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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.

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, […]

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 […]