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CaldeGeisel 2019

We here at Calling Caldecott are happy to welcome back the three librarians who run the show over at Guessing Geisel, the blog that celebrates beginning readers and annually runs a mock vote for the Geisel Award. Amy Seto Forrester, Amanda Foulk, and Misti Tidman visited last year, and today they are back to discuss one particular 2018 […]

CaldeComics, Part Two

Today on Calling Caldecott, Alec Chunn writes about three 2018 graphic novels. This follows his October post, in which he wrote about three others. If you missed part one, it’s here. — J.D. Though Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt made a pretty solid case for board books being recognized by the Caldecott this year, I still […]


Raúl Colón’s wordless Imagine! might be the most joyous picture book of the year. This inspirational companion to Draw! (2014), Colón’s autobiographical story about a bedridden boy who becomes immersed in the safari drawings he creates, explodes with energy as a young man skateboards through New York City streets, over a bridge, and to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There […]

The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Jon Agee is a brilliant picture book creator — who has never won a Caldecott. In this year of breathtaking contenders, it might seem a stretch to suggest that his The Wall in the Middle of the Book could put him over the top (that’s a little joke for those of you who already know this clever and surprise-twisty title). But hear me out. For ingenious […]

Otis and Will Discover the Deep

I remember my father’s story of when, as a teenager on Staten Island, he built a diving apparatus — a diving helmet — to enable him to descend into watery depths and explore the world below. My father is gone now and with him the details of how he created it — how air was tubed in, […]

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

The eponymous Adrian Simcox in Marcy Campbell’s debut picture book Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse is bullied because of his poverty. Some have likened this book to Eleanor Estes’s classic chapter book The Hundred Dresses. I know many readers regard Dresses as a text that fosters empathy, but I can’t shake my own reading of […]


Martha referred to 2018 (back in this post) as a “year of blockbusters,” and Yuyi Morales’s Dreamers may be the biggest blockbuster of them all. It’s a picture book that has gotten a lot of attention and adoration this year (one professional review calls it nothing less than a “masterpiece”) and is, in fact, already […]

The Day You Begin

When you feel different, the world around you can tell. It shows in the fear on your face, the slump in your shoulders, the distance between you and others in your class. And the children around you will remind you how different you are with their side-eye glances and low whispers — and the way […]

Pie Is for Sharing

Stephanie Parsley Ledyard and Jason Chin’s Pie Is for Sharing does that thing picture books are supposed to do — text and art work interdependently. Ledyard’s rather philosophical text (an extended musing on the nature of sharing) is given a specific setting (a lakeside, summertime, community picnic) in Chin’s detailed watercolor and gouache illustrations; the pictures support the text […]

Thank You, Omu!

We sometimes think of collage as an art form that we learned in elementary school — cut or torn pieces of paper, pictures from magazines, newspapers, etc., all pasted together to convey a message or paint a picture. Few of us have ever used collage to tell an entire story, nor has our work been […]