Caldecott 2013

z is for moose

As a book reviewer, one of the authors of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog, and a second-grade teacher, picture books are a huge part of my life. There are times when I feel overwhelmed by them. My dining room table groans with the weight of Books I Love, each vying for a coveted spot […]

Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer on The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)

beatles photo

In the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, authors of The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny), about the Beatles’ music in their own lives. Read Robin’s review here. Robin L. Smith: What was the first Beatles song you memorized? Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer: The […]

Review of The Beatles Were Fab 
(and They Were Funny)


The Beatles Were Fab 
(and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer; illus. by Stacy Innerst Primary     Harcourt     40 pp. 3/13     978-0-547-50991-4      $16.99 Since the early sixties, the Beatles have defined the musical landscape of the world, influencing generations of listeners and musicians. Beatlemania, from its beginning in Liverpool to the band’s final […]

Review of Poison

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Poison by Bridget Zinn Middle School    Hyperion    280 pp. 3/13    978-1-4231-3993-5    $16.99    g Sixteen-year-old Kyra is a girl with more than her share of secrets. Living in the world of witches, dwarves, potion masters, shape shifters, and the like, she is reluctant to trust anyone, even her best friend and the future queen, Ariana. Readers […]

The sounds of books being printed

A Splash of Red

It’s about time for us to roll up our tent, shovel our snow, and retreat for a few months of reading and planning. Calling Caldecott might be back here and there if necessary, but mostly we will be waiting on our porches and offices and bookstores for books to talk about starting in September. For […]

Awards and more awards

little dog lost: the true story of a brave dog namd baltic

Though we primarily chat about the Caldecott, we get downright giddy when some of out favorites get recognized by other smart folks. The Gryphon  award was announced today and two of out favorites are there. This will make Lolly smile.       Feel free to post links to other picture book awards in the comments. Many of us […]

ALA, the Sunday version

Here they are, talking about Notable books.

Here are a few pictures from my day. I did not take pictures at the publisher breakfast. It was a tad crowded and I was balancing a coffee cup on my knee. But I did get to hear about a bunch of new books. Always a good thing. Some librarians had volunteered to help out […]

ALA update


Well, I am trying to do something I have never done in WordPress before…insert pictures. I must apologize to you and Lolly for the blurriness of said pictures. Turns out that spiffy camera you all have in your iPhone is not the same as the one in my iTouch. First, I have been looking at […]

Honors and Medal and Voting, Oh My!

Graph showing totalled tallies for all nine books

Picking honor books is one of the mysterious parts of the whole book committee experience. On the Caldecott committee, the manual is strangely quiet on the question of honor books. After the winner is (finally, sometimes) chosen, ”The committee then addresses the question of whether to name honor books. The committee may name as many or […]

Mocking the Caldecott

Robin Smith

A number of you run Mock Caldecotts at your school, library, book club, car pool…wherever 15 or so are gathered in the name of picture books. I hope you will share your results right here in the comments. I think many of us would love to know HOW you conduct the reading, discussion, and voting. […]