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Archives for January 2012

Those happy golden years

Raymond Bial, well-known author of nonfiction for children (Ellis Island: Coming to the Land of Liberty; Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side; Amish Home; Frontier Home), has just published a novel, one “intended primarily for adults,” according to the promotional copy on the back of the (attractive) paperback. Set in small-town 1959 Indiana […]

Something to do while Wikipedia is down

Go and vote on the final Calling Caldecott ballot. Ruthless elimination has already occurred; there are now just five choices for your three votes. Chills! I’ll be in Dallas for ALA tomorrow through Monday, serving on the Batchelder Award committee and schmoozing with our advertisers, who, it is interesting, are among the supporters of the […]

Mocking ALA

There’s still time to vote in our Calling Caldecott mock Caldecott awards—the second round of voting closes at 9AM tomorrow (Thursday). The medal and honor books will be posted around noon. Our sister publication SLJ announced the winners of their mock Newbery at Heavy Medal yesterday, but voting at Someday My Printz Will Come is […]

Calling Caldecott final ballot is OPEN

         Aaaaand they’re off! Here is a link to the second and final ballot. We’ll leave the polls on this one open until Thursday morning and aim to post the final results Thursday noon. If you missed the results of the first ballot, they are here. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story […]

2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

The 2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt, published by Farrar Straus Giroux. The award, created by Scott O’Dell and Zena Sutherland in 1982 and now administered by Elizabeth Hall, carries with it a prize of $5000, and goes to the author of a distinguished work […]

Calling Caldecott ballot #1 results

I have to say that watching the votes come in was plenty exciting for me! Lolly gave me the super-secret location of the returns so I could check them obsessively all night long. Lolly and I had a face-to-face (really screen-to-screen) chat about how to decide where to go from here. It’s clear that FIVE […]

2011 annual index

The 2011 annual Horn Book Magazine index is now available for your convenience. You’ll find the Spring 2011 Horn Book Guide index (and previous years’ indices for both publications) there as well. Enjoy exploring!

I’ll be in Texas but you should go

Grace Lin will be signing her new novel Dumpling Days at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on January 21st at 1:00 P.M. Jennifer has reviewed it for the March issue and it’s great. Plus, Grace is known for bringing treats to her signings, so go, eat.

Vote early (and often?)

The first ballot for Lolly and Robin’s Calling Caldecott mock award is now available for your voting. I don’t know if ballot stuffing is possible but it’s WRONG anyway. Just back from a weekend in New York, where we saw Follies and Other Desert Cities. The former had a great second act and the latter […]

VOTE NOW! Mock Caldecott polls are open.

Here’s a link to the official Calling Caldecott Ballot #1. Note that you will vote for your first, second, and third choices, just like the real committee. The polls will close at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning (Tuesday, January 17) and we will try to get the results up at noon. Tallying Caldecott votes is a […]