The Horn Book » Calling Caldecott http://www.hbook.com Publications about books for children and young adults Fri, 29 May 2015 16:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Join some mock award discussions http://www.hbook.com/2015/03/blogs/calling-caldecott/join-some-mock-award-discussions/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/03/blogs/calling-caldecott/join-some-mock-award-discussions/#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2015 22:54:13 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=47906 Hello, Calling Caldecott readers. I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly’s Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here. Since there are nearly 30 students, we have four groups: two Caldecott committees, one […]

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Hello, Calling Caldecott readers.

I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly’s Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here.

Since there are nearly 30 students, we have four groups: two Caldecott committees, one Geisel, and one Sibert (concentrating on younger books).

Follow the link above for more information and commenting. Here’s what the four slates look like:

Caldecott 1:

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Caldecott 2:

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Geisel:

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Sibert:

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Shutting down the shop (for now) http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/shutting-shop-now/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/shutting-shop-now/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:56 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46420 It’s been quite a season of books, hasn’t it? As I clear off my picture book shelf, preparing for the 2015 titles, I feel a twinge of nostalgia. There are so many books I have loved this year, but now they have to find new homes. I have piles of 2014 books, all bound for […]

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It’s been quite a season of books, hasn’t it? As I clear off my picture book shelf, preparing for the 2015 titles, I feel a twinge of nostalgia. There are so many books I have loved this year, but now they have to find new homes. I have piles of 2014 books, all bound for a library or community center or preschool.

A few, I will keep. They will remind me that after the shouting and clapping is over, we are lucky to live in a world where artists and authors are creating new and exciting stories every year. Not every book can sport a sparkly sticker, but many will be filled with the sticky fingerprints of the children who love them. And that is the best sticker of all.2015-01-20 14.31.27

Please use the comments to remind us all of the books you found this year, ones that people might not be talking about, but that are special to you. Picture books are what we do here, but I would love to hear about any books you found in 2014 that you will keep and read over and over. No reason to defend them; your love of them is enough.

We will see you next September — thanks for reading, commenting, and challenging us.2015-01-28 10.31.02

 

 

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Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking: the process edition http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/wednesday-morning-quarterbacking-process-edition/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/wednesday-morning-quarterbacking-process-edition/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:00:23 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46285 I am back at school and still processing the weekend in Chicago. The blizzard, the meetings, the books, the buses, the proud moments when two good friends (the two who gave me the courage to join ALA in the first place) won service and achievement awards…it’s all a bit of a blur right now. I […]

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ALA2015_caldecottclothesI am back at school and still processing the weekend in Chicago. The blizzard, the meetings, the books, the buses, the proud moments when two good friends (the two who gave me the courage to join ALA in the first place) won service and achievement awards…it’s all a bit of a blur right now.

I am back at school where the children are abuzz. They have two reactions: 1. We love Beekle!!! Yay!!! and 2. What happened to The Farmer and the Clown?

In Chicago the 2015 Newbery Committee members were proudly sporting T-shirts with words on the back saying: Trust the Process. Those three words are a challenge this year as I find myself scratching my head and trying to figure out the Real Caldecott Committee. Actually, now that I think about it, I always try to figure out how things happened behind those closed doors! Why should this year be any different? How did this all go down? How did they end up with an astounding six books as honors? How did Beekle end up their top choice over those six books? How did a young adult book end up being an honor book? So. Many. Questions.

I do not know the answers to any of those questions and never will. The Cloak of Confidentiality is all rolled up like a blanket around the committee and will be forever. That’s the rule. And it’s a good one.

That doesn’t stop me from wondering, though.

Full disclosure: I have seen both This One Summer and The Noisy Paintbrush, but I have not read them over and over, nor do I have a copy of either one in my hot little fist. And finding a copy is going to be tough in the next few weeks. So, there’s that. However, I have blog comments and reviews to look at, and I think I remember enough about both to talk about the seven books that were honored, at least a bit. Scoot up a chair, I am feeling a bit long-winded today.

How did this all go down? How did Beekle end up their top choice over those six books?

No idea, but my gut reaction and reading of comments and tweets tells me it took awhile. The word is that the committee worked until 3:00 AM on Saturday night. Now, maybe writing seven press releases took a long time, but I think it’s more than that. A long night means many ballots, and many ballots means it took time to reach consensus. Maybe Beekle was neck-and-neck with another book, and in order to get enough first-place votes to declare a winner, they had to talk a long time and someone had to move to the Beekle camp. Or, the initial ballot was very evenly split — three or four first-place votes for four or five different books. This would mean that three or four or five people would have to be convinced to change their votes, and they would all have to change to Beekle.

