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Lolly Robinson

About Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogs for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.

Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot #2 now open

Here at Calling Caldecott, we are almost finished. Our second ballot will be open until 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/7), and we will announce our mock winner tomorrow around noon. In less than a week, we will also find out which books will receive recognition from the real Caldecott committee. But right now, the committee members are […]

Review of Snow Scene

Snow Scene by Richard Jackson; illus. by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Preschool    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 11/17    978-1-62672-680-2    $17.99 At first glance, this is the simplest of books for very young children. Short questions, many just two or three words long, are posed, with answers provided by turning the page. The art often gives hints (on […]

Tell us about your mock Caldecott results

Every year we like to solicit responses from anyone who has held a mock Caldecott with their students, library patrons, or bookstore customers. The first few years of Calling Caldecott, I was in awe of Robin Smith’s annual mock Caldecott with second graders, but it seemed like so much work! Eventually, I took the plunge […]

Rivers of Sunlight

For the third time since Calling Caldecott started, I get to talk about a new book in the Sunlight Series. I hope you all know these books. The first (My Light, 2004) was by Molly Bang alone. For 2009’s Living Sunlight and the following three books, Bang shared writing credit with Penny Chisholm, bringing out […]

How to Be an Elephant

I find it interesting how much I tend to admire nonfiction picture books these days. As a child, that wasn’t the case at all, but then information books have come a long way in the past fifty years. We used to talk on this blog about how difficult it was for information books to win […]

When’s My Birthday?

Here’s a book that was a big hit in the Horn Book office from the start, so I feel lucky to get to write about it here. It’s told by a soon-to-be six-year-old (perhaps; or perhaps by multiple children) anticipating a birthday. Julie Fogliano’s verse in all lower-case letters and minimal punctuation demands to be read […]

Charlotte’s Web | Class #6, fall 2017

During our last class meeting (November 15), our mock book award committees will meet, discuss, and vote. We have three Caldecott committees, one Geisel committee, and one Sibert. We try to make the experience as authentic as possible, which means bringing in snacks (a key part of my own award experiences) and we follow ALA/ALSC’s […]

Annotated bibliographies

We had our fifth of six children’s lit classes last week, which means the big assignment was due: an annotated bibliography of fifteen books on a single subject. Students choose a topic they are interested in and I help them focus and revise those topics until each topic is neither too broad nor too narrow, […]

Review of Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker; illus. by John Rocco Primary    Houghton    48 pp. 9/17    978-0-544-71557-8    $17.99 Beloved author-illustrator Virginia Lee Burton receives a picture-book biography treatment, but not the standard childhood-to-adulthood story. We meet Virginia, known as Jinnee, when she is already the mother of two boys who […]

The Secret Project

Here’s a book with lots of starred reviews — and lots of controversy. What will the Caldecott committee make of that? Some will be reading every review and blog post they can find about each of their nominated books, while others will stay away from social media and review journals all year. While it might […]