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Review of Inside Cat

Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel; illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-4521-7319-1    $17.99 Inside Cat wanders its labyrinthine, multi-floor home, filled with windows of varying shapes and sizes. In this eclectic dwelling, the feline “finds a view wherever it goes.” Only the cat, what it sees...

Should the ALA Awards Get Graphic?

I always look forward to reading here at Calling Caldecott about the graphic novels and comics that could bring home a Caldecott. Just next week we will hear from Alec Chunn and Niki Marion about the 2021 graphic novels that have grabbed their attention. We’ve seen graphic novels win some...

Nominations, please!

Hello, everyone! Mid-November is when we typically pause our coverage of the year's Caldecott-eligible books to ask our readers to weigh in with their favorites.  You probably all know the drill by now — we're asking for four nominations now; three more to come in mid-December. This mirrors (very roughly) the...

The 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list

It’s that time of year! Last Friday, the 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books were announced. We at Calling Caldecott always look forward to this list, and to see the winners this year is particularly exciting, since last year’s awards were cancelled. This was due...

New in Town

As we here at Calling Caldecott ponder which books the Real Committee might be affording their time and attention, I wonder about Kevin Cornell’s New in Town. It spins a visually rich and satisfying David-versus-Goliath type of tale, one that pits a larger-than-life con man against a humble newcomer.  The town...

Are You Having Another Year Without Page Turns?

At Calling Caldecott, we do our best to schedule book coverage such that you can get your hands on the books you are reading about here at the site. For instance, we aren’t going to kick things off with a book published in November. We kick things off with books...

Jerry Pinkney, the Lion of the Caldecott

The late Jerry Pinkney was a Caldecott giant, winning five Caldecott honors before striking gold with his historic 2010 win for The Lion and the Mouse. Let's take a moment — here on this blog that's all about the Caldecott — to appreciate his impact on the award as we remember a great...

Jerry Pinkney: A Tribute

We here at Calling Caldecott are tremendously sad to learn about the death yesterday of author-illustrator Jerry Pinkney at the age of 81. As noted in the NPR obituary, released last night, Pinkney illustrated over one hundred books in his magnificent career, which began in 1964 with the publication of...

Review of Migrants

Migrants by Issa Watanabe; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Gecko    40 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-776573-13-4    $15.99 A group of despondent anthropomorphic animals, carrying little in the way of possessions, treks across land and sea in this wordless story from Peruvian author-illustrator Watanabe. Following the party is a skeletal creature,...
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