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Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 results

The first round of voting is complete! Thanks to everyone who weighed in. As regular Calling Caldecott readers know — but it bears repeating for new folks — the real Caldecott Committee is required to vote for three books on each ballot, specifying 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. When the votes are in, they are […]

Walter Wick Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Twenty years after winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for A Drop of Water, Walter Wick is back with a companion, A Ray of Light. (If this were a trilogy, […]

Week in Review, January 14th – 18th

This week on hbook.com… Calling Caldecott’s first 2019 Mock Caldecott ballot is open now until Monday! From the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms” by Uma Krishnaswami Erin Entrada Kelly Talks with Roger about You Go First Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Chicken Talk […]

2019 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

From the BCCB’s Deborah Stevenson, chair of the O’Dell Award committee:    Champaign, IL (January 18, 2019)—The 2019 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, published by Holiday House.   Chicago brings culture shock for eleven-year-old Langston, who moves there from Alabama with his father in 1946 after his mother dies.  […]

Calling Caldecott 2019 ballot #1 is open

Here is a link to the 2019 Calling Caldecott ballot. It will be open until 9 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, January 22. Sometime that afternoon, we will post the results and a link to the second ballot. [Note: because Monday is a federal holiday, we decided to let voting continue until Tuesday morning rather than Monday. […]

Burn, baby, burn

These days, I expect fire and fury when I look at the news, but imagine my surprise when I was assigning reviews yesterday and unwittingly sorted these four books into the same pile: An instance of art imitating life? Perhaps. But also perhaps a new cover trend? In particular, the covers for Watch You Burn […]

Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors?: Children’s Book Prisms

It has been twenty-nine years since Rudine Sims Bishop’s seminal essay “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” was published. Speaking to the lack of children’s books with African American characters and themes, the essay called for books to act as windows and mirrors that would allow all children to see themselves and the experiences of […]

Boy, you turn me

Talking about his new book A Ray of Light for this week’s Talks With Roger, author-photographer (and BGHB winner) Walter Wick reminded me of something that I knew but had gratefully managed to forget: we see everything upside-down, and our brains correct the difference. When I think about that I have trouble walking. But with […]

Winter break: The Aftermath

We are going through a Diary of a Wimpy Kid phase at my house, big-time (and thank you to the Cambridge Public Library for carrying a bajillion copies of many of the titles). Reading and re-reading those books was one of the things that kept us occupied over the winter break. And then came the […]

Our Picture Book Year

Jules: So, we here at Calling Caldecott have wrapped up our book coverage, and it’s almost time for the mock vote. (More on that tomorrow!) But before that happens we thought we’d have a brief discussion about the year. No predictions here, because no one has a crystal ball. But we thought it’d be fun to […]