Robin Smith

About Robin Smith

Robin Smith is a second-grade teacher at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a reviewer for Kirkus and The Horn Book Magazine and has served on multiple award committees.

Angela Johnson on All Different Now

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On this day in 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued — abolition was finally announced in Texas, the last stronghold of slavery. In the May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked author Angela Johnson about the closing words and image of All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First […]

Review of All Different Now

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All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson; 
illus. by E. B. Lewis Primary    Simon    40 pp. 5/14    978-0-689-87376-8    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-0647-5    $10.99 Juneteenth — commemorating June 19th, 1865, the date slaves in Texas finally learned of their emancipation — is a day of celebration for many African Americans. In […]

Review of More of Monkey & Robot

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More of Monkey & Robot by Peter Catalanotto; illus. by the author Primary    Jackson/Atheneum    58 pp. 3/14    978-1-4424-5251-0    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4424-5253-4    $9.99 Monkey and Robot are back (Monkey & Robot, rev. 1/13) in four stories for new readers. Monkey continues to make a mess, and Robot patiently helps him fix things. First Monkey worries […]

Picture Book Fix, the linked-up edition

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I assume you are all waiting next to your mailbox for the newest Horn Book magazine. It’s ALL ABOUT ILLUSTRATION, people! While you are waiting, here are a few teasers that have been released early for your picture book pleasure. Let me walk you through the digital content while you wait for the whole gorgeous […]

See you soon?

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It’s been a blast visiting with you over the past few months. At times, we had to scramble to keep up with all the reading and writing, but I hope you all enjoyed the ride with us. Martha, Lolly, and I will pop in over the course of the coming months to let you know […]

Talking my eight-year-olds down from the ledge

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It’s hard to know where to go when your second graders are more interested in figuring out why Mr. Tiger Goes Wild did not win a Caldecott than they are in telling you they missed you while you were in Philadelphia. No one wanted to tattle on each other or tell me long stories about […]

Philadelphia Dreaming

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Well, that was a fast weekend. One moment I was racing out of the carpool lane at school in Nashville to make my flight, and before I knew what hit me, I was looking at the departure board at Philadelphia Airport. Midwinter ALA is a working conference. Most people are doing committee work for a good […]

My Head Is Full of Books

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If you are here looking for analysis of the awards, you are too early. I am typing this about 7 hours before the ceremony. Check back later for reactions. Here are some things I am thinking about, having spent the past few days immersed in books: Here is the sad truth: I do not see […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 ballot #1 results

Calling Caldecott 2014 second ballot

Well, well, well. Here you have it, the results of our first ballot. Martha, Lolly, and I have been obsessively checking the returns all weekend. It’s amazing that anything got done here or in Boston. So, take a look. And if you see any arithmetic mistakes, holler at us and we will get it fixed. […]

Mr. Wuffles! and Journey: Compare and Contrast

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What does a wordless picture book about an imaginary world have in common with a mostly wordless book about a cat’s encounter with aliens?  Whether these two books – Journey and Mr. Wuffles! – have anything in common is an interesting question, but that is exactly what the Caldecott committee will have to consider. It might not be these […]