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Review of Cher Ami: Based on the World War I Legend of the Fearless Pigeon

Cher Ami: Based on the World War I Legend of the Fearless Pigeon by Mélisande Potter; illus. by Giselle PotterPrimary    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    40 pp.    g5/22    978-0-316-33534-8    $18.99This “blend of truth and legend” tells the story of Cher Ami, one of hundreds of homing pigeons who in WWI acted as messengers...

Review of Here We Come!

Here We Come! by Janna Matthies; illus. by Christine DavenierPreschool    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5344-1787-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1788-5    $10.99Here is a book that begs to be read aloud at storytime—read aloud, and shouted, and paraded. The rhyming cumulative text begins with a child heading outside at night with a...
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Review of Because of You, John Lewis: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Because of You, John Lewis: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illus. by Keith Henry BrownIntermediate    Scholastic    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-338-75908-2    $18.99What could have been a straightforward story of a boy meeting his idol becomes in Pinkney’s (Martin Rising, rev. 3/18; Loretta Little Looks Back,...

Review of The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer

The Girl Who Could Fix Anything: Beatrice Shilling, World War II Engineer by Mara Rockliff; illus. by Daniel Duncan Primary    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-5362-1252-5    $17.99 Text and pictures work together to capture the life and spirit of a remarkable woman. As a child in England, Beatrice ­Shilling (1909–1990)...

Review of The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales

The Provensen Book of Fairy Tales compiled and illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen Intermediate    NYRB    136 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-68137-582-3    $24.95 e-book ed.  978-1-68137-604-2    $14.99 Here are collected (and reissued from the 1971 original) twelve literary fairy tales from several different European traditions, including Hans ­Christian ­Andersen’s “The Nightingale”;...

Floyd Cooper's Caldecott

As promised yesterday, we are back today to talk a bit more about the late, great Floyd Cooper’s Caldecott Honor recognition for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. We speculated yesterday that he may have been the first in Caldecott history to have been awarded recognition...

The 2022 Caldecott Announcement

                               The winner is Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Holiday House. Let's just sit with that cover a minute as we remember the impressive strengths of...

It's Almost Time! (Again!)

As we here at Calling Caldecott always like to do at this time of year — right before the big awards announcement — we take a moment to thank our guest bloggers, all the talented and observant writers who visited Calling Caldecott this year to delve into a tall stack of...

Results of the 2022 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

The votes are in! The results of our 2022 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a winner and two honor books. Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang, is our winner.                                 Our two honor books...
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