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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...

Hurricane

Hurricane, based on John Rocco's childhood experience, is a companion to his picture books Blackout (a Caldecott Honor book) and Blizzard. The dramatic title Hurricane fits with the previous titles, but the book just as easily could have been called Dock. The micro setting of a dock and the macro setting of a neighborhood near a quiet...

Review of Off-Limits

Off-Limits by Helen Yoon; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-5362-0731-6    $17.99 As the book opens, a nondescript-looking man walks away from his home office, having just affixed an “off-limits” sign to its door. Around the corner (and from the edge of the title page)...

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...

Review of New in Town

New in Town by Kevin Cornell; illus. by the author Primary    Farrar    40 pp.    g 8/21    978-0-374-30609-0    $18.99 Here’s a classic David vs. Goliath tale, with a twist — or possibly more than one. The town of Puddletrunk, a higglety-pigglety, near-vertical construction on a tiny circle of land, is separated...

Building Our List

Today at Calling Caldecott, we start talkin' books. Which ones will we write about this year?  Here's where we remind you that this list is ever-evolving. Books may be added to it, and books might fall off of it.  Please also remember that we have zero, zilch, nada to do...

Review of Dust Off the Gold Medal: Rediscovering Children's Literature at the Newbery Centennial

Dust Off the Gold Medal: Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial edited by Sara L. Schwebel and Jocelyn Van Tuyl Routledge    264 pp.    g 7/21    978-0-367-33721-6    $160.00 e-book ed.  978-1-000-41761-6    $48.95 The Newbery Medal was first awarded in 1922; as the award approaches its centennial, this volume looks at...

Review of Not My Problem

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth High School    HarperTeen    368 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-295714-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-295716-0    $9.99 Bossy know-it-all perfectionist Meabh and underachieving social outcast Aideen are enemies at their Irish high school (think Derry Girls, but co-ed and with more than one wee lesbian). But when Aideen...
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