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Egg

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This book is both exactly what you’d expect from the cover — and totally different. A heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty and persistence, with a surprising and subversive twist. A book of few words, but tons of fun to read aloud. A color palette that remains constant even as the story takes an unexpected turn. A picture book for the very, […]

On the Radar

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Herewith a few tantalizing covers for anyone who is looking forward with anticipation to this year’s Caldecott crop — I know these illustrators’ names are on all your radars…     The cover of the Julie Fogliano/Christian Robinson book draws us in with its unusual shape and the childlike simplicity of its type and image; the […]

A Different Pond

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So, I apologize in advance for any frustration this entry may cause. Today’s featured book won’t be published until … August. Sorry about that! I do try to talk about books that everyone can access — but this one just now crossed my desk and I can’t help but give it some attention. I’m not usually all about the cover, but when I […]

It’s Raining Books

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The 2018 Caldecott committee is likely getting some interesting parcels right about now. Brown cardboard boxes, shiney red bubble-wrap envelopes, annoying padded mailers that spew paper fibers all over the place when opened. The book deluge has begun. As Karen MacPherson (who served with me on Caldecott 2016) remembers, “It was always a thrill to get […]

Out of Wonder

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets is an unusual book: a collection of original poems by three contemporary poets celebrating the work of twenty established poets, from Rumi to Gwendolyn Brooks to Naomi Shihab Nye. Just looking at the cover is enough to see that illustrator Ekua Holmes (winner of, among other awards, a 2015 Caldecott Honor for […]

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 […]