My gun, my foot

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Instant karma whacked me upside the head at the end of last month when the July-August issue of the Horn Book Magazine, wherein I take ALSC to task for demanding too much secrecy around its Newbery and Caldecott deliberations, was mailed a full week early, thus spoiling the entirely justifiable secret of just what Kate […]

ALAs Vegas

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See some of you in Las Vegas, I hope. My friend Ruth is taking me to see Nature and the Hoover Dam on Friday but I’ll be bouncing around the exhibit hall on Saturday and Sunday, with periodic stops at the Horn Book booth, #829. Martha P. will be there too, so do say hello […]

Playing catch-up

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Normally I’d upload a post bright and early on a Monday, but today…it just wasn’t gonna happen. Unlike most of the bloggers here, I don’t have end-of-school-year burnout excuse. It was just one of those weeks followed by a busy weekend followed by a Monday that came too soon. People here at the Horn Book […]

Preview July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine

July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Awards Original cover art by 2014 Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca. Martha V. Parravano, Horn Book Magazine executive editor and coauthor of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog, looks back at the 2014 Caldecott contenders. 2014 Caldecott committee member Judy Freeman weighs in on the committee’s process and this year’s decision. Brian Floca’s […]

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 […]

Off to Philly

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Galloping off to ALA this weekend and hope to see some of you there. Hard to say exactly when I’ll be around the booth (#518) but lunchtime Saturday and Sunday seem the likeliest times. Bring snacks! And if I’m not there, introduce yourself to the charming Katrina Elmer, who will have you signed up for […]

ALA/ALSC announces 2013 Caldecott

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen won the medal and the (5!) honor books were         Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown; Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen; Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small; Sleep […]

ALA, the Sunday version

Here they are, talking about Notable books.

Here are a few pictures from my day. I did not take pictures at the publisher breakfast. It was a tad crowded and I was balancing a coffee cup on my knee. But I did get to hear about a bunch of new books. Always a good thing. Some librarians had volunteered to help out […]

ALA update

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Well, I am trying to do something I have never done in WordPress before…insert pictures. I must apologize to you and Lolly for the blurriness of said pictures. Turns out that spiffy camera you all have in your iPhone is not the same as the one in my iTouch. First, I have been looking at […]

O Come All Ye Faithful?

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Don’t miss Leonard Marcus’s latest column about picture book covers, and speaking of that, SLJ stalwart Rocco Staino reports on a gallery of ‘em that would make Judy Blume blush. Or would they? The pictures were created by several well-known picture book artists in service of raising money for the National Coalition Against Censorship. They […]