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What Would Robin Do?

I’m new to the Calling Caldecott team, so I figured I’d better learn as much as I could about how The Committee evaluates picture books (having never served on the committee). In looking back at old posts, I found blog co-founder Robin Smith — not surprisingly — contributed lots of helpful,...

Welcome back!

As you can see from the byline, it's a new season here at Calling Caldecott, in more ways than one. Yes, we will have three co-authors this year! with Julie Hakim Azzam and Kitty Flynn joining the CC team.  Julie has been a Horn Book contributor (to the magazine and the...

Review of In the Tunnel

In the Tunnel by Julie LeeMiddle School, High School    Holiday    304 pp.5/23    9780823450398    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455294    $11.99This companion novel to Lee’s Brother’s Keeper tells the story of Kim Myung-gi and his family from the end of Japan’s occupation of Korea through Russia’s invasion to the start of the Korean War....

Review of The Scariest Kitten in the World

The Scariest Kitten in the World by Kate Messner; illus. by MacKenzie HaleyPreschool, Primary    Farrar    40 pp.8/23    9780374390051    $18.99An offstage narrator warns readers (à la Grover in The Monster at the End of This Book) about the “ferocious monster” that haunts the pages ahead. “It’s not too late for you...

Review of The Light Inside

The Light Inside by Dan Misdea; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Penguin Workshop    40 pp.8/23    9780593521625    $8.99When a mischievous black cat runs off with a little jack-o’-lantern child’s purple mouse stuffie, the child must face their fears to find their beloved friend. In the end, stuffie and child are reunited,...

Review of It’s Fall!

It’s Fall! by Renée Kurilla; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    32 pp.8/23    9780316363990    $18.99“Scarecrows, mums, / and wagon rides. / A corn maze we get lost inside!” Get into a fall mood with Kurilla’s upbeat rhyming text and exuberant digitally rendered illustrations in a rich palette appropriately dominated...

Review of Have You Seen My Invisible Dinosaur?

Have You Seen My Invisible Dinosaur? by Helen Yoon; illus. by the author Preschool    Candlewick    32 pp. 5/23    9781536226256    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781536232110    $18.99 How do you find something you can’t see? A pigtailed girl in a yellow pith helmet explains how she lost her invisible dinosaur. “He had gotten...

Review of Make Way: The Story of Robert McCloskey, Nancy Schön, and Some Very Famous Ducklings

Make Way: The Story of Robert McCloskey, Nancy Schön, and Some Very Famous Ducklings by Angela Burke Kunkel; illus. by Claire Keane Primary, Intermediate    Random House Studio/Random    48 pp. 4/23    9780593373354    $19.99 Library ed.  9780593373361    $22.99 e-book ed.  9780593373378    $11.99 This story spans decades, introducing two artists separately until Nancy...

Review of You Rule!

You Rule! by Rilla Alexander; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Chronicle    32 pp.4/23    9781797211794    $17.99In this deceptively simple book, a (mostly offstage) grownup poses a series of questions to a child; each query has a surprising range of suggested answers. The illustration accompanying the first question—“How ready are you?”— shows...

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