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Picture Books for Father's Day 2019

Father's Day is this Sunday, and if you are celebrating, here are some picture books to make Dad's or Granddad's day. Also be sure not to miss one of our faves of the year, My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, and their Five Questions...

Review of Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks

Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walksby Jacky Davis; illus. by Giselle PotterPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.3/19    978-0-06-257310-0    $17.99Pekoe is a large yellow puppy with energy and enthusiasm to spare; Olive is a small older dog with a much more subdued (one might even say jaded) outlook on life. Despite...

Editorial: On Citizenship

Our lead article, “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful,” is by acclaimed author and poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz, adapted from his profound and powerful 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture. In it (and be sure to read every word), he says, “I believe that my dissent is what makes me a loyal...

Five questions for Claire Hartfield

Photo: Brian McConkey.With painstaking historical detail, Claire Hartfield’s nonfiction book  A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 (Clarion, 12–16 years) recounts the week of violence in 1919 Chicago that left thirty-eight people dead and 537 wounded (two-thirds of the casualties were black; one-third, white) and the underlying...

The Official 2019 Caldecott Winners

The day has come! The 2019 Caldecott Medal Selection Committee has made its choices.The winner is:Hello Lighthouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. (This is her second Caldecott Medal — Finding Winnie won in 2016).The honor books are:Alma and How She Got Her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-NealThe Rough...

And the winner of the 2019 Calling Caldecott mock vote is…

…Yuyi Morales's DreamersCongratulations to Yuyi Morales for winning the mock vote here at Calling Caldecott!It's been a bit of a wild ride, though. If you look at the full results of our vote, you'll see that this was almost too close to call:1st choice(4 points)2nd choice(3 points)3rd choice(2 points)Total pointsA...

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #2 now open

We are almost finished! Our second ballot starts now and will be open until 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (Thursday, January 24), and we will announce the winner of our mock vote in the afternoon.In less than a week! — Monday, January 28! — we will find out which books will receive recognition from the Real Caldecott...

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 results

The first round of voting is complete! Thanks to everyone who weighed in.As regular Calling Caldecott readers know — but it bears repeating for new folks — the real Caldecott Committee is required to vote for three books on each ballot, specifying 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. When the votes...

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 is open

Here is a link to the 2019 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, January 22. Sometime that afternoon, we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. [Note: because Monday is a federal holiday, we decided to let voting continue until...

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