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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 […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Here is Fanfare, the Horn Book’s annual list of the books we really loved the most. I wish I could tell you there was some more objective criteria, but there isn’t: these are the books the Horn Book editors, in consultation with our reviewers, are happiest to have read. They are books that both confirmed […]

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 […]

Francie at Frugal

On Saturday, I went to Frugal Bookstore for Francie Latour‘s “Auntie Luce Holiday Book Event.” Francie is the author of Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings, illustrated by Ken Daley (Groundwood), inspired by Haitian artist Luce Turnier (1924-1994). She’s also one half of Wee The People (with Tanya Nixon-Silberg): Wee The People (WTP) is a Boston-based social […]

Week in Review, December 3rd – 7th

This week on hbook.com… Preview the January/February 2019 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: original cover by Jillian Tamaki; Fanfare; 2018 BGHB Awards speeches and pics; Uma Krishnaswami on books as “prisms”; Grace Lin asks white authors to “Speak with Us, Not for Us”; lots more! From the November/December 2018 Horn Book Magazine: Publishers’ Previews: Picture Books: […]

Small print

Some of your favorite novels have just been miniaturized…and flipped sideways. “Penguin Minis” present unabridged texts in a horizontal format with a trim size of roughly 5” x 3”. First introduced in the Netherlands as “Flipbacks” (primarily itty-bitty editions of popular adult books), the line launches in the United States with four titles from the […]

Counting on You

Jason Low has announced that the Diversity Baseline survey is back. Publishers, book reviewers, agents (now with agents!) please join in. If the numbers are better than they were five years ago (and I suspect they are), the first iteration of this survey should be credited with some of that success.

Imagine!

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 […]

Two great ladies

This Thursday at 3:00PM, I’ll be interviewing Ilene Cooper about her latest book, Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Justice. Sponsored by the Junior Library Guild (for which Eleanor served as a board member!), the webcast is free but you need to sign up here. Ilene and I go way way back, but I promise we’ll spare […]