Books for Lolly’s children’s lit class, spring 2014

I’ve been asked to share the list of books my class will be reading during our 6-week children’s lit module this spring — and that we will be discussing here on the blog during that time. Here you go! Class 1 February 27 (book posts will go up Sat., Feb 22) Where the Wild Things […]

Calling all teachers — and everyone else, too

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I’m thrilled to announce a new blog launching at the Horn Book today. Lolly’s Classroom will look at books and reading from a teacher’s perspective — but we’re hoping to get plenty of non-teacher readers as well. There’s no question that book discussions become richer when the people discussing them come from a variety of backgrounds. […]

Welcome to the classroom

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I’m thrilled to welcome you to opening day of the Horn Book’s newest blog — and eager to start uploading the first real posts about books and issues. Our focus will be using children’s trade books (which includes everything up through YA) in educational settings, and we plan to post two or three times a […]

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Please use the comments below as a suggestion box to let us know about particular issues you would like us to cover. If you think you or someone you know would be a good blogger for this site, please email a resume and sample blog post to Lolly Robinson.

Calling Caldecott 2014 second ballot is open!

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We’re heading into the home stretch. Robin, Martha, and I are excited to see how this final vote plays out, especially since the last ballot had some very close votes. It seems pretty clear that either Mr. Tiger Goes Wild or Journey will be the winner, but which one? And what will the honor books […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 ballot #1 open

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As promised, here is a link to the ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. Tuesday (EST), and we’ll post the results AND the titles that will move on to the second ballot at noon on Tuesday. For those who want to think some more before voting, here (below) is the list again. Please […]

Calling Caldecott first ballot announced

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We had planned to start our vote after the weekend, but then we realized that many of you will have this coming Monday off for the Martin Luther King holiday. Polls will still close this Tuesday at 9 a.m. as previously  announced, but the ballot itself will go live here at noon today. You will […]

Heeere’s the voting schedule

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I find it hard to believe that we’re just two weeks from The Announcement at ALA. At the end of this week Calling Caldecott will become Calling MOCK Caldecott when all of you get to vote for the winners and honor books. Here’s the schedule. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time. Friday, January 17 […]

What’s (new) with computer art? And Crankenstein and a pretty great Unicorn.

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I started having the conversation about using computers to create or enhance picture book illustrations back when this was what my computer looked like. It was already clear how quickly technology was advancing. I sure thought that by now our thinking about computers and picture books would have advanced further than it has. At first, […]

The quiet Train

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As in most train books, Elisha Cooper talks about the great size of trains and the sounds they make. But Cooper doesn’t make a big effort to sell the excitement of trains. Rather, he seems to be standing back and observing closely, never giving in to the obvious. This is a book for kids who already […]