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Live from Chicago! It’s Robin

IMG_5012FRIDAY, 10:45 AM: At the risk of seeming like a stalker, I have a few things to report from the Caldecott meetings in Chicago. Not really! I have nothing to report from the (closed) Caldecott meetings. But I am in Chicago, and I am at ALA. I was able to check with a friend to make sure that all the Caldecott members were able to make it there through the snow, and they did. [Editor’s note: Committee members must be present for the entire schedule of meetings to be eligible to vote.] Darn it. I was hoping that maybe I would get called in as a little ringer at the last minute…

But since I’m not on the Caldecott committee, I’m forced to have breakfast and find good coffee and walk around Chicago. Which is about the best way to spend a day in Chicago. Next up is listening in at the Notable Books discussion. Tonight I have some meetings, and then meetings for the rest of the week, but for now we can be sure that the Caldecott committee is hard at work doing their job and coming up with some great choices.

I see from my Facebook feed that the people at the Day of Diversity meetings are working hard, too! There are approx. 12,000 librarians and teachers expected to hit Chicago today. Wish you all could be here.

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. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    Not sure everyone can read the sign: it’s the schedule outside the room where the 2015 Caldecott Award Committee is meeting from 8 am to 4 pm today, 8 am to 10 pm tomorrow, and 8 am to 10 am on Sunday.

    Thanks for bringing us up close and personal, Robin!

  2. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    Sorry. It was dark in that hallway and I really did not want to be caught outside that room with a cup to my ear. (just kidding)
    FYI, all meetings are listed on the ALA website, so I really was not stalking.

  3. Thanks for the connection to the actual event, Robin. I’m so excited and can’t wait for the results. I missed our Mock here at Calling Caldecott this year, which I’m sad about but found the results interesting. Good to know Diversity groups are working hard. So much progress to be made.
    Does anyone think that a book as long as Josephine has a chance? The art is so gorgeous!

  4. Martha V. Parravano Martha V. Parravano says:

    “Stalking,” no. Making us feel like We Are There, yes! Thanks so much again.

  5. Dean Schneider says:

    I’m here with Robin. I can attest to her quick picture of the sign and a hasty retreat to the elevator! It’s fun to be here a bit early and see book lovers arrive from all over the country. The Notables Committee was going strong when Robin and I were watching. Now Robin’s at her meetings, and I’m off to a publisher’s event.

  6. Most importantly: is the Windy City really windy? Robin? Dean?

  7. Robin Smith Robin Smith says:

    Yes on the wind. I had tears running down both cheeks this morning. I love the cold though. And snow is in the forecast!

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