Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking: the process edition

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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 […]

ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kwame Alexander and Dan Santat on February 2, 2015, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Chicago. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. Sibert, […]

Beekle wins 2015 Caldecott Medal

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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!) […]

Caldy swag

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

Live from Chicago, cont.

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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

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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 […]

Preview March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine

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Beneath these packing peanuts lies the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine cover by Tomie dePaola. In the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Barbara Bader pays tribute to five gay picture-book creators. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, 2014 Horn Book at Simmons keynote speaker, calls for more good books featuring diverse characters. Sight Reading: Leonard Marcus on the […]

Live from Chicago! It’s Robin

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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 […]

Classics and timeless books

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As a child, I frequented libraries that had rather old books. I remember my elementary school library had timeworn copies of the Madeline books and that one of my neighborhood libraries had old books by Lois Lenski, older versions of the Amelia Bedelia books, and the All-of-a-Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor. New books did […]

The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Dash, by Kirby Larson, published by Scholastic Press. While Mitsi is going to miss spending time with her beloved dog Dash now that Christmas vacation is over, she is looking forward to seeing her best buds Mags and Judy. Mitsy thought the trio would always […]