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The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

Perched on her rocking chair (brightly painted by her students with Alabama outsider artist Chris Clark), teacher Robin Smith would launch with glee and gusto into a beloved picture book, her second graders in a semicircle at her feet. Every day for 24 years she would read to her students — hundreds of picture books […]

The Official 2019 Caldecott Winners

The day has come! The 2019 Caldecott Medal Selection Committee has made its choices. The winner is: Hello Lighthouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (This is her second Caldecott Medal — Finding Winnie won in 2016). The honor books are: Alma and How She Got Her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal The Rough […]

Calling Caldecott: Not a Crystal Ball

We mentioned this in yesterday’s post, but it’s worth repeating: our mock vote yesterday was really close! WOWZERS. (You can head here to see the results if you haven’t seen the numbers yet.) As we watched the results come in yesterday, we were oohing and aahing over how close it was, especially between the top […]

And the winner of the 2019 Calling Caldecott mock vote is…

…Yuyi Morales’s Dreamers Congratulations to Yuyi Morales for winning the mock vote here at Calling Caldecott! It’s been a bit of a wild ride, though. If you look at the full results of our vote, you’ll see that this was almost too close to call: 1st choice (4 points) 2nd choice (3 points) 3rd choice […]

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #2 now open

We are almost finished! Our second ballot starts now and will be open until 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (Thursday, January 24), and we will announce the winner of our mock vote in the afternoon. In less than a week! — Monday, January 28! — we will find out which books will receive recognition from the Real Caldecott committee. As noted last […]

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 results

The first round of voting is complete! Thanks to everyone who weighed in. As regular Calling Caldecott readers know — but it bears repeating for new folks — the real Caldecott Committee is required to vote for three books on each ballot, specifying 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. When the votes are in, they are […]

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 is open

Here is a link to the 2019 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, January 22. Sometime that afternoon, we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. [Note: because Monday is a federal holiday, we decided to let voting continue until Tuesday morning rather than Monday. […]

2019 Calling Caldecott ballot #1 and voting instructions

It’s time for the 2019 mock vote here at Calling Caldecott! We have been discussing books here at the blog as far back as early March, and we hope you all have been reading and thinking and poring over books. The actual ALA Youth Media Awards will be in less than two weeks, but it’s […]

Our Picture Book Year

Jules: So, we here at Calling Caldecott have wrapped up our book coverage, and it’s almost time for the mock vote. (More on that tomorrow!) But before that happens we thought we’d have a brief discussion about the year. No predictions here, because no one has a crystal ball. But we thought it’d be fun to […]

A Parade of Elephants

This year on Calling Caldecott we’ve had an impassioned plea for Caldecott recognition for board books. The title under discussion today isn’t a board book (well, not yet). But it’s for the same audience, and I’m about to make an impassioned plea for its recognition. Kevin Henkes’s A Parade of Elephants is both simplicity itself (a group […]