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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.

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 […]

Before She Was Harriet

I wrote this elsewhere last year, but I’ll say it again here: I think this is one of the best books by husband-and-wife author-illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome, who have collaborated on some fifteen picture books thus far in their careers. This spare biography of Harriet Tubman, “a wisp of a woman with the […]

Windows

Would it be cheating if, for just a moment, I sent you to Martha’s review of Julia Denos’s Windows, illustrated by debut artist E. B. Goodale? Martha nails a lot of what I like about this story of a brown-skinned boy’s stroll through his diverse neighborhood, as he describes what he sees when the windows […]

Robinson

Peter Sís’s Robinson has been one of my 2017 favorites since the moment I first laid eyes on it. For one thing, on a personal (and superficial) level, I love that he captures on many of the book’s spreads my favorite shades of blue. Oh, the beautiful blues here! Blue ties with yellow for My […]

Mock Caldecotts 2018

Know what I miss the most about school librarianship, other than story times? Mock Caldecotts. This is the time of year for them, and I love to read about the educators out there who talk to students about the 2017 picture books they love, delve into detailed discussions about them, and prep them for mock-voting in early […]

A Perfect Day

Lane Smith’s A Perfect Day was released early this year (February) and is a book that has made an appearance on multiple Caldecott prediction lists throughout the year. It’s a story that, from a pedagogical point of view (I was trained as a school librarian, so I can’t help it), works well to demonstrate point […]

The New York Times Best Illustrated List

I look forward every year to the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Move over, hot cocoa with marshmallows. The announcement of this list is my very favorite thing about fall. The 2017 titles were announced yesterday. This is the first year the NYT has joined forces with the New York Public Library, and they’ve even […]

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

On Tuesday, Patrick Gall reminded us that here at Calling Caldecott this year we’ve looked at several minimalist picture books. That changes today with Jerry Pinkney’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This is the story you knew as a child — up to a certain point. In the book’s closing Artist’s Note, Pinkney writes about having […]