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We are back…almost

It’s hot, it’s humid and it’s time for Calling Caldecott again! We will start in earnest in a day or two, when we come back with our list of books we think will be talked about in the conference rooms of ALA Philadelphia in January 2014, but for now, I wanted to get everyone up to speed on what’s going on with us.

This year, we start off with co-blogger Lolly Robinson on the DL. (Sorry, folks, with baseball season coming down to the wire, my mind is on the disabled list a lot.) She is working hard in her unexpected offseason to get back for our run at the pennant. All of us at the blog and in the real world know that she would love to be here, but she needs to spend some more time in rehab so that can help the team a little later in the season. We send her all best wishes for the speediest of recoveries, and hope she returns just as soon as she can. I am going to have to rely on as much of Lolly’s training in the picky points of blog design as I can remember. Be nice and ignore all the mistakes I will probably make. When Lolly returns, she will probably sneak in and clean up behind me.

In the meantime we have the able services of Martha Parravano, a dream of a pinch hitter, who will be filling in while Lolly recuperates. (And, with that, I am out of baseball references!)

Martha is the executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine and has served on a bunch of book committees, including the 2008 Newbery Committee. I have known Martha for a long time, back when neither of us had cell phones or knew what the word “blog” meant. I know you will all enjoy her wit, intelligence, and perspective.

In a few days, we will be back with the titles we are considering for this year’s discussions. At that time, we will want to hear from you, of course! What have you loved this year? Get your own top-five lists made and be ready to share them later this week.

Until then, keep on reading!



Robin Smith About Robin Smith

Robin Smith is a second-grade teacher at the Ensworth School in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a reviewer for Kirkus and The Horn Book Magazine and has served on multiple award committees.



  1. Deborah Taylor says:

    Glad you are back and I can get my crash course on picture books!

  2. writersideup says:

    Being an aspiring writer/illustrator, thinking of illustrated books I LOVE is a very fun thing to do 🙂 My problem is remember which ones were released during the eligible year! lol

    Off the top of my head, I’m going to name, for sure FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO. To me, this is illustration perfected! Also, CREEPY CARROTS comes to mind, but I think that already got an honor LAST year lol

  3. Yeah – best news of the day! MARTIN & MAHALIA by Brian Pinkney would be my #1 so far – also love Melissa Sweet’s BRAVE GIRL. And of course, Kadir.

  4. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    Thanks guys–we are putting our initial list together and will publish it tomorrow or Friday. It’s nice to hear from you!

  5. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    I have not seen Martin & Mahalia yet, Sam. Will remedy that.

  6. Welcome back, Robin! Get well soon, Lolly! And thanks, Martha!
    Let the great book looking begin!!!

  7. Yay!!! Can’t wait!

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