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Egg

Every time I see a new book from Kevin Henkes, I think of that time that Bruce Handy wrote in the New York Times, “It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius.” Bona fide genius or not, I do think Henkes is a master of the picture book form. And he’s got three Caldecott […]

The Guests Are Here; or, We Kick Off Our List

Well, since Tuesday’s post was called “Let’s Get This Party Started,” we’ll continue with our party metaphor by telling you that all the guests are here, the mixed nuts are out, and the dance music is blaring. That’s right: We’re here today with our list of several dozen 2017 Caldecott-eligible books. We have gathered them […]

Time to Get This Party Started

If I wasn’t separated by a little over a thousand miles from Martha and Lolly, I’d give them high-fives right about now, because it’s finally time, you all. It’s time to pave the way for the list of 2017 picture books we’ll be discussing here on Calling Caldecott. Martha, Lolly, and I are working on a […]

WWRD?

A big hello to the Calling Caldecott community from here in middle Tennessee! I’ve been reading this blog since its inception in 2011. Since conversations about picture books and illustration aren’t regular occurrences with your so-called average person on the street, I’m always happy to find those places where picture books are discussed and appreciated […]

Another September; another welcome

As we have done for the past six years, Calling Caldecott is gearing up for another season of intense discussion about picture books, especially Caldecott-eligible titles. This year is not like the others, however, because it will be the first time that we will be operating without Robin Smith. As most of you know, Robin (along with Lolly […]

Banquets and bling

Continuing with this series of behind-the-scenes of the Caldecott committee, I thought it would be fun to give you peek at the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet, which took place just last month at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. (If you haven’t yet, please read Javaka Steptoe’s Caldecott speech and Martha’s post about it.) You may have […]

Silver medals

Hello, everyone. I’m back from ALA’s annual conference, which began (for me) with the devastatingly sad news that Robin Smith, co-author of this blog, had died, and ended (for me) with the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder banquet. I will be using this space to remember our beloved Robin in the near future — oh, let’s face it, I’ll probably be […]

A tribute

I used to repeatedly tell my friend Robin Smith that my professional motto in life is: WWRD? (What Would Robin Do?) I think she thought I was joking, but I wasn’t. I know enough to respect those who came before me in the field of children’s literature — to know their names and read their […]

Dear Robin

Dear Robin: It’s time. Despite your grace and courage in facing the coming reality, I’m not ready, will never be ready. But it’s time to say what needs to be said. I want to thank you for so many things. For me, personally and professionally, you have been a role model, a compass, and an opener of doors. […]

Caldecott Club

“How low can we go?” That was the key question when I decided to create a monthly Caldecott Club at my public library a few years ago. I’d read about the in-depth discussions that happened during the Mock Caldecotts held at other public and school libraries, and was thrilled to think that we might be […]