Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Locomotive: Compare and Contrast

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On Tuesday Robin took a second look at Journey and Mr. Wuffles!; today I am grouping another two books with, perhaps, little in common except their excellence, their top-notch production values, their presence on many mock Caldecott winning ballots—and the distinct possibility that they’ll find a place on the real Caldecott table in Philadelphia. Can […]

Mr. Wuffles! and Journey: Compare and Contrast

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What does a wordless picture book about an imaginary world have in common with a mostly wordless book about a cat’s encounter with aliens?  Whether these two books – Journey and Mr. Wuffles! – have anything in common is an interesting question, but that is exactly what the Caldecott committee will have to consider. It might not be these […]

Heeere’s the voting schedule

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I find it hard to believe that we’re just two weeks from The Announcement at ALA. At the end of this week Calling Caldecott will become Calling MOCK Caldecott when all of you get to vote for the winners and honor books. Here’s the schedule. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time. Friday, January 17 […]

Our Crystal Ball

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As soon as the calendar turns to the new year, I start hearing voices. No, they aren’t the voices of my 2013 resolutions reminding me of their long-ignored status; they are the queries from children’s book people wondering, “What will win the Caldecott and Newbery awards?” This is a dreadful question because the only correct […]

Mock Caldecott Results, Please

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That’s a mockingbird, in case you were wondering. Now you know. And now I know that this particular bird, the state bird of my fair state of Tennessee, is called a Mimus polyglottos. I know lots of you will spend the next few weeks running discussion groups about the upcoming children’s book awards. (Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott […]

In which we check in with current Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker

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Time for a reality check, everybody! Robin, Lolly, and I have been immersed in our mock Caldecott world, but in fact there is an actual 2014 Caldecott committee out there ;), feverishly preparing for their closed-door marathon sessions at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, which begins on January 24. Travis Jonker – Michigan elementary-school librarian; author of the 100 Scope […]

The Tree Lady

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A few weeks ago we put out a call for titles we might have missed, and Ed Wolfer recommended this book. It’s a complete coincidence — scouts’ honor — but the timing of this post coincides with a blizzard here in New England. The warm colors and desert world evoked in this inspiring picture book […]

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

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Here it is, the week between Christmas and New Year’s. A rather quiet time – so it’s the perfect moment to discuss a distinctly UNquiet picture book. Snoozy and understated this book ain’t. Papa’s Mechanical Fish tells the story of eccentric (and unheralded) inventor Lodner Phillips, who builds a working submarine in the summer of […]

Frog Song

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At the beginning of the year, way back when I was wandering the booths at ALA’s Midwinter convention, a few books grabbed my attention. Some of them have dropped off my list of favorites of the year, but Frog Song continues to find a spot there. Maybe it’s that oversized strawberry poison dart frog on the cover. […]

Little Santa

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You know Dasher and Dancer and the Claus children, Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe, and Santa, right? Okay, maybe you haven’t heard of those other Claus kids, but you definitely have heard of Santa. Roger is a big fan of this one and here is what he had to say. It’s a tricky business, […]