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The 2021 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

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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,...

Momentous history made!

Greeting, fellow members of the children's book community, on this day after a most momentous one in our history. Yesterday, Michaela Goade, who is of Tlingit descent and is tribally enrolled wih the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, won the Caldecott Medal for We Are...

2021 Caldecott Announcement

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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!

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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...

Results of the 2021 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

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The votes are in! The results of our 2021 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a mock winner and two honor books. Our readers chose We Are Water Protectors, illustrated by Michaela Goade, as the winner.                                    ...

It's Time to Vote! — Calling Caldecott 2021 ballot is now open

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Can you all believe that we are one week away from the Caldecott Awards announcement? In case you missed it, here is where you can catch the exciting news next Monday morning. We have covered a big stack of 2020 picture books here at Calling Caldecott since September. We are...

The 2021 "Books We Wish We Had Time For" list

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One of my favorite things about the 2019 Caldecott Awards was that a book we hadn’t covered here at Calling Caldecott (Brian Lies’s The Rough Patch) up and won an Honor. And I love this, because it proves the point that we are not in the business of predicting winners,...

Your Place in the Universe

When my siblings and I were young, my mother ordered Time Life’s A Child’s First Encyclopedia of Learning, a series of books that explored a variety of topics about the natural world. I imagine that she ordered the set to address our seemingly insatiable curiosity about the world in which...

In a Jar

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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...
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