How did they end up with an astounding six books as honors?

Once they got to enough first-place votes — and that could have taken a very long time — they would have had to decide honor books. Maybe they weren’t up for a fight and agreed to take the next five books in line, after the book that lost to Beekle. (As I see the books lined up on my chalk tray in my classroom, I am going to bet that book was The Right Word. No evidence, of course, just wild and crazy conjecture. The best kind of conjecture!) Maybe the next five books were equal in the points total, and they had to decide to honor all of them or none of them? (That would be another wild conjecture, but that’s what I think happened.)

What happened to The Farmer and the Clown?

Here is where “Trust the Process” gets a little challenging for me. I read and heard whisper campaigns about this book in the final weeks before Midwinter meetings. Creepy clowns. What was that old man doing looking at the little boy when he was sleeping? Was the farmer Amish and was the depiction of Amish people sensitive? Please. People. Please give me a sign that this was not what sank this beautiful and sensitive book. Please, let the committee have found some flaw in the art or the story line that I missed. Maybe the committee did not see it as distinguished the way I saw it. Again, we will never know. When my devastated second graders asked about it, I was pretty silent. I did not offer any suggestions as, frankly, I did not want to talk about creepy clowns or imaginary dirty old men or insulted Amish people with them. They would never believe that people actually think about stuff like that. Plus, it would sully the book they love.

How did a young adult book end up being an honor book?

I don’t know. What I remember about the art is that it was lovely. I do not have it right here and do not remember the art well enough to talk about it. I have always been in the camp arguing that some graphic novels could be picture books and could be considered for the Caldecott, but I guessed that most would not actually be considered picture books by a committee. So, I have to trust that the art and story met the criteria. Perhaps older readers will be excited that a Caldecott sticker is on a book they love; perhaps that bling will draw older readers to an excellent book. I certainly hope it will. However (and here you see me putting my second-grade teacher hat on), it’s the content that concerns me. Roger reminded us that Caldecott goes up through age 14. I know. I went and reread those words a few times today. Maybe that part of the criteria needs a second look. The age overlap with ALSC and YALSA has been discussed before.

This morning, two parents were dropping their kids off and asked me about my weekend. They then asked about the Caldecott Awards. They had watched the ceremony because their kids were wild about the titles we had discussed at school. They followed the online discussion here in the comments. The father said, “What about that book for high school kids? The one with the curse words. I hate when a committee has an agenda. Do you think that’s what happened?” I answered honestly, “I dunno. It’s a big committee, and they have to come to consensus. And Caldecott is for children up to age 14.” He wasn’t buying what I was selling. Caldecott means picture books to parents, and picture books mean elementary school. (Don’t holler, “But the criteria says up to 14!” because I know that it does. I am just telling you the way it is, face-to-face with parents.)

All I know is that now, instead of talking about Beekle and Viva Frida and The Right Word and Nana in the City and Sam & Dave and The Noisy Paintbox, I am answering questions about the Printz committee and cuss words and oral sex references.

I know that was not the committee’s intent, and I do trust the process. I also know how hard the committees work and how seriously they take their charge. That doesn’t mean I have to like every part of the process. For now, I think I will just reread The Iridescence of Birds and Naomi Shihab Nye’s The Turtle of Oman (a Newbery hopeful) again — two books that I thought might get some love. And, of course, The Farmer and the Clown.

 

 

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Beekle wins 2015 Caldecott Medal http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/beekle-wins-2015-caldecott-medal/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/beekle-wins-2015-caldecott-medal/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:39:48 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46162 The actual results are in. The Real Committee has spoken! And now it’s time for us all to cheer and mourn and weigh in (in the comments). Here are the books the committee chose: WINNER The Adventures of Beekle written and illustrated by Dan Santat HONOR BOOKS (SIX! AND ONE IS A YA GRAPHIC NOVEL!) […]

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The actual results are in. The Real Committee has spoken! And now it’s time for us all to cheer and mourn and weigh in (in the comments).

