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Week in Review, November 23rd-27th

  This week on   From the November/December Horn Book Magazine: Letter to the Editor from Kathleen T. Isaacs   Calling Caldecott: Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Martha V. Parravano NYT/NYPL List, We Miss You by Julie Danielson, Martha V. Parravano, and Julie Roach   Reviews of the Week:...

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

Kudos to author Nikki Grimes and artist Elizabeth Zunon, who together have created a most unusual bedtime book in Bedtime for Sweet Creatures. One of the most unusual things about the text is that it is narrated by the protagonist's mother, who throughout the book addresses her child as she...

Week in Review, November 16th-20th

  This week on Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng Talk with Roger about Cave Paintings   From the November/December Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: Books Everlasting: Teaching Children's Literature to Older Adults by Amy Kellman   Read Roger: Local Girl Makes Good A Note from Me (Nov 13, 2020)...

Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week is November 13-19, leading to Transgender Day of Remembrance / Trans Day of Resilience on November 20th, today. We join our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary family members, friends, and neighbors near and far in celebrating the lives of trans people, remembering those lost to transphobic hate...

A Quick Pause for Nominations

It's that time of year again at Calling Caldecott where we pause briefly in our coverage of 2020 picture books to ask for readers' input. What books that are eligible for the Caldecott are your current top favorites? It's not been a typical year, to put it mildly. And award...

A Note from Me (Nov 20, 2020)

Dear friends: I can still hear Carla Hayden’s voice, forty years ago, as she was describing the allure of Flowers in the Attic to the era’s younger teens. “Because of all the forbidden stuff,” she said to me, giving the word all the mystery and danger it deserves. Kids (who...

Local Girl Makes Good

The illustration on the cover of the November/December Magazine is from Once upon a Winter Day, a picture book written and illustrated by Liza Woodruff. Guys, that's our Liza, who worked as the circulation assistant at The Horn Book back in the last century, and we still miss her, so...

Hotel, motel

If you're feeling wistful about November travel -- or about the Rosebud Motel -- here are three new books set in motels. See also the Hotels and Motels subject list in the Guide/Reviews Database (free COVID-19 access info here). No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen Intermediate, Middle School    Groundwood    144 pp.    g  9/20    978-1-77306-410-9    $16.95  e-book ed. ...

What the Hell Is Didactic Intent Anyway?

ELISA GALL: Part of the Caldecott terms and criteria reads: "The committee should keep in mind that the award is for distinguished illustrations in a picture book and for excellence of pictorial presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent or for popularity." In recent years, I've seen...
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