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Julie Danielson

About Julie Danielson

Julie Danielson writes about picture books at the blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She also writes for Kirkus Reviews and BookPage and is a lecturer for the School of Information Sciences graduate program at the University of Tennessee. Her book Wild Things!: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature, written with Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta, was published in 2014.

Review of Carl and the Meaning of Life

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Viking    48 pp.    g 4/19    978-0-451-47498-8    $17.99 Carl is an earthworm, always moving under the ground, digesting leaves and “turning hard dirt into fluffy soil.” When a field mouse asks him why he does that, […]

Review of The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors by Julie Falatko; illus. by Ruth Chan Primary    Disney-Hyperion    40 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-368-00083-3    $17.99 The tables are turned in this mischievous comedy about the highs and lows of camping. As a camper van full of humans drives away from a house, two bears in the front yard come out of hiding: […]

Review of Hey, Water!

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    48 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-8234-4155-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4201-0    $17.99 A girl named Zoe explores water in this playful and informative book. Speaking directly to water (“Hey, water! I know you! You’re all around”), Zoe considers the role of water inside a home […]

Review of Lubna and Pebble

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour; illus. by Daniel Egnéus Primary    Dial    32 pp.    g 3/19    978-0-525-55416-5    $17.99 Wide-eyed Lubna befriends a pebble when she and her father arrive by boat at an unspecified refugee settlement she calls “a World of Tents.” She personalizes the small stone by drawing a happy face on it, telling […]

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 was, especially between the top […]

2019 Calling Caldecott ballot #1 and voting instructions

It’s time for the 2019 mock vote here at Calling Caldecott! We have been discussing books here at the blog as far back as early March, and we hope you all have been reading and thinking and poring over books. The actual ALA Youth Media Awards will be in less than two weeks, but it’s […]

A Home in the Barn

Could Jerry Pinkney bring home Caldecott gold once again with his illustrations for A Home in the Barn? I don’t have a crystal ball, and even Santa (who knows everything) won’t tell me. But I do love this book. As we’ve seen, there are many stellar picture books this year. Could this one rise to […]

Dreamers

Martha referred to 2018 (back in this post) as a “year of blockbusters,” and Yuyi Morales’s Dreamers may be the biggest blockbuster of them all. It’s a picture book that has gotten a lot of attention and adoration this year (one professional review calls it nothing less than a “masterpiece”) and is, in fact, already […]

Nothing Stopped Sophie

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain (written by Cheryl Bardoe) is the story of the groundbreaking self-taught mathematician and physics pioneer Sophie Germain, whose work on the concept of vibration patterns made her the first woman to win a grand prize from France’s distinguished Royal Academy of Sciences. It’s a truly […]

The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list

Did you all see on Friday the 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list? I’ve said this before, but the announcement of this award, along with the return to hot cocoa and turning the clocks back an hour, is one of my favorite things about fall. This year’s winners are: Dreamers, […]