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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 […]

The Tortoise & the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney

There is no question that the Caldecott committee will be taking a good, long look at Jerry Pinkney’s Tortoise & the Hare. Past winners always deserve special notice, and this is a companion to his other nearly-wordless Aesop offering and 2010 Caledecott winner, The Lion & the Mouse. Not to mention his five Caldecott honor awards […]

Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Here’s a wordless book with flaps from Chronicle Books, which is one of those good publishers outside the mainstream NYC publisher location. Molly Idle’s Flora and the Flamingo keeps things simple with lots and lots of white space and a limited (mostly pink, yellow, and soft black) palette. The plot is simple: girl sees flamingo, girl […]

More Ruzzier: Bear and Bee

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On Wednesday, Martha posted about Sergio Ruzzier’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? (written by Eve Bunting). Ruzzier has another book getting some award buzzzz this year: Bear and Bee. Ruzzier’s pen-and-ink line is distinctively his: simultaneously elegant and casual, they add a sense of motion, even to basic horizon lines. His playful, shaky […]