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>I’m always trying to decide just what kind of sister we are to School Library Journal. Are we like Elizabeth and Jessica? Beezus and Ramona? Louise and Caroline Bradshaw? Or, eep, The Silent Twins?

In any event, we are going to be totally copying Li’l Sis this fall as we embark on a companion to SLJ’s Heavy Medal blog, which runs throughout the fall and early winter, parsing the rules and possibilities for the Newbery Medal. Our blog, to be helmed by Horn Book designer Lolly Robinson and Magazine reviewer Robin Smith, will focus on the Caldecott:  what might win? what can win? what should win?

More details will be forthcoming but this blog needs a NAME. Put your suggestions in the comments; the winner–if there is one–will receive a signed and inscribed copy of A Family of Readers.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >To ferret out our sisterly relationship we need to put literature aside and turn to true life: Joan and Jackie Collins. Your Jackie, the literary one. I'm Joan, the brasher one.

  2. Anamaria (bookstogether) says:

    >Calling Caldecott?

  3. Ed DeCaria says:

    >The Cauldron

    (I'll withhold offering possible taglines, but it should suffice to say that brewing, stewing, and boiling of opinions may all come into play.)

  4. >I looked at the past winners, in hopes of a "Chasing X" thing. But "Chasing Animals of the Bible" doesn't quite work.

    So maybe just "Chasing Randolph" instead?

    Or maybe it should point to the fact that it's really an award for art. You could rip a line from this:

    In my little hunt I found a funny poem on wikipedia:

    Stand up and keep your childishness:
    Read all the pedants’ screeds and strictures;
    But don’t believe in anything
    That can’t be told in coloured pictures.

    Might make a nice header…

  5. KT Horning says:

    Eye Candy

    Good luck with this, by the way. I've found that reams have been written about the Newbery over time, much less about the Caldecott. It'll be nice to read intelligent discussion on picture book art.

    And when is someone going to start a Printz blog?

  6. Scope Notes says:

    >Regarding Randolph: A Mock Caldecott Blog

  7. >Is "Randy Ruminations" too risque? Is The Horn Book the nasty sister?

  8. >Brian & Roger–I think there is a third sister you are forgetting. . . Am I one of the evil stepsisters? Are you the evil sisters to my Cinderella?

  9. Roger Sutton says:

    >Yes, Susan, and look for Brian and me, live on the Media Source stage at ALA in June, to serenade you with our special disco version of "Why Would a Fellow Want a Girl Like Her?"

  10. Jeannine Atkins says:

    >Of course there’s the thread of who-will-win, but I’d rather see discussion emphasized in the blog title. How about borrowing Picture Books Matter from the current Horn Book cover (editing out one word)?

  11. Loretta Ellsworth says:

    >How about The Lullaby Medal Blog?
    Or Little Einstein Caldecott Blog?

  12. kenspeckle says:

    >If you choose to play off of the Heavy Medal name you might opt for Precious Medal, allowing for application of the several definitions of precious (highly esteemed or cherished to excessively refined and affected) and even allowing you to introduce any number of Gollum tropes.

  13. Anonymous says:


  14. mrspetersonreads says:

    >Picture Perfect

  15. >Love the blog idea–looking forward to it!

  16. Jules at 7-Imp says:

    >This is fabulous news!

  17. Jose Luis Olivares says:

    >Diverting Story
    Read Randolph
    Calling Caldecott
    Sounds like a fun blog!

  18. Paul Schmid says:


  19. >- The Medal Detector
    – Solid Gold

  20. Jennifer Schultz says:

    >Sorry, no bright ideas here, but I wanted to say that I'm really looking forward to the blog, whatever it will be called. Fantastic idea!

  21. Gingerseller says:

    >How about:

    Dainty Dish
    Four and Twenty
    (Eating) Bread and Honey
    Sing a Song of Sixpence

    Something based on the "Four and Twenty Blackbirds" illustration that Randolph Caldecott did on the reverse side of the Caldecott Medal?

    Though, I think Paul Schmid's "Medallica" is pretty great!

    Amy Spaulding

  22. Himal Mitra says:

    >I like the Calling Caldecott suggestions, but it might sound better as Calling the Caldecott?

    Or, Picturing Gold?

    And then there's always, If You Give a Book a Medal or, Guess How Much They Love This Book…

    On a side note, I've sometimes wondered whether there's a conflict in review journals sponsoring (and participating in) these types of discussions. Does it fall under the general mission of evaluating books (and having fun), or is there a blurring of the boundaries between professional and personal review?


  23. Carol Hinz says:

    >(Put a Medal on It)

  24. Paul Schmid says:

    >Randy Thoughts.

  25. Anonymous says:

    >book bling?

  26. >Wow. "Medallica" rules. But why not go obscure?

    John Gilpin's Ride

    Or even perhaps

    Mr. Gilpin's Wild Ride

  27. >As sisters, maybe you could be Laura and Lizzie from Rossetti's Goblin Market. Or maybe Daria and Quinn Morgendorfer?

    I love Medallica. I'm not sure how popular drum 'n' bass music is in the States, but any Goldie fans might like Medalheadz?

  28. Little Willow says:

    >Calling Caldecott

    Scrolling through the comments, I see I'm not the only person to come up with this title! It's a good fit.

  29. ifahren says:

    >Just Say Gold

    The Artful Augur


  30. IFahren says:

    >Picture, if You Will…

    (Wasn't that the lead in to the old Night Gallery show?)


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