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It’s already September?!? Welcome back!

Crisp breezes in the air. The changing color of leaves. Decorative gourds (if that’s your thing). Pumpkin-spice lattes (ditto). That’s right, you all: autumn is almost here. Geese will head south, squirrels will bulk up, and you may already be pondering what your Halloween costume will be. Our favorite thing about fall—though sweater weather comes in a close second—is kicking off things here at Calling Caldecott, which we are doing this week. Welcome back, everyone!

As always here at Calling Caldecott, we will take a look at eligible books, from now until ALA Midwinter, that we think are some of the year’s best and that we think might, just maybe, have a shot at the one, the only, Caldecott Award. Here’s where we say that we do not have a crystal ball and will be just as surprised as you are at which books win, but it’s awfully fun to discuss them until we find out, isn’t it? It’s going to be all picture books all the time (including some graphic novels and board books) until late January. We’ll wrap it all up at that time with a mock vote—right before the real Medal winner and Honor(s) are announced.

So, if you love picture books and illustration as much as we do, you’re in the right place. Because we love to hear from others, we have once again invited guest posters to contribute this year. We have several returning guests and we also have some new faces. We are so grateful to those who take the time to contribute to the blog in this way, as it is important to us to discuss picture books and art from diverse viewpoints.

Here’s our plan! On Thursday, we’ll post a list of books we’d like to discuss this year, and we’d love to hear from you in the comments about what we’re missing and what you want to see. Next week, we are going to take a moment to look back and look ahead. First, we’ll check in with Matthew Cordell, winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal, to see what his year has been like. Then, we will talk to author Karen Blumenthal, who co-founded Kitlitwomen* with author-illustrator Grace Lin. If you are not familiar with Kidlitwomen* (or even if you are), which examines women’s and gender issues in children’s literature, come back here on Thursday of next week to learn more about it from Karen.

If you missed our earlier 2018 posts and are so inclined, take a moment to peruse them. We had a March post, an April post, a May post, and a summer post in which we took a brief look at some of the intriguing picture books being published that month. Many of those books will likely be discussed in more detail here at Calling Caldecott this fall and winter.

So, remember: on Thursday of this week we will post our list, and we hope that you’ll share with us in the comments what you’re most excited about this year. See you then!

Julie Danielson About Julie Danielson

Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She also writes for Kirkus Reviews and BookPage and is a lecturer for the School of Information Sciences graduate program at the University of Tennessee. Her book Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, written with Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta, was published in 2014.



  1. Goody-goody-gumdrops!

  2. Allison Grover Khoury says:

    Looking forward to it so much!

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