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My Heart

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I’ve been diving into social-emotional books this year for a number of reasons, so I was interested in My Heart and saw it fairly soon after it was published. It struck me as a book that was going to challenge any ideas we might have about how a book about feelings should...

CaldeGeisel 2020

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Last year the Guessing Geisel co-host team was thrilled to make a visit to Calling Caldecott to discuss the crossover appeal of Emily Tetri’s Tiger vs. Nightmare. Although the title didn’t quite snag a crossover win, it did take home a Geisel Honor. Not too shabby! This year we’re once again...

A Conversation with Sophie Blackall

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Sophie Blackall is the author-illustrator of Hello Lighthouse, winner of the 2019 Randolph Caldecott Medal. Julie Danielson interviewed her by email for Calling Caldecott.   Calling Caldecott: Last year, we asked the Caldecott Medalist where he keeps his medal (it is beside his daughter's Ren Faire fist, no less), but where...

Let's Dive In: The List Is Here

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We're here today with our list of 2020 Caldecott-eligible books. We’ve asked the books (and our guest bloggers) to don some scuba gear, because we’re going to take some deep dives here at the blog — humor me with my weak aquatic metaphor; I’m only on my first cup of...

It's That Time of Year Again

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Well, hello there! We here at Calling Caldecott are waving in your direction (which is to say many directions), welcoming fall — here in the South, anyway, we finally have a subtle chill in the air — and welcoming back our readers for a new season of looking at outstanding...

Spring Picture Books on the Radar

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Why, hello there! We are running our fingers through a few months’ worth of cyber-dust here at the Calling Caldecott blog, given that our last post was in January.Have you been reading picture books in 2019? You can trust that we have, and we thought it would be a good...

The 2019 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

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Perched on her rocking chair (brightly painted by her students with Alabama outsider artist Chris Clark), teacher Robin Smith would launch with glee and gusto into a beloved picture book, her second graders in a semicircle at her feet. Every day for 24 years she would read to her students...

The Official 2019 Caldecott Winners

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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...

Calling Caldecott: Not a Crystal Ball

We mentioned this in yesterday's post, but it's worth repeating: our mock vote yesterday was really close! WOWZERS. (You can head here to see the results if you haven't seen the numbers yet.) As we watched the results come in yesterday, we were oohing and aahing over how close it...
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