World War II graphic novels

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This quarter in fifth grade, we’ve been reading Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars, and my students were ready and curious to learn about World War II. I’m a big fan of Number the Stars, but I noticed that during my lectures, students kept saying that the supplemental books I had given them had already taught […]

Calling Caldecott winner is The Farmer and the Clown

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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 […]

Calling Caldecott 2015 second ballot is open

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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 […]

Books and stuff

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It’s that time of year again. Book fair time. “Miss Hewes! Look at the figurines I bought! Aren’t the polar bear and the penguin so cute?” I’ll be honest – yes, little rubberized figurines in the likenesses of polar bears are cute. I understand the appeal of such items to young children. However, I am […]

Calling Caldecott 2015 ballot #1 results

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This is when it gets really exciting for Martha, Robin, and me. We had access to the secret link where we could see more and more votes come in yesterday. I stopped checking around 11 p.m. last night but got right back online at 6 a.m. If we count up the first-place votes, a total […]

News from the North

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Please forgive my long absence here; between Christmas and some family stuff I’ve been mostly out of the office for almost a month. And how things DO pile up: I am heartened by the advice of the late Booklist editor Edna Vanek, passed down to me by Betsy Hearne: “one book at a time.” That […]

The polls are open!

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Come one, come all. The polls are now open! Here (and in the ballot button above) is your link to the ballot where you can vote until 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (Friday, January 23). We set up the ballot so you will vote for your first, second, and third place books, because that is how […]

Lesser-known heroes

Invincible

In my literature classroom, students must always be reading a book outside of the novel we’re reading as a class. Every now and then, a student will pull V for Vendetta or Watchmen or Maus or some other graphic novel* off of my shelf and ask if he can use it as his independent reading […]

Shhh! Top secret box

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We can’t show you what’s under the pink peanuts yet, but we CAN tell you it is an original painting by Tomie dePaola which will grace the cover of our March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine. It’s also possibly the most carefully wrapped package I’ve ever received. We  Tomie!

Pre-voting instructions…it’s almost time!

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I find it hard to believe that we’re less than two weeks from The Announcement at ALA. It was harder than you might think to put our ballot together — and it will be just as challenging for the folks on the Real Committee to narrow the field and choose the titles they want to consider. […]