The Horn Book » Calling Caldecott http://www.hbook.com Publications about books for children and young adults Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:34:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Early days yet http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/early-days/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/early-days/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=40644 Hello! Welcome back to all you Calling Caldecott devotees — and welcome to those here for the first time this fall. This is the final post of a week in which Robin, Lolly, and I are making preliminary lists of the picture books eligible for Caldecott recognition that have, early in the process, struck a chord with each of us. Perhaps a book looks like […]

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iridescence 246x300 Early days yetHello! Welcome back to all you Calling Caldecott devotees — and welcome to those here for the first time this fall. This is the final post of a week in which Robin, Lolly, and I are making preliminary lists of the picture books eligible for Caldecott recognition that have, early in the process, struck a chord with each of us. Perhaps a book looks like a definite contender; perhaps it presents something of significance to discuss; perhaps it’s simply a book one of us has fallen in love with. I’m sure you all have seen 2014 picture books that fall into one of those categories! And we hope to hear what they are. (Thanks for all the comments and suggestions so far.)

It’s not surprising that we haven’t listed all the same books; it’s also not surprising that there is substantial overlap. The same thing is likely happening with the actual Caldecott committee, as the members share their own suggestions for potential contenders.

So without further ado, here are some of the books that have caught my eye, my attention, and/or my love icon smile Early days yet so far:

The Farmer and the Clown (Beach Lane) by Marla Frazee. Yes, there is a lot of love for this book in the office, and for good reason. It’s a wordless book with a emotionally resonant story; significant character development; brilliant use of page turns to tell the story and show the passage of time — all achieved solely through pictures.

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus (Eerdmans), illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant. In complete contrast: all about words; so many words organically incorporated into Sweet’s controlled-chaos collage illustrations. (Will someone on the committee feel the need to count them all? if so good luck!)

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Chronicle) illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Patricia Hruby Powell. A perfect marriage of form and content (ie, it’s dazzling on every level).

Viva Frida (Porter/Roaring Brook) illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales. A wholly original and daring distillation of the creative process; I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about it.

Draw! (Simon) illustrated by Raul Colon. Very different in setting, palette, and style from last year’s honor book Journey, yet with intriguing similarities.

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) illustrated by Rick Allen, written by Joyce Sidman. Here it’s a toss-up as to which is stronger, the text or the art; take your pick.

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse (Porter/Roaring Brook) illustrated by Hadley Hooper, written by Patricia MacLachlan. The transformative power of art, made manifest; I love how the art captures the essence of, but doesn’t try to reproduce, Matisse’s work.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick) illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett. A true picture book (text and art working together interdependently) with sustained humor and enormous child appeal.

SUCH a preliminary list. From now on I’ll be busy tracking down the suggestions of my fellow Calling Caldecott bloggers and commenters: discovering new books, adding to the list, comparing and re-weighing and perhaps taking books off the list — just like the actual committee.

 

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Taking stock http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/taking-stock/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/taking-stock/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=40529 Now it’s my turn, and I find myself not quite as ready as I’d like to be. My job here involves looking at every picture book we review in search of the perfect art with which to illustrate the review. This means I have leafed through lots of books but only spent quality time with the […]

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Now it’s my turn, and I find myself not quite as ready as I’d like to be. My job here involves looking at every picture book we review in search of the perfect art with which to illustrate the review. This means I have leafed through lots of books but only spent quality time with the ones I reviewed myself, plus a few more that caught my eye at the time.

So my list today is fairly short, but I expect it to grow in the next few weeks as we all start discussing titles.

Starting at the top, I have a hunch these two books will be on our final ballot:

  • Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson (The art is jazzy, tactile, and grounded. Robinson is a new illustrator to watch.)
  • Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Just wow. Can’t wait to talk about this one.)

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These are both picture-book biographies, which tend to present extra challenges since they need to get the facts right while keeping everything visually interesting. But also, the art style needs to reflect the essence of the person the book is about. If the author isn’t going to illustrate the book, it’s up to the editor to choose someone with just the right vibe. I won’t name titles here, but there are a number of well-received picture book biographies with good text and good illustrations that don’t quite work together to illuminate the spirit of their subject.

