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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.

June Picture Books on the Radar

Happy June, everyone! We hope you’re all staying cool and are lucky enough to have at least a little bit of down time this summer. We are here to check in, as we’ve been doing all of this year, to see what’s being published this month and what looks intriguing. June’s selection of picture books […]

Review of Night Out

Night Out by Daniel Miyares; illus. by the author Primary    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 5/18    978-1-5247-6572-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-6573-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-6574-3    $10.99 Boarding school (or perhaps it’s some kind of residential institution) is lonely for the solitary boy in this magical after-dark adventure. We see only one instance of his […]

May Picture Books on the Radar

Happy May, everyone! Is it just us or does the year feel like it’s flying by? Pretty soon, we’ll be at the midway mark of 2018. Before we get there, let’s check in, as we’ve been doing all of this year, to see what’s being published this month and what looks intriguing.   From poet […]

Review of A Stone for Sascha

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 5/18    978-0-7636-6596-8    $17.99 Heartbreak turns into healing in this wordless tale about loss, the ways in which we ritualize grief, and the cyclical patterns of life on Earth, no less. A girl and her family bury their beloved dog […]

April Picture Books on the Radar

Happy April, everyone! Spring has officially sprung, even if you happen to live in a part of the country still seeing snow. (If that describes where you live but you’re ready for spring, I won’t mention the temperatures in Nashville right about now.) If you saw our last post here at Calling Caldecott, you know […]

Taking a Peek at 2018 . . .

Have you had a chance to catch your breath since the announcement of the 2018 Caldecott winners? Speaking of which, I highly recommend this video that newly minted Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell released, thanking the Real Committee. (Hoooowl!) The first part of the year feels like it’s flown by, hasn’t it? It is already March, and before we […]

The 2018 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

We here at Calling Caldecott think often of Robin Smith — beloved second-grade teacher, reviewer, and enthusiastic co-author of this blog before her untimely death last June. Her passion for and astute observations of picture books infuse the work we continue to do here, every day. Every. Single. Day. We wanted to do something special to recognize her contribution to our field […]

The 2018 Caldecott Winners

How is everybody doing this morning? Whew. Exciting day, right? Here’s a zippy-quick post to note that this morning the winners of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. And we here at Calling Caldecott were most eager, of course, to find out which books the Caldecott committee chose. (Here is the full list of […]

2018 Calling Caldecott ballot #1 and voting instructions

  Drumroll, everyone. We are very close to the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards announcements (Monday, February 12), during which we will find out the names of the books that impressed the 2018 Caldecott committee. This is one of those years where I’ve heard many people say, “My favorites change daily!” and “How will the real committee […]

Her Right Foot

Dave Eggers’s Her Right Foot, illustrated by debut artist Shawn Harris and clocking in at over a hundred pages, is a picture book receiving a fair amount of Newbery buzz. Heavy Medal, School Library Journal’s mock Newbery blog, has placed the book on their long list. In two separate posts they, and their commenters, have weighed in […]