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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 […]

Before She Was Harriet

I wrote this elsewhere last year, but I’ll say it again here: I think this is one of the best books by husband-and-wife author-illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome, who have collaborated on some fifteen picture books thus far in their careers. This spare biography of Harriet Tubman, “a wisp of a woman with the […]

The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse

Last Friday, the team from the Guessing Geisel blog dropped by to discuss some 2017 picture books with possible crossover Geisel and Caldecott appeal. One of the titles was Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Triangle. But today we’re here to discuss Barnett and Klassen’s other 2017 picture book, The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse […]

CaldeGeisel 2018

We here at Calling Caldecott thought it would be fun to have a visit today from 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 (just as we will soon have a mock Caldecott vote here). Amy, […]

Dazzle Ships

A nonfiction picture book from a small publisher does not necessarily scream CALDECOTT, but even from across the room, one look at the cover of Chris Barton and Victo Ngai’s Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion would likely make you reconsider. The story of these wildly patterned WWI battleships, camouflaged in order […]

Windows

Would it be cheating if, for just a moment, I sent you to Martha’s review of Julia Denos’s Windows, illustrated by debut artist E. B. Goodale? Martha nails a lot of what I like about this story of a brown-skinned boy’s stroll through his diverse neighborhood, as he describes what he sees when the windows […]

Rivers of Sunlight

For the third time since Calling Caldecott started, I get to talk about a new book in the Sunlight Series. I hope you all know these books. The first (My Light, 2004) was by Molly Bang alone. For 2009’s Living Sunlight and the following three books, Bang shared writing credit with Penny Chisholm, bringing out […]

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott

In 2017, Calling Caldecott welcomed Julie Danielson to the team. Along with Martha Parravano and Lolly Robinson, Jules — author of the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog — stays up-to-date on the 2018 Caldecott contenders, offering entertaining observations and useful insight into the awards selection process. 1. How has your first year of Calling […]