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Archives for November 2013

Happy diamond anniversary, Weston Woods!

Weston Woods is turning 60 this year! In honor of the occasion the company has created a new 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition DVD. The hour-long special collection “includes six of [their] most beloved titles from the last 10 years”: Arnie the Doughnut, No Roses for Harry!, Wild About Books, Dem Bones, That New Animal, and […]

“One common gift”: a direct line to childhood

Picture book author and editor extraordinaire Charlotte Zolotow died yesterday at the age of 98. The children’s literature world is mourning her death but celebrating, as well, her enormous contributions to the field. Here on Calling Caldecott our focus is a narrow and intense one: we devote our time and energy to looking at this year’s — and only this year’s […]

Review of All the Truth That’s in Me

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry High School     Viking     274 pp. 9/13     978-0-670-78615-2     $17.99     g Berry’s (The Amaranth Enchantment, rev. 5/09) novel is set in fictional Roswell Station, a village that in its appearance and claustrophobic atmosphere seems to resemble an early American colonial settlement. Bit by bit, […]

R.I.P. Charlotte Zolotow

Former publisher of children’s books at HarperCollins and immortal author of picture books Charlotte Zolotow has died at the age of 98. As an editor and publisher she was quite a force, bringing us such revelations as The Pigman and Weetzie Bat; as an author, she is without peer in her particular realm: the quiet […]

Writing for the Very Young: An Emotional Déjà Vu

by Charlotte Zolotow The more I try to analyze children’s books — or the fusion of feelings and events that goes into writing for children — the more I realize what a mystery children’s thoughts are and what a mystery the whole process of writing for children is. Part of it is the imagery and […]

Leggo my LEGO

In stylish coffee-table book Beautiful LEGO (No Starch Press, October 2013), “internationally acclaimed LEGO® artist” Mike Doyle showcases the work of dozens of his fellow artists from around the world. Elevating the preschool building toy to high art, this book’s gorgeous photographs of hundreds of LEGO sculptures are the draw here. The range of subject […]

Exotic creatures

Crump, Marty The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Boyds Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Told in an accessible first-person narrative by the behavioral ecologist author, this book describes the Darwin’s frog, an unusual species in which the male broods tadpoles in his vocal sac until they emerge as froglets. The science is solid, […]

Handicrafts

deCarufel, Laura Learn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style Middle school, high school   96 pp. Owlkids Illustrated by Jeff Kulak. This enthusiastic and informative introduction will be of interest to any reader intrigued by fashion design. Handsomely illustrated chapters cover a wide range of topics, including how to find […]

Cookery

Bucholz, Dinah The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool — Over 150 Recipes Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia Gr. 4–6   231 pp. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky Inspired by the bountiful references and descriptions of food and eating in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, recipes range from simple toast to fried trout. Grouped by […]

Native Americans

Capaldi, Gina and Pearce, Q. L. Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Ša, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Carolrhoda Illustrated by Gina Capaldi. This picture book adaptation of three of Zitkala-Ša’s semiautobiographical stories (published in the early 1900s) begins with the Native American girl’s 1884 enrollment in a Quaker-run boarding […]