Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How many books do you read when you are a member of the actual Caldecott committee? A: It varies from year to year, but I think it would be safe to say that between 200 and 400 books are submitted. Some submissions are clearly not eligible (for instance, novels with no illustration, or books […]

On the radar

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It’s WAAAY too early to predict the books that will rise to the top of the Caldecott pile when the committee meets to make their choices next January. So today we three Calling Caldecott bloggers will simply offer some titles that have caught our attention. (Or ones that we think might catch the committee’s attention. Or books we just want to talk about […]

We’re baaack!


I am not going to lie. The heat here in Nashville makes me crazy this time of year. It’s September, people. Time for cool weather and Calling Caldecott! We have been collecting picture books, dusting off our Caldecott Manual, and getting serious. For those of you who are new to us, welcome. For those returning, […]

Join some mock award discussions


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 […]

Shutting down the shop (for now)

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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 […]

Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking: the process edition


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 […]

Beekle wins 2015 Caldecott Medal


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!) […]

Caldy swag


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

Live from Chicago, cont.


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 […]

Caldecott Award live


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 […]