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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 […]

#ALAAC15 + HB Mag

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What a thrilling ALA Annual conference this year in San Francisco (so we hear…). We hope you were able to pick up a copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards. If not, it’ll be in your mailbox soon. If not? Subscribe to the Magazine, for goodness sake! In this Special Issue you’ll […]

Marcia Brown

by Janet A. Loranger Thirty-seven years ago, Marcia Brown published her first picture book for children: The Little Carousel.* On June 28, 1983, she received her third Caldecott Medal for Shadow. Those years from 1946 to 1983 have encompassed one of the most distinguished careers in American children’s books. That her latest book has received […]

From Caldecott to Caldecott

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by Helen Adams Masten It has been only seven years since Marcia Brown won the Caldecott medal for her Cinderella. Comparing the exquisite little gouache drawings for Cinderella with the strong and rhythmically beautiful woodcuts for Once a Mouse…, one realizes that this artist has come a long way in seven years. An artist grows […]

Caldecott Award Acceptance*

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by Marcia Brown *Paper read at the meeting of the American Library Association, Philadelphia, July 5, 1955. An artist cannot help feeling deeply honored to receive an award bearing the name of Randolph Caldecott, one of the happiest spirits in children’s books. Prizes and awards seem to be gifts from the gods, unless they are […]