was released early this year (February) and is a book that has made an appearance on multiple Caldecott prediction lists throughout the year. It’s a story that, from a pedagogical point of view (I was trained as a school librarian, so I can’t help it), works well to demonstrate point […]

The New York Times Best Illustrated List

I look forward every year to the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Move over, hot cocoa with marshmallows. The announcement of this list is my very favorite thing about fall. The 2017 titles were announced yesterday. This is the first year the NYT has joined forces with the New York Public Library, and they’ve even […]

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

On Tuesday, Patrick Gall reminded us that here at Calling Caldecott this year we’ve looked at several minimalist picture books. That changes today with Jerry Pinkney’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This is the story you knew as a child — up to a certain point. In the book’s closing Artist’s Note, Pinkney writes about having […]

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 […]