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Are you following Calling Caldecott?

I hope so. If not, here’s the link.

At this time of year — from Labor Day to the beginning of the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference — my blog attention is divided because I also write for Calling Caldecott, a mock Caldecott blog.

I hope some of you teachers have tried mock Caldecotts in your classrooms. I’ve heard of them being successful from grades 2 all the way to high school. Evaluating picture books can be a great way to reinforce literary devices. Picture books may be a quick read, but looking for plot, characterization, tone, etc. in the art as well as the text can present an extra challenge. Or, for your students who are visual learners, it could give them a chance to shine.

The ALA Book and Media Award announcement will be in Boston this year, which means I’ll get to soak up the excitement in person instead of jealously watching the webcast. Will you be in the Boston area Monday, January 11? If so, try to get a pass to the press conference at 8 a.m. at the Massachusetts Convention Center. If you can’t make it in person, tune in to the webcast or watch it afterwards. The webcast link isn’t up yet, but closer to the day it should show up on this page where you can watch last year’s book award announcements.

Lolly Robinson About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.



  1. I just saw your Caldecott Mock and was very impressed with the selections and comments. Scheduled library checkouts of the ones I haven’t read yet. Thanks for doing this. Great voting lies ahead!

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