*Ooof* <– That’s me stepping off the soapbox and getting back on track.

This year doesn’t feel quite as rich in picture book greatness as 2013, but then we still have a few more months. Publishers sometimes time their best books to come out late in the year. Other books I’m eager to discuss here are:

  • Draw! by Raúl Colón (it’s about time for this guy to win the Medal!)
  • Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca (last year’s winner gets on my list by default, even if the new book isn’t as good — but this one is a real charmer)
  • The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee (getting lots of buzz here in the office)
  • Buried Sunlight by Penny Chisholm and Molly Bang, illustrated by Molly Bang (admittedly a long shot, but I want us to discuss it)
  • Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (of course!)
  • Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson (another title from newcomer-to-watch Robinson)
  • My Bus by Byron Barton (can a book so simple win?)

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Getting to the top shelf http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/getting-top-shelf/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/getting-top-shelf/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=40572 Here is the truth of the matter: in less than three months, each individual Caldecott committee member will nominate seven books out of the hundreds he or she has seen this year. It’s kind of a sickening task: either you appreciate SO MANY that you have trouble cutting any out, or you really only have […]

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IMG 4044 225x300 Getting to the top shelfHere is the truth of the matter: in less than three months, each individual Caldecott committee member will nominate seven books out of the hundreds he or she has seen this year. It’s kind of a sickening task: either you appreciate SO MANY that you have trouble cutting any out, or you really only have found a few that make your heart go pitter-patter. I won’t say what kind of year I am having with the 2014 books,  but I am going to limit myself to seven right now. I always fear that I will overwhelm others if I name too many. In no particular order, here are the seven that are on my top shelf right now, either because they really wow me or because I am intrigued by them and want to hear further discussion. (Because I live in mortal fear of Missing Something, I must say that I am waiting on a few books right now, including The Iridescence of Birds, A Letter for Leo, and Nana in the City. I know there are many more to come, so I am clearly hedging my bets here.) (And don’t try to figure out what is on the tiny shelf adjacent to my dining table. It’s one of many shelves, incomprehensible even to me.)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus (illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant)

Separate Is Never Equal (by Duncan Tontatiuh)

Hug Machine (by Scott Campbell)

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom (illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Angela Johnson)

The Farmer and the Clown (by Marla Frazee)

Gaston (illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Kelly DiPucchio)

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads (illustrated by Lane Smith, written by Bob Shea)

I can’t wait to see what Lolly and Martha have in mind right now. Of course our minds will change many, many times over the next few months. I look forward to the roller coaster.

 

 

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Dusting off the blog http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/dusting-blog/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/dusting-blog/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=40402 School has started, and you know what that means…yup, we’re baaaack! For me, it means my second graders are getting in the groove, and now it’s time for me to relearn WordPress and try to twist Lolly’s arm for amusing graphics to brighten up the blog. Lolly Robinson, Martha Parravano, and I are going through our […]

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callingcaldecott featherduster 271x288 Dusting off the blogSchool has started, and you know what that means…yup, we’re baaaack! For me, it means my second graders are getting in the groove, and now it’s time for me to relearn WordPress and try to twist Lolly’s arm for amusing graphics to brighten up the blog.

Lolly Robinson, Martha Parravano, and I are going through our stacks of picture books, reading reviews, and trying to figure out a thing or two. First, what in the world is going to win the Caldecott Award this year? Second, how can we get into the hearts and minds of the committee members and figure out how they are managing the boxes of books that are currently invading their homes and taking over every available space?

Here’s how it’s going to go down this year. Pay attention: we are Changing Things Up a bit.

First, each of us is going to post very briefly about what we are seeing that we like. We are not going to put together a definitive list quite yet. Then, what we want from you, smart readers and people of strong opinions, are your suggestions. Tell us what you are loving and why you think the real committee will love your choices as well. We will be reading the comments closely. Lolly, Martha, and I will have a little chat (yes, it’s Project Runway season again!) and proceed from there.

