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Taking a Peek at 2018 . . .

Have you had a chance to catch your breath since the announcement of the 2018 Caldecott winners? Speaking of which, I highly recommend this video that newly minted Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell released, thanking the Real Committee. (Hoooowl!) The first part of the year feels like it’s flown by, hasn’t it? It is already March, and before we […]

The 2018 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

We here at Calling Caldecott think often of Robin Smith — beloved second-grade teacher, reviewer, and enthusiastic co-author of this blog before her untimely death last June. Her passion for and astute observations of picture books infuse the work we continue to do here, every day. Every. Single. Day. We wanted to do something special to recognize her contribution to our field […]

The 2018 Caldecott Winners

How is everybody doing this morning? Whew. Exciting day, right? Here’s a zippy-quick post to note that this morning the winners of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. And we here at Calling Caldecott were most eager, of course, to find out which books the Caldecott committee chose. (Here is the full list of […]

And the winner of the 2018 Calling Caldecott mock vote is…

. . . Dan Santat’s After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) After the Fall received a whopping 456 total points, garnering 77 first-place votes. And for our purposes, making it the clear winner. (How would that translate to numbers on an actual Caldecott committee ballot? As decisive as the numbers look on our second […]

Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot #2 now open

Here at Calling Caldecott, we are almost finished. Our second ballot will be open until 9 a.m. EST tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/7), and we will announce our mock winner tomorrow around noon. In less than a week, we will also find out which books will receive recognition from the real Caldecott committee. But right now, the committee members are […]

Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot #1 results

The three of us watched the voting in real time Friday and over the weekend, and we woke up early today to check numbers before the balloting closed at 9 a.m. This is a really exciting time for us, but it can also be heartbreaking to see some of our favorites not getting enough votes to remain in consideration. […]

Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot #1 now open

Here is a link to the 2018 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Monday, February 5. Sometime that afternoon, we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. Go ahead and lobby for your favorites in the comments here. Or mourn for the books that didn’t make […]

2018 Calling Caldecott ballot #1 and voting instructions

  Drumroll, everyone. We are very close to the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards announcements (Monday, February 12), during which we will find out the names of the books that impressed the 2018 Caldecott committee. This is one of those years where I’ve heard many people say, “My favorites change daily!” and “How will the real committee […]

Her Right Foot

Dave Eggers’s Her Right Foot, illustrated by debut artist Shawn Harris and clocking in at over a hundred pages, is a picture book receiving a fair amount of Newbery buzz. Heavy Medal, School Library Journal’s mock Newbery blog, has placed the book on their long list. In two separate posts they, and their commenters, have weighed in […]

Tell us about your mock Caldecott results

Every year we like to solicit responses from anyone who has held a mock Caldecott with their students, library patrons, or bookstore customers. The first few years of Calling Caldecott, I was in awe of Robin Smith’s annual mock Caldecott with second graders, but it seemed like so much work! Eventually, I took the plunge […]