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Wolf in the Snow

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I am not a decisive person, it seems. I have difficulty coming up with a list of Caldecott contenders IN LATE AUGUST, when traditionally Robin Smith, Lolly Robinson, and I kick off the Calling Caldecott season with our predictions (or, at least, our choices of books that we think should/could be in the running). But […]

Town Is by the Sea

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Next month Groundwood Books will release one of the most beautiful picture books of the year. Written by Joanne Schwartz, with pictures by Sydney Smith, Town Is by the Sea follows a boy as he goes about his ordinary summer day — playing on the playground, eating lunch, going to the store to get groceries for his mom […]

The Caldecott Calendar

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Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a series of posts by various former members of various former Caldecott committees  😉 who will in the coming months here on this blog discuss the committee process as well as some of the challenges and issues faced — from handling the deluge of books committee members […]

Science books and the Caldecott

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It’s rare enough for a nonfiction picture book to get Caldecott recognition — but a science book? Never. True, a biography of a scientist, Snowflake Bentley, won the medal in 1999, and a hybrid poetry/science book, Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems, was an honor book in 2006. There have definitely been more science-book contenders in […]

And the seasons, they go round and round

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Every January, a new cycle begins: as the 2017 Caldecott committee makes their choices and ends their service (thank you, 2017 Caldecott Committee!), the 2018 Caldecott committee begins their work. We are pleased to say that this year we will attempt to echo that work as the year unfolds. Members of the 2018 committee are already on the […]

From the 2017 Caldecott committee

The 2017 Caldecott committee

Two weeks ago, as chair of the 2017 Caldecott committee, I had the honor of making phone calls to five individuals — and making a little magic happen in their lives. I know that the magic, enchantment, and adrenaline rush that was the experience of the 2017 Caldecott committee is still going on. When I look at photos (and […]

The YMA Phone Calls

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So, I had to stay home again. I wasn’t in any of the little rooms where it happened, nor was I in the giant room where it was announced. Blech. I was, however, in a queen-sized bed with all manner of wireless devices surrounding me. I was prepared. And a good thing, too, because the […]

What do you think of the REAL Caldecott winners?

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So, I bet a lot of you watched the awards live online. If you didn’t, here’s the link where you can see what happened this morning http://ala.unikron.com/2017/ I’m putting this post up really fast so you all have a place to respond to the winners. Martha and Robin and I will chime in later. Radiant […]

Announcing the 2017 Calling Caldecott winners

2017 Calling Caldecott winners

Our Mock Caldecott vote has concluded. Thanks to everyone (if our numbers and math are correct, over 600 of you—a record number) who participated. There may be hope for us all if we all still care this passionately about picture books. The winner of our Mock Caldecott, with a phenomenally high 1026 total points, is […]

2017 Ballot #1 results — and ballot #2 now open

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The three of us watched the voting in real time yesterday and last night, and woke up early today to check numbers before the balloting closed at 9 am. This is a really exciting time for us, but it can also be heartbreaking as we see some of our favorites are not getting the voter love […]