In addition, we will be addressing some issues that we have been thinking about over the last few months, and we’d be happy to know if there is anything you are burning to talk about with us. For example, I know we will be talking about diversity in picture books, the wealth of books from other countries, and the dearth of longer story books. There is a lot more to consider, so chime in with ideas you might like to discuss with us.

We will start writing about specific books in week or so.

Check back in frequently to see which books we think will make some noise in January.

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Mr. Tiger love at last! http://www.hbook.com/2014/06/blogs/lollys-classroom/mr-tiger-love-last/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/06/blogs/lollys-classroom/mr-tiger-love-last/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:01:59 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=38080 Readers of Calling Caldecott — and all my students — will understand my joy at hearing the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announced Saturday. FINALLY some award love for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild! You can read the press release and reviews of the winning books here. We’ll put up photos from the announcement soon and you […]

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brown mr tiger goes wild Mr. Tiger love at last!Readers of Calling Caldecott — and all my students — will understand my joy at hearing the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards announced Saturday. FINALLY some award love for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild!

You can read the press release and reviews of the winning books here. We’ll put up photos from the announcement soon and you can read the tweets here.

Being on the BGHB committee is a unique experience. The judges are responsible for knowing about ALL the children’s books published in a 12-month period, not just picture books or fiction or nonfiction as with the ALA awards. But at the same time, the three-person committee streamlines the process and allows for email discussions and sitting-in-someone’s-living-room discussions that just don’t work with a 15-member committee. Congratulations to judges Nina Lindsay, Claire Gross, and Amy Pattee. Well done!

I hope you will all check out these books and read them over the next few months if you haven’t already. And you should STRONGLY consider coming to the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium in the fall. It’s a one-day conference the day after the BGHB awards and always features the winners and the award judges. Since we only just learned who won, Katrina and Roger are still working on the details, but you can save the date now: October 11, 2014. Here’s a link to last year’s program to give you a general idea. As you can see, it’s a great conference for working teachers — and anyone who loves children’s books.

HBAS Mr. Tiger love at last!

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Worlds collide http://www.hbook.com/2014/03/blogs/calling-caldecott/worlds-collide/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/03/blogs/calling-caldecott/worlds-collide/#respond Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:20:49 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=35910 Readers of this blog will know exactly why I am linking to this month’s School Library Journal‘s cover story: kudos to Brian Floca, Locomotive, and our own Robin Smith!

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locomotive1 268x300 Worlds collideReaders of this blog will know exactly why I am linking to this month’s School Library Journal‘s cover story: kudos to Brian Floca, Locomotive, and our own Robin Smith!

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Picture Book Fix, the linked-up edition http://www.hbook.com/2014/03/blogs/calling-caldecott/picture-book-fix-linked-edition/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/03/blogs/calling-caldecott/picture-book-fix-linked-edition/#respond Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:00:44 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=35874 I assume you are all waiting next to your mailbox for the newest Horn Book magazine. It’s ALL ABOUT ILLUSTRATION, people! While you are waiting, here are a few teasers that have been released early for your picture book pleasure. Let me walk you through the digital content while you wait for the whole gorgeous […]

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barton my bus Picture Book Fix, the linked up editionI assume you are all waiting next to your mailbox for the newest Horn Book magazine. It’s ALL ABOUT ILLUSTRATION, people! While you are waiting, here are a few teasers that have been released early for your picture book pleasure. Let me walk you through the digital content while you wait for the whole gorgeous magazine to get to you. 

  • First, here is a link to the last time The Horn Book published a special edition about picture books. The “Studio Views” from 1989 are right here. Isn’t that amazing?
  • Second, this article about design by Jon Scieszka and Molly Leach is being reprinted in the new print edition, too.
  • And right here is a fabulous piece by smart person and frequent Calling Caldecott poster Julie Danielson about media.
  • KT Horning, friend and brilliant reviewer (remember the guest posting on our blog??) has this review of My Bus by Byron Barton for your reading pleasure.
  • Wonder just what it takes to be recognized as a new illustrator? This piece by Shadra Strickland will challenge your assumptions and make you appreciate (and read and buy)  books by new illustrators and by illustrators of color.

