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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.

Martin Rising

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While we normally see, on an annual basis, a new crop of picture books about the legendary civil rights leader, there seem to be even more this year in an effort to mark this somber anniversary. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Martin […]

Kidlitwomen*: A Conversation with Karen Blumenthal

Following her interview with last year’s Caldecott winner, Matthew Cordell, Julie Danielson interviewed author Karen Blumenthal by email for Calling Caldecott to discuss Kidlitwomen*, which Karen co-founded with author-illustrator Grace Lin. Calling Caldecott: Tell us about the origins of Kidlitwomen*. For those not familiar with the project, can you talk about when and why you and Grace […]

A Conversation with Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is the author-illustrator of Wolf in the Snow, winner of the 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal. Julie Danielson interviewed him by email for Calling Caldecott. Calling Caldecott: Hi, Matt! Before we kick off the new Caldecott season in earnest, we thought it’d be fun to have a brief chat (a Matt-chat, if you will) about what […]

Review of A Home in the Barn

A Home in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown; illus. by Jerry Pinkney Preschool, Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    32 pp. 9/18    978-0-06-623787-9    $17.99 This cozy (previously unpublished) story from the late, legendary Margaret Wise Brown opens and closes with the same playful rhyme: “Here is the barn / Hear the wind rattle / Open the door / And see all […]

And we’re off!

Hello again! If you saw Tuesday’s post from earlier this week, during which we officially kicked things off, you know that we are back today to bring you all a list of books we plan to cover this Calling Caldecott season. Below is that preliminary list of eligible books we hope to discuss this year. […]

It’s already September?!? Welcome back!

Crisp breezes in the air. The changing color of leaves. Decorative gourds (if that’s your thing). Pumpkin-spice lattes (ditto). That’s right, you all: autumn is almost here. Geese will head south, squirrels will bulk up, and you may already be pondering what your Halloween costume will be. Our favorite thing about fall—though sweater weather comes […]

Review of A Big Mooncake for Little Star

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g 8/18    978-0-316-40448-8    $17.99 Little Star and her mother bake a mooncake, the sweet treat associated with the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. The ingredients for their super-sized mooncake cover a mammoth table, because these two make their […]

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 […]