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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

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Thanks for chiming in with the books you are excited about! I still have the feeling that The Book has not been mentioned yet…no reason for that feeling, really, but I just think I am missing something. (I know, for instance, that new books illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, Jerry Pinkney, and Ashley Bryan are forthcoming.) […]

2015 in Review: The Year in Pictures

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2015 was a striking, if fractious, year for picture books. At ALA, picture books were in the spotlight not just for their usual recognition — with Sophie Blackall receiving the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie — but also for winning top awards in many more categories: the Batchelder Award went to a picture book […]

Lots of ALA 2016 love

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All week we’ve been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners’ acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Newbery Medal: Matt de la Peña’s Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer Buehler “Becoming ‘A Better […]

ALA 2016 on hbook.com

Last Stop on Market Street. Illustration 2015 by Christian Robinson. Photo: Jennifer Buehler.

In case you missed it: Jerry Pinkney’s 2016 Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award speech and his 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal Acceptance speech: “Drawing My Dream.” Sophie Blackall’s Caldecott acceptance speech and Matt de la Peña’s Newbery speech. Rita Williams-Garcia’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech and Bryan Collier’s Illustrator Award speech. […]

The Audacious Choice of Sophie Blackall: Profile of 2016 Caldecott Medal Winner Sophie Blackall

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In 1914, Lindsay Mattick’s great-grandfather Captain Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian traveling across Canada on his way to serve in the Great War, stopped at a train station and decided to buy a baby black bear from a trapper on the platform. That was a rather audacious thing to do. As it turns out, literature for […]

2016 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Sophie Blackall

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“What about a story?” said Christopher Robin. “What about a story?” I said. “Could you very sweetly tell Winnie-the-Pooh one?” “I suppose I could,” I said. “What sort of stories does he like?” “About himself. Because he’s that sort of Bear.” I am also that sort of bear and I’m going to tell you stories […]

Hooray for Winnie!

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I am thrilled that Finding Winnie won the Caldecott Medal. Even though I had looked at it closely when I posted about it here, the announcement prompted me to take another look. We’ll never know exactly why the Caldecott Committee chose it, but here are some aspects of the book that could have raised it […]

ALA Awards 2016: 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 Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street and Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie on January 11, 2016, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Boston. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta […]

What do you think about the Caldecott winners?

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We will respond to the awards in more detail later, but for now here’s a short post so you can tell us what you think about the Real Committee’s choices. In case you don’t know, here they are: 2016 Caldecott Medal winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by […]

Reviews of the 2016 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: Finding Winnie: The True Story of the 
World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick; 
illus. by Sophie Blackall Primary   Little, Brown   56 pp. 10/15   978-0-316-32490-8   $18.00   g A little boy named Cole curls in the crook of his mother’s arm and asks for a story; she spins him two. The first one tells of […]