Stay warm, check your mailbox, and settle in for some good reading about picture books and their makers.

PS And, in case you missed it, Lolly has a new blog! It’s all about teaching with good books. Join in the discussion right here. 

 

 

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See you soon? http://www.hbook.com/2014/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/see-soon/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/see-soon/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:59:39 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=35053 It’s been a blast visiting with you over the past few months. At times, we had to scramble to keep up with all the reading and writing, but I hope you all enjoyed the ride with us. Martha, Lolly, and I will pop in over the course of the coming months to let you know […]

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 See you soon?It’s been a blast visiting with you over the past few months. At times, we had to scramble to keep up with all the reading and writing, but I hope you all enjoyed the ride with us.

Martha, Lolly, and I will pop in over the course of the coming months to let you know what we are adding to our personal Caldecott shelves. If you see something YOU think is promising, please leave the title in the comments below. As I say all the time, I have to rely on reviews and recommendations to help make up my potential slate of Caldecott contenders, so don’t be shy!

I have not seen any finished books yet, but I am pretty excited about Lois Ehlert’s newest– The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life. It just got a star in The Horn Book, and Kirkus liked it too. I am a nut for R. Gregory Christie’s illlustrations, so I am also looking forward to seeing the book he did with Carole Boston Weatherford, Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood. I did not see it at ALA, so it might not even be a picture book. I don’t care — I have to have it.

I have quite a substantial pile of good-looking books for review, but I will wait to comment until I actually read them.

Thank you for all your recommendations, comments, opinions, and questions. Before long, it will be time to start up our postulating about next year’s crop of Caldecott-eligible books.

 

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Caldecott committee member Judy Freeman weighs in: A guest post http://www.hbook.com/2014/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/2014-caldecott-committee-member-judy-freeman-weighs-guest-post/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/2014-caldecott-committee-member-judy-freeman-weighs-guest-post/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:13:25 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=34853 [Editors' note: this post, a passionate defense of the awards committee process and an illuminating glimpse into the workings of this year's Caldecott committee, specifically, originally appeared on Calling Caldecott in the comments. We thought it merited a post of its own. So, without further ado...here's Judy!]   OK, I think I need to weigh in here at long […]

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[Editors' note: this post, a passionate defense of the awards committee process and an illuminating glimpse into the workings of this year's Caldecott committee, specifically, originally appeared on Calling Caldecott in the comments. We thought it merited a post of its own. So, without further ado...here's Judy!]

 

OK, I think I need to weigh in here at long last. I’ve been following all of your posts all year without commenting, but with great enjoyment, because, as a member of the Extremely Handsome, Lovely, Intelligent, and Talented 2014 Caldecott Committee, I couldn’t show my hand.

First off, we read all of the books you did–and many, many more that you didn’t mention. Hundreds. Every style and genre. We read them aloud to kids and adults; ran mock Caldecott elections with kids and adults; showed them to friends, family, and other artists; and read them and examined them over and over. We were immersed in art all year. It was exhilarating and exhausting. We looked at case covers, dust jackets, gate folds, gutters, flaps, and every medium imaginable. That was before we got to Midwinter. We took extensive notes  on each book, read reviews and blogs, and compared them with our own opinions. We went to museums and art galleries, read books about children’s book illustration, reflected on past Caldecotts, and thought deeply about our own tastes and preferences. We tried to evaluate books with an open mind. Are we artists? No. Do artist get ticked off that a committee of librarians and children’s literature fanatics pick a book for its art? Oh, yeah. And yet, we persevered.

Let me just review the process for you, especially Sam Juliano who seems to think we stiffed Mr. Tiger Goes Wild intentionally and for all of the folks who can’t figure out why we didn’t give 5 honors like they did last year. (That was a surprise last year, actually–usually, 4 honors causes gasps from folks, and 5 is a mighty big number for any awards committee.) Personally, I love it when a committee is able to give lots of honors–it means more books for kids to love. But that’s not how it works when you are voting for an award. And I do think Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is a beautiful book. We did not snub it or any other book in any way.