Here are the books the committee chose:

WINNER
The Adventures of Beekle
written and illustrated by Dan Santat

HONOR BOOKS (SIX! AND ONE IS A YA GRAPHIC NOVEL!)
Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

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Caldy swag http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/caldy-swag/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/caldy-swag/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:06:57 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46121 Spotted in the Convention Center this morning by our woman-on-the-spot:      

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Spotted in the Convention Center this morning by our woman-on-the-spot:

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Live from Chicago, cont. http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/live-chicago-cont/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/live-chicago-cont/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:25:01 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46116 MONDAY 7:29 AM: There’s really no more anxiety than being on a bus full of librarians who are worried about missing the award ceremony. It’s still snowing (it’s Lake effect this time), and people are a little anxious but super excited about getting down to the convention center and calling their people or hearing other […]

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IMG_5064MONDAY 7:29 AM:

There’s really no more anxiety than being on a bus full of librarians who are worried about missing the award ceremony. It’s still snowing (it’s Lake effect this time), and people are a little anxious but super excited about getting down to the convention center and calling their people or hearing other people call their people and queuing up way too early to get the million seats. In a couple hours it’ll be over and everybody will second-guessing and Monday morning quarterbacking.

 

 

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Caldecott Award live http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/caldecott-award-live/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/02/blogs/calling-caldecott/caldecott-award-live/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 19:34:34 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46107 The ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. CT in Chicago (that’s 9 a.m. for Martha and me in Boston). Here is a link to the live webcast. Watching online is not quite the same as being in that huge ballroom full of book-loving early risers, fizzing with anticipation and […]

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logo_YMAThe ALA Youth Media Awards will be announced tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. CT in Chicago (that’s 9 a.m. for Martha and me in Boston). Here is a link to the live webcast.

Watching online is not quite the same as being in that huge ballroom full of book-loving early risers, fizzing with anticipation and hoping their favorite new books are about to be named. With luck, the microphone will pick up some of the reactions in the audience.

Robin will be right there in the room for the announcements. Martha and I will (probably) be in our own homes surrounded by the March book review section because we’re expecting ANOTHER foot or more of snow tonight and tomorrow.

Wherever you are, we will post the winners on this blog ASAP so we can all react to the announcements together.

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Live from Chicago! It’s Robin http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/calling-caldecott/live-chicago-robin/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/calling-caldecott/live-chicago-robin/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:29 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=46077 FRIDAY, 10:45 AM: At the risk of seeming like a stalker, I have a few things to report from the Caldecott meetings in Chicago. Not really! I have nothing to report from the (closed) Caldecott meetings. But I am in Chicago, and I am at ALA. I was able to check with a friend to […]

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IMG_5012FRIDAY, 10:45 AM: At the risk of seeming like a stalker, I have a few things to report from the Caldecott meetings in Chicago. Not really! I have nothing to report from the (closed) Caldecott meetings. But I am in Chicago, and I am at ALA. I was able to check with a friend to make sure that all the Caldecott members were able to make it there through the snow, and they did. [Editor’s note: Committee members must be present for the entire schedule of meetings to be eligible to vote.] Darn it. I was hoping that maybe I would get called in as a little ringer at the last minute…

But since I’m not on the Caldecott committee, I’m forced to have breakfast and find good coffee and walk around Chicago. Which is about the best way to spend a day in Chicago. Next up is listening in at the Notable Books discussion. Tonight I have some meetings, and then meetings for the rest of the week, but for now we can be sure that the Caldecott committee is hard at work doing their job and coming up with some great choices.

I see from my Facebook feed that the people at the Day of Diversity meetings are working hard, too! There are approx. 12,000 librarians and teachers expected to hit Chicago today. Wish you all could be here.

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Calling Caldecott winner is The Farmer and the Clown http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/calling-caldecott/calling-caldecott-winner-is-the-farmer-and-the-clown/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/calling-caldecott/calling-caldecott-winner-is-the-farmer-and-the-clown/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:32 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=45964 Congratulations to Marla Frazee’s spectacular The Farmer and the Clown, winner of this year’s Calling Caldecott mock vote! While the rest of you were checking the weather and worrying about travel plans and charging your cellphones, we were here checking the returns for Calling Caldecott (results below). Last year was unusual in that two books […]

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Congratulations to Marla Frazee’s spectacular The Farmer and the Clown, winner of this year’s Calling Caldecott mock vote!

While the rest of you were checking the weather and worrying about travel plans and charging your cellphones, we were here checking the returns for Calling Caldecott (results below).

Last year was unusual in that two books came in at a virtual tie, and so we really had no choice but to name one the winner and the other the sole honor book. This year was a little more typical. The winner was clear, with 477 points, a whopping 123 points above the next-highest vote getter. But the honor books were a little trickier to call. We had two books that garnered 300+ points, and the rest were in the 200s or less. But call it we must. On the real committee, the chair would consult The Manual and would talk about how the committee would proceed in order to name honor books.

