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 […]

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

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In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here. Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject? Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to […]

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Locomotive: Compare and Contrast

apples and oranges

On Tuesday Robin took a second look at Journey and Mr. Wuffles!; today I am grouping another two books with, perhaps, little in common except their excellence, their top-notch production values, their presence on many mock Caldecott winning ballots—and the distinct possibility that they’ll find a place on the real Caldecott table in Philadelphia. Can […]

“Listen, if you will…”

mcneal_far far away audio

When the ghost of Jacob Grimm speaks, you’d better listen. It’s a pleasure to listen to the audiobook versions of Far Far Away and the following other books for older readers. Tom McNeal’s novel Far Far Away begins as the lonely ghost of Jacob Grimm arrives in Never Better and meets young Jeremy Johnson Johnson, […]

In which we check in with current Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker

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Time for a reality check, everybody! Robin, Lolly, and I have been immersed in our mock Caldecott world, but in fact there is an actual 2014 Caldecott committee out there ;), feverishly preparing for their closed-door marathon sessions at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, which begins on January 24. Travis Jonker – Michigan elementary-school librarian; author of the 100 Scope […]

The Tree Lady

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A few weeks ago we put out a call for titles we might have missed, and Ed Wolfer recommended this book. It’s a complete coincidence — scouts’ honor — but the timing of this post coincides with a blizzard here in New England. The warm colors and desert world evoked in this inspiring picture book […]

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

fishything

Here it is, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. A rather quiet time – so it’s the perfect moment to discuss a distinctly UNquiet picture book. Snoozy and understated this book ain’t. Papa’s Mechanical Fish tells the story of eccentric (and unheralded) inventor Lodner Phillips, who builds a working submarine in the summer of […]

The Mighty Lalouche

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The Mighty Lalouche is something of a late bloomer, showing up on best-of-the-year lists (including School Library Journal’s and this blog) and various libraries’ mock Caldecott ballots. A come-from-behind contender, as it were, which is quite appropriate given its subject: a modest, unassuming Parisian postman who becomes an unlikely champion of the sport of “la box […]