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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 The Fisherman & the Whale

The Fisherman & the Whale by Jessica Lanan; illus. by the author Primary    Simon    48 pp. 5/19    978-1-5344-1574-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1575-1    $10.99 In this dramatic wordless tale, a commercial fisherman and what appears to be his son collect fish in the large net thrown from their boat. They sail on — that is, until […]

Review of Bear Came Along

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris; illus. by LeUyen Pham Preschool    Little, Brown    40 pp. 6/19    978-0-316-46447-5    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-46445-1    $9.99 This boisterous adventure is a story about discovery, the twists and turns a day can take, and the ways in which friendships can be forged when least expected — all in the […]

Spring Picture Books on the Radar

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 idea to check in […]

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 […]