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Entering the homestretch

Back in September we came up with a list of 2013 picture books we hoped to cover on this blog. As Robin said then, we make no promises, but we do want to discuss as many books on that list as we can. So, as a sort of Thanksgiving appetizer, here’s what’s coming up in the next few weeks as we hurtle toward January, and decision time:

Expect to see near-future Calling Caldecott posts on Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Dan Santat’s Crankenstein, Mo Willems’s That Is NOT a Good Idea!, and Castellucci/Varon’s Odd Duck. Designer Lolly wants to talk about digital illustration / Bob Shea’s Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great; seasoned schoolmarm Robin will look at picture books teachers love / The Matchbox Diary and The Day the Crayons Quit. And we’ll also be celebrating the international books we love this year, even though they aren’t eligible for the Caldecott.

After that, there’s just a handful of titles to come. My question to you all is: have you encountered a new picture book lately that you think is a must-discuss? (Something like Parrots over Puerto Rico?) Or, has a book we’ve overlooked grown on you over the past year such that you feel it deserves serious Caldecott consideration? (For instance, Lolly was captivated by the quiet Train.) Give it some thought over the holiday weekend, and let us know.

And, of course, happy Thanksgiving to all. We do have a stellar, diverse, and discussable group of picture books to be thankful for this year.

Martha V. Parravano About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.



  1. Jonathan Hunt says:

    I know we kind of discussed the idea of graphic novels in general, but it might be interesting to take a closer look at, say, BOXERS/SAINTS, MARCH: BOOK ONE, and THE GREAT AMERICAN DUST BOWL. You know, for all those 13-14 year olds. 😉

  2. I’d love to see some discussion about THE MIGHTY LALOUCHE by Matthew Olshan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Stunning contender, in my opinion!

    I’m running a Mock-ish Caldecott after awards season. Weird, right?! I just started as a librarian at a school that has, well, a less than stellar collection. I am filling big gaps in previous years’ winners, and kids weren’t even sure what that gold sticker meant anyway. I’ll use this year’s winners as case studies and work backwards from there. I think. Who knows. Who cares! Books plus kids plus art will be a win all around.

    This has been such fun!

  3. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Carter, “The Mighty Lalouche” is one of the handful of books I mentioned that we still need to discuss. It’s on the list for December! Thanks for the nudge, and I think your post-awards mock Caldecott sounds like a great idea. Win-win for sure!

  4. Tammy Langeberg says:

    Journey by Aaron Becker is beautiful and has a wonderful message. It is a true picture book.

  5. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Tammy, I am pleased to report that Robin posted about the gorgeous Journey on Calling Caldecott back on November 4th.

  6. Ed Wolfer says:

    The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever
    by H. Joseph Hopkins. This book is very charming and beautiful, and it just came to my attention because it was added to our Mock Caldecott list on Goodreads. I picked up a copy, and totally fell in love with this book. I have not heard anything about it on any of the Caldecott blogs, but I really think it is worth reading and considering. Other than that, I believe you have covered all my favorites already.

  7. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Thanks, Ed. I agree that Tree Lady is worthy of consideration, especially as an homage/companion/update to and West Coast version of Barbara Cooney’s Miss Rumphius. We will see what we can do…

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