Here is the relevant portion of The Manual:

Selection of Honor Books

Immediately following determination of the winner of the Caldecott Medal, and following appropriate discussion, the committee will entertain the following:

  • Whether honor books will be named.
  • Whether the committee wishes to choose as honor books the next highest books on the original winning ballot or to ballot again.
  • If the committee votes to use the award-winning ballot, they must then determine how many honor books to name.
  • If the committee chooses to ballot for honor books, only books that received points on the award winning ballot may be included. The same voting procedure is followed as for the award winner.
  • If the committee has chosen to ballot for honor books, following that ballot, the committee will vote how many books of those receiving the highest number of points are to be named honor books.

As Robin’s Gramma Gorman would say, “Clear as mud.” Did you notice something? Psssst: a committee can name as many honor books as they wish. The sky is the limit! (However, 3-5 is the norm.)

We here at Calling Caldecott would have loved to honor as many books as possible in this remarkable year for picture books. But, like the real committee, we have to pay attention to the numbers. And in this case, there were only two books that came close to The Farmer and the Clown‘s totals. So our two honor books are (tada!) Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and The Right Word.

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As you can see from the chart and graphic below, there was a definite gap between the winner and the two chosen honors and the next four top vote getters — The Adventures of Beekle, The Iridescence of Birds, Viva Frida, and Gaston — much as we would have liked to recognize them. But we are trying to model the real committee here, and historically there is little precedence for naming six honor books — and even less chance if the numbers don’t support such a decision. (Note that we did have two books on our second ballot by the same illustrator: Christian Robinson. No doubt that his fans had to make some hard choices — if all the Josephine votes had gone to Gaston…well, things might have been different.)

Here are the full results:

1st choice
(4 points)
2nd choice
(3 points)
3rd choice
(2 points)
Total points
The Adventures of Beekle
23 34 23 240
Blizzard
9 21 35 169
Draw!
19 19 25 183
The Farmer and the Clown
72 43 30 477
Gaston
21 24 22 200
The Iridescence of Birds
25 26 25 228
Josephine
11 15 22 133
A Letter for Leo
23 11 12 149
The Right Word 40 37 28 327
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
35 40 47 354
Viva Frida
21 27 26 217

 

Here’s another way to get a visual picture of the results:

2015 Calling Caldecott final ballot

Thank you all so much for participating in our Mock Caldecott, even during (for some of us) a blizzard. In a few days from now, in cold and windy Chicago, our chatter will turn to the Real Winners. Meanwhile, why not take a few moments to let us know what you think about our results? And thanks again for voting.

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Calling Caldecott 2015 second ballot is open http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/calling-caldecott/calling-caldecott-2015-second-ballot-open/ http://www.hbook.com/2015/01/blogs/calling-caldecott/calling-caldecott-2015-second-ballot-open/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:01:54 +0000 http://www.hbook.com/?p=45882 Here it is: Monday. In exactly a week, all of our Mock Caldecott awards will be a memory, and children’s book chatter will turn to the Real Committee’s books. So, while each real committee member is organizing notes, putting together last-minute arguments, and imagining that the books she or he nominated will wear medals for […]

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Here it is: Monday. In exactly a week, all of our Mock Caldecott awards will be a memory, and children’s book chatter will turn to the Real Committee’s books. So, while each real committee member is organizing notes, putting together last-minute arguments, and imagining that the books she or he nominated will wear medals for the rest of their lives, we continue to find out what YOU like. So, whether the books you voted for last week are still on the list or not, we hope you will vote your heart and got back to the voting booth one more time. Will you vote for The Farmer and the Clown and other front runners, or will you boost a book with less support? Check back on Tuesday around noon to see when happens!

For now, I am returning to the discussions with my second graders, who are full of love for their favorites…until someone points out a dreaded concern.

GO VOTE!!

Here’s a link to the second ballot

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and here, again, is the list of books under discussion:

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The Adventures of Beekle (Dan Santat)
Blizzard (John Rocco)
Draw! (Raúl Colón)
The Farmer and the Clown (Marla Frazee)
Gaston (Christian Robinson)
The Iridescence of Birds (Hadley Hooper)
Josephine (Christian Robinson)
A Letter for Leo (Sergio Ruzzier)
The Right Word (Melissa Sweet)
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (Jon Klassen)
Viva Frida (Yuyi Morales)

 

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