Caldecott 2014: The Year in Pictures

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Welcome to Las Vegas! City of lights, city of sin; of excess, exploitation, and glitter. It may be an unlikely spot for a library conference, but its unofficial slogan makes it an apt one: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I’m referring here not to mayhem and debauchery (although…feel free) but to the famed […]

YA is the new black

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As we fans know, the Netflix original Orange Is the New Black is set in Litchfield Penitentiary, a federal prison for women in upstate New York. This prison is clearly underfunded. It’s falling apart. Its limited resources are being siphoned off by despicable assistant warden Fig. The sewers are backing up into the drains in […]

Of purple suits and such: The Art of The Wind Rises

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If you are looking forward to seeing Roger at ALA wearing a lavender-colored suit (as promised recently on Facebook) — this blog post is for you. With The Art of The Wind Rises (April 2014), VIZ Media of San Francisco has published a visually stunning companion to Japanese director Hayao Mikazaki’s visually stunning animated film. Those who have seen the […]

Bummer summer

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Who says summer reads have to be all beaches and rainbows? Four emotionally resonant YA novels explore love and grief, families and friendships. Cadence Sinclair Eastman, eldest grandchild of a wealthy but dysfunctional clan, tells readers about an accident that happened during her fifteenth summer on her family’s private island, leaving her with debilitating migraines […]

Worlds collide

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Readers of this blog will know exactly why I am linking to this month’s School Library Journal‘s cover story: kudos to Brian Floca, Locomotive, and our own Robin Smith!

YA love stories for Valentine’s Day

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Looking to get swept away or to think about love’s deeper meaning? Lighthearted or serious, set in the U.S. or Iran, these four books will leave older YAs breathless for love. For more recommendations, see “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” from the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine. When high school senior Hayley Kincain […]

The Return of Travis Jonker

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Back in early January 2014 Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker filled us in on his preparations for his committee’s Midwinter deliberations. Here, Travis (Michigan elementary-school librarian and author of the 100 Scope Notes blog, hosted on the SLJ website) returns with a brief postmortem. Love his answers, and LOVE the accompanying graphic. Thanks so much, Travis.       1.  How do you feel […]

2014 Caldecott Winners Announced

2014 Caldecott winners

Well, well, well, as Robin is wont to say. In case any devoted followers of this blog missed it ;), the Caldecott winner and honor books were announced this morning, and they are: Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca Honors: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; and Mr. Wuffles! by David […]

Soooo close! But the Calling Caldecott winner is Journey

Journey wins, Tiger honors

  Congratulations to both of these deserving books and their creators! The vote was so ridiculously close that it was almost too close to call: But a winner must be named, because, as I type, the members of ALSC’s 2014 Caldecott committee are gathering in Philadelphia, preparing for their marathon weekend of meetings that will result in the […]

One More Time!

Journey and Mr. Tiger

We promised to post the results of our second ballot this morning . . . but we can’t. A few things went wrong with the voting, including some pretty blatant ballot stuffing. So we won’t show you all the numbers, but we can tell you that once again Aaron Becker’s Journey and Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes […]