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Teacher Appreciation 2021

This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, with Tuesday, May 4, being National Teacher Day. If ever there was a year to celebrate educators, 2021 is that year. Please, #ThankaTeacher (including teacher librarians, if your district is lucky enough to have them).   Teachers, did you ever imagine the depths of resilience you would have...

Happy World Read Aloud Day of our favorite days of the year! To help you celebrate, here are some recommended books, Horn Book Fanfare 2020 2020 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners 2021 ALA Youth Media Award winners Board Book Roundup: Treasure Hunting in the Public Library by Julie Roach (September/October 2018 Magazine) The 2021...

Week in Review, January 25th-29th

  This week on ALA Awards 2021: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners   Calling Caldecott: 2021 Caldecott Announcement by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson Momentous history made! by Martha V. Parravano and Julie Danielson The 2021 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize by Dean Schneider   Out of...

The 2021 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

It’s hard to believe this is the fourth annual selection for the Robin Smith Picture Book Prize, four years since my wife, Robin Smith, died of cancer at age 57. Robin co-founded Calling Caldecott, reviewed for the Horn Book Magazine and Kirkus Reviews, served on the Caldecott committee and several others,...

2021 Caldecott Announcement

The wait is over! The 2021 Caldecott Awards were announced this morning. The committee chose one winner and four honor books.  The winner is:  We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade and written by Carole Lindstrom:                          The...

It's Almost Time!

We here at Calling Caldecott want to take a moment to thank everyone who voted in this week’s 2021 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote. Here are the results if you missed them yesterday. And if mock-voting is not your thing but you have read along with us for the past five months...

In a Jar

Aren’t all of us collectors? If we are conscious of the lives we lead, we know we collect things. We treasure our partners, children, friendships, books, the myriad fine moments that make a life. But look even closer — “see a world in a grain of sand,” as William Blake would...

Fanfare 2020 extras

Read more by and about some of our Fanfare 2020 authors and illustrators below. Find our at-a-glance Fanfare 2020 booklist here and our newly annotated list here.   Picture Books Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James What the Hell Is Didactic Intent Anyway? by Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt Family...

The Bear and the Moon

Sometimes a book comes along that makes me proud to be a part of the world of children’s literature, and The Bear and the Moon, written by Matthew Burgess and illustrated by Cátia Chien, is one of those books. When I first read it, it felt like an old friend,...

How to Talk about Picture Books

In case we don’t say it enough, we here at Calling Caldecott are immensely grateful to all of the guest posters who visit and write about picture books. We enjoy reading their posts and appreciate their thoughtful contributions. We love it when someone points out something in a picture book...

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