I had TWELVE favorite books this year–all exceptional and astonishing in my eyes. An embarrassment of picture book riches. I’ve been evaluating/speaking about/writing about children’s books for 30+ years now and I cannot think of a single year when I’ve had this many picture books with which I was so utterly besotted. Can 12 books win the Caldecott? No. Am I stamping my feet in anger over the ones that didn’t make it? No. Did I get all of my choices? I don’t think anyone ever gets all of their choices on a committee like this. But I admire and respect all of our choices and feel each book is distinguished. Did everyone adore the same books I did? Get real. There were 15 people on our committee. We all had our beloved favorites and we all wanted with all our hearts to see them take home the gold, but only one book gets to do that.

I get goosebumps every time I open Locomotive, and getting to discuss it at length and in detail with the rest of the 15-member Caldecott Committee was an honor I won’t soon forget. Brian Floca was a bit speechless when we called him Monday morning, and I was teary just hearing his voice on the speakerphone of the little room of the ALA Press Office where all of us were crammed in, listening intently. Indeed, we felt pretty “punch drunk,” too. We had been locked in our conference room at the Marriott since Friday at 8 a.m., and finished our deliberations late Saturday night, with time out for meals and sleep. Not to worry–there was an ample amount of chocolate on hand for us to stay awake and alert (not to mention birthday cake).

After discussing/analyzing/reevaluating/critiquing the art of the scores of picture books we had nominated, it was finally time to vote. Well before the ALA Midwinter meeting, each committee member gets to nominate his or her 7 top books of all the many hundreds we read. This could mean we had 105 titles on our final discussion list, but since some books are bound to get more than one nomination, the actual number will be less. At our meeting, we had all of those books on hand, and spent many, many hours presenting the strengths and concerns of each book. When we were all finished going over each one, we filled in our ballots with our top 3 books. First place is worth 4 points, second place is worth 3 points, and third place is worth 2 points.

“Why only three honors? What’s the matter with that committee? Why didn’t they just pick more books?” I’ve read in people’s many comments online. Here’s the deal. For a book to win the gold medal, it must have a total of 8 first place votes, plus score 8 points above any other book. If you don’t have this point spread on the first ballot, you go back to rediscuss the books, removing from consideration the ones that got no votes, and vote again. Mind you, I had WAY more than 3 favorite books, and I think it safe to assume the same went for the rest of the committee. When one book finally rises to the top, like cream, then you have to decide which books are going to be named Honor Books. The committee decides how many books to name, based on the support and points received for each of the remaining books. If a book doesn’t get enough votes–if it scores too far below the other books, well, then, it’s not going to win. That’s life, folks.

I  would have loved to have given Honor Medals to many more books, but it has to have the support and votes of the committee. That means many wonderful and worthy books are not going to win–the ones that gather the most support, consensus, and votes by committee members are the ones that will get those shiny silver medals.

“Why didn’t THIS book win?” people will cry about their favorites. Rest assured, some of us on the committee probably loved that book, too, and were just as sad it didn’t make the cut. I, for one, remain madly enamored of my stack of picture books that didn’t win but which I have been thrilled to present/read aloud/use with kids, teachers, librarians, and parents this year at all my school assemblies, speeches at conferences, and children’s book seminars (including those for BER.org and at my upcoming 30th Annual Winners! Workshop across NJ in spring). That doesn’t mean the books that didn’t win aren’t fabulous or that a whole different stack of books wouldn’t have been named with a different committee at the helm. But these are the books that stood out, after all of our discussion, with Locomotive rising higher than any of them, and I say Hooray!

On any Awards committee, it’s a group consensus and decision, and you never get all of your choices, but, if you’re lucky, you do get some of them. The others, from listening to the discussion and re-re-re-re-re-reading/evaluating/reconsidering, you do most definitely come to appreciate for their distinguished qualities. I’m so proud of our Caldecott Committee and the work we did and of the 4 books we chose. What we ended with, along with Locomotive, were three extraordinary titles.

