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Horn Book Cover Madness

Hello from the Calling Caldecott off-season, and welcome to our version of college basketball's March Madness — a celebration of Horn Book cover art and artists!  Calling Caldecott prides itself on being a place where lively discussion and celebration of children’s book illustration takes place. The Magazine has a spectacular array of cover art (see...

More BIG news

No, this isn't the Robin Smith Picture Book Prize announcement that we promised on Monday (that's coming on Friday). We wanted to follow up on our YMA announcement post to scream from the rooftops the fact that Vashti Harrison, illustrator of Caldecott Medal winner Big, is the first Black woman to win...

The 2024 Caldecott Announcement

What an exciting morning it was! Calling Caldecott was tuned into the livestream, with morning coffee and popcorn. The Real Committee selected one winner and four honor books. The winner of the 2024 Caldecott Medal is Big, written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, published by Little, Brown and Company. The Caldecott honor...

Review of Don’t Blow Your Top!

Don’t Blow Your Top! by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Abhi AlwarPreschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.10/23    9781338837841    $17.99Paper ed.  9781339036625    $7.99Two bright green volcanoes, one big and one little, live happily in a tropical paradise until: “Something unexpected happened.” A bird accidentally drops a coconut on Little Volcano. “Would Little Volcano…BLOW...

It's That Time Again!

We're almost there! This weekend the Real Caldecott Committee gathers in Baltimore to advocate, discuss, listen, compromise — and then do it all over again and again, until the winner and honor book(s) are chosen.   Before we get caught up in the excitement of The Big Announcement, however, we want...

Results of the 2024 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

The votes are in!! The results of the 2024 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a winner and two honor books. Big, written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, is the winner. The two honor books are: There Was a Party for Langston, written by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey, and An...

Books We Missed

Calling Caldecott's mock vote opens tomorrow, and we're excited to see what you, our readers, will vote for. Please come on back to the blog tomorrow to vote for your top choices.  In the meantime, we're taking stock of the books that we wished we had time to include in...

Review of Henry and the Something New

Henry and the Something New by Jenn Bailey; illus. by Mika SongPrimary    Chronicle    56 pp.3/24    9781797213903    $14.99In his second early-chapter-book outing (Henry, like Always, rev. 3/23), Henry—a sensitive child who presents as being on the autism spectrum—is ambivalent about a field trip to the natural history museum. “Henry was excited....

Review of Next Stop

Next Stop by Debbie Fong; illus. by the authorIntermediate, Middle School    RH Graphic/Random    272 pp.3/24    9780593425206    $21.99Library ed.  9780593425213    $24.99Paper ed.  9780593425183    $13.99e-book ed.  9780593425190    $8.99Fong’s deeply moving graphic novel opens with an intriguing premise: Pia Xing, a reserved and lonely middle schooler, says goodbye to her father and embarks...
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