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Remember started its life as a poem published in 1983 by the esteemed poet Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation and former U.S. poet laureate (the first Native American to hold that title). Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Michaela Goade (Tlingit Nation) gives Harjo's poem new life in rich and beautifully layered illustrations. Endpapers are the first point of...

Berry Song

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Berry Song by Michaela Goade; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.    g 7/22    978-0-316-49417-5    $18.99 In Goade’s (Caldecott Medalist for We Are Water...

Someone Builds the Dream

I could tell from the dust jacket alone that Someone Builds the Dream, written by Lisa Wheeler, was something special. And after multiple readings, poring over Loren Long's illustrations and thinking about the text accompanying them, I still just plain love this book.   Long’s signature style, with its rich colors, careful...


I love nonfiction picture books. I love books that educate our children and inspire them to social action and justice. And I love seeing the responses of children when I read these kinds of books aloud to them and they are moved to make changes in themselves, their community, and...

Home in the Woods

Home in the Woods is a story of loss and love, hope, hard work, and healing. It is a book of green and gentleness, softness and loyalty, perseverance and hardship, love and courage. In fact, I find myself so smitten by the art and artistry that I thought for a long...

My Heart

I’ve been diving into social-emotional books this year for a number of reasons, so I was interested in My Heart and saw it fairly soon after it was published. It struck me as a book that was going to challenge any ideas we might have about how a book about feelings should...

The Ring Bearer

I have long admired Floyd Cooper’s books. His contributions to American art and culture feel vital always, but especially when there are still too few African American authors’ and illustrators’ voices in U.S. publishing today.The art he creates for his books is distinctive and unique. I do not fully understand...

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