Looking at our Honor winners, I am struck by how distinct and distinguished each one is: Mr. Wuffles! by the great David Wiesner, about a cat, some aliens, and some savvy insects (and, no, we were not allowed to discuss or mentioned any of his or anyone else’s’ other medal-winners; we only compared and contrasted books published in 2013–that’s the rules); Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, a wordless story with pull-down flaps depicting the pas de deux ballet between a girl and a bird that makes you want to get up and dance; and Journey, a first book for Aaron Becker with luminous watercolors depicting a girl’s adventure thanks to a magical red crayon. Great stuff, this. I hope you have a ball sharing these titles with your children. There is no rule saying you have to love every book on any list. Pick and choose the ones that sing to you, but keep an open mind. Your kids may love (or not love) any of these books, too, and they may or may not agree with your opinion.

I think Locomotive is a real groundbreaker–there’s never been a Caldecott like it. There have been nonfiction books that won, but almost of them are biographical. Open it up and start turning pages, and I’m betting you will gasp in astonishment at the double-page illustrations of that glorious train and wish you could take that trip (the sparse bathroom facilities notwithstanding). If your third graders find the text too long, read it in installments. Sing train songs. Do train chants. Read and compare other train books. (Elisha Cooper’s fabulous Train and Jason Carter Eaton’s How to Train a Train are the ones I’ve been using with it all year. Too fun!) Look at footage of old trains online. Take a class train trip. Look up all the fascinating natural wonders cited in the text and illustrations. Celebrate a book that extends the children’s horizons and lets them travel vicariously across the U.S. in 1869.

I’ve been on Newbery (2000, Bud, Not Buddy) and Sibert (2008, The Wall) and those were fabulous experiences. And now the Caldecott, where we’ve selected books that we hope will give children and adults great joy for many years to come. I can’t wait to give copies to all the little kids (and big kids) in my own family. Whew. What a memorable week!

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The Return of Travis Jonker http://www.hbook.com/2014/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/return-travis-jonker/ http://www.hbook.com/2014/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/return-travis-jonker/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:58:26 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=34921 Back in early January 2014 Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker filled us in on his preparations for his committee’s Midwinter deliberations. Here, Travis (Michigan elementary-school librarian and author of the 100 Scope Notes blog, hosted on the SLJ website) returns with a brief postmortem. Love his answers, and LOVE the accompanying graphic. Thanks so much, Travis.       1.  How do you feel […]

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travis photo 300x300 The Return of Travis JonkerBack in early January 2014 Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker filled us in on his preparations for his committee’s Midwinter deliberations. Here, Travis (Michigan elementary-school librarian and author of the 100 Scope Notes blog, hosted on the SLJ website) returns with a brief postmortem. Love his answers, and LOVE the accompanying graphic. Thanks so much, Travis.

 

 

 

1.  How do you feel now that it is over – on a sliding scale from drained and exhausted to on Cloud 9—or both simultaneously?

I feel good. It’s been a wild year (the last few weeks especially), but nothing a couple days worth of early bedtimes won’t fix. Cloud 9 and slowly descending back to earth.

2.  How would you respond to those who might, er, have some issues with your committee’s choices?

I wish I had some great, satisfying way to answer that. It’s difficult, because we all have books we are passionate about. I suppose all I can say is that a great book is still great even if it doesn’t win the Caldecott. Cold comfort, but the truth.

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3.  What’s the first non-Caldecott eligible book you are going to read, now that it’s all over?

Well, I just read the first few chapters of El Deafo, a graphic novel/memoir coming out in the fall by Cece Bell that I picked up at the Abrams booth. Wow.

Wait, that’s an eligible book.

I also want to go back and read the 2014 Newbery books that I missed.

4.  What do you plan to do with All Those Books? (We remember your overcrowded bookshelves…)

The books will go to children in a couple different ways. I’ll be adding many of them to the school libraries in my district for students to check out. Others will go to teachers’ classroom libraries. And another portion will go directly to kids to take home and keep.

 

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