Talking my eight-year-olds down from the ledge

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It’s hard to know where to go when your second graders are more interested in figuring out why Mr. Tiger Goes Wild did not win a Caldecott than they are in telling you they missed you while you were in Philadelphia. No one wanted to tattle on each other or tell me long stories about […]

Philadelphia Dreaming

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Well, that was a fast weekend. One moment I was racing out of the carpool lane at school in Nashville to make my flight, and before I knew what hit me, I was looking at the departure board at Philadelphia Airport. Midwinter ALA is a working conference. Most people are doing committee work for a good […]

2014 Caldecott Winners Announced

2014 Caldecott winners

Well, well, well, as Robin is wont to say. In case any devoted followers of this blog missed it ;), the Caldecott winner and honor books were announced this morning, and they are: Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca Honors: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; and Mr. Wuffles! by David […]

My Head Is Full of Books

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If you are here looking for analysis of the awards, you are too early. I am typing this about 7 hours before the ceremony. Check back later for reactions. Here are some things I am thinking about, having spent the past few days immersed in books: Here is the sad truth: I do not see […]

Soooo close! But the Calling Caldecott winner is Journey

Journey wins, Tiger honors

  Congratulations to both of these deserving books and their creators! The vote was so ridiculously close that it was almost too close to call: But a winner must be named, because, as I type, the members of ALSC’s 2014 Caldecott committee are gathering in Philadelphia, preparing for their marathon weekend of meetings that will result in the […]

One More Time!

Journey and Mr. Tiger

We promised to post the results of our second ballot this morning . . . but we can’t. A few things went wrong with the voting, including some pretty blatant ballot stuffing. So we won’t show you all the numbers, but we can tell you that once again Aaron Becker’s Journey and Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 second ballot is open!

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We’re heading into the home stretch. Robin, Martha, and I are excited to see how this final vote plays out, especially since the last ballot had some very close votes. It seems pretty clear that either Mr. Tiger Goes Wild or Journey will be the winner, but which one? And what will the honor books […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 ballot #1 results

Calling Caldecott 2014 second ballot

Well, well, well. Here you have it, the results of our first ballot. Martha, Lolly, and I have been obsessively checking the returns all weekend. It’s amazing that anything got done here or in Boston. So, take a look. And if you see any arithmetic mistakes, holler at us and we will get it fixed. […]

Calling Caldecott 2014 ballot #1 open

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As promised, here is a link to the ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. Tuesday (EST), and we’ll post the results AND the titles that will move on to the second ballot at noon on Tuesday. For those who want to think some more before voting, here (below) is the list again. Please […]

Calling Caldecott first ballot announced

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We had planned to start our vote after the weekend, but then we realized that many of you will have this coming Monday off for the Martin Luther King holiday. Polls will still close this Tuesday at 9 a.m. as previously  announced, but the ballot itself will go live here at noon today. You will […]