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 […]

Review of Big Bad Wolf and Itsy Bitsy Spider

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Big Bad Wolf [Urgency Emergency!] by Dosh Archer; illus. by the author Primary    Whitman    48 pp. 9/13    978-0-8075-8352-4    $12.99 Itsy Bitsy Spider [Urgency Emergency!] by Dosh Archer; illus. by the author Primary    Whitman    48 pp. 9/13    978-0-8075-8358-6    $12.99 New readers are in for a treat with these British imports. Both are set in an emergency […]

Our Crystal Ball

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As soon as the calendar turns to the new year, I start hearing voices. No, they aren’t the voices of my 2013 resolutions reminding me of their long-ignored status; they are the queries from children’s book people wondering, “What will win the Caldecott and Newbery awards?” This is a dreadful question because the only correct […]

Mock Caldecott Results, Please

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That’s a mockingbird, in case you were wondering. Now you know. And now I know that this particular bird, the state bird of my fair state of Tennessee, is called a Mimus polyglottos. I know lots of you will spend the next few weeks running discussion groups about the upcoming children’s book awards. (Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott […]

Frog Song

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At the beginning of the year, way back when I was wandering the booths at ALA’s Midwinter convention, a few books grabbed my attention. Some of them have dropped off my list of favorites of the year, but Frog Song continues to find a spot there. Maybe it’s that oversized strawberry poison dart frog on the cover. […]