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"Prideland"

When Elissa Gershowitz visited the Norman Rockwell Museum this summer, she viewed the Kadir Nelson exhibit "In Our Lifetime" (on view through October 30th), which includes the original art for his historic cover of The Horn Book Magazine, created on the occasion of his 2020 Caldecott win for The Undefeated.  Former Editor in...

Blue

[As promised, most Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book and then segue into the post's author's critique.—MVP]   Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond;...

A Conversation with Jason Chin

Photo: Deirdre Gill. Jason Chin is the winner of the 2022 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Watercress (written by Andrea Wang; published by Neal Porter Books/ Holiday House). Martha V. Parravano interviewed Jason via email for Calling Caldecott. Calling Caldecott: Congratulations on winning the Caldecott! So well earned. What have been some...

Books, Books, and More Books

Calling Caldecott is all about the appreciation and evaluation of picture books, and today we kick off the season with a list (ever-evolving, for sure not definitive) of the 2022 Caldecott-eligible books we aim to cover: John's Turn (illustrated by Kate Berube/written by Mac Barnett) The Three Billy Goats Gruff...

We Are Open!

Welcome to another season of Calling Caldecott — the Horn Book blog that looks at the current year of picture books through the lens of Caldecott Award criteria. This year brings some changes: the coverage will be somewhat streamlined, with individual-book posts for the most part briefer, leaving (fingers crossed!) more air for...

Review of Don’t Worry, Murray

Don’t Worry, Murray by David Ezra Stein; illus. by the authorPreschool    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    32 pp.    g6/22    978-0-06-284524-5    $17.99In a series of humorous vignettes, timid pup Murray is urged to overcome his reluctance to do things by an unseen narrator, his owner. “Why don’t you want to go outside, Murray?”...

Review of Bee

Bee by Charlotte Voake; illus. by the authorPreschool    Candlewick    40 pp.    g6/22    978-1-5362-2045-2    $18.99A human boy makes the acquaintance of (anthropomorphized) honeybees Beatrice and Bella, who give him a magic pair of striped trousers and a furry jacket that shrink him to the size of a bee and allow him...

Review of I Won’t Give Up My Rubber Band

I Won’t Give Up My Rubber Band by Shinsuke Yoshitake; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-7972-1492-4    $15.99 In this endearing picture book, a little girl is thrilled when her mother lets her keep a discarded rubber band. “Yay! I have a rubber band. This...

ALA Annual 2022

July/August cover by Jason Chin and May/June cover by Grace Lin. Copies available for purchase; see below.  Martha V. Parravano, Book Review Editor: I was in DC for a scant 30 hours, but they were packed ones. My primary purpose in going to ALA was to reestablish contact with colleagues...
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