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2019 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Meg Medina

Good evening. Muy buenas noches. I’m so happy to be with all of you here tonight, and to share this incredible moment on stage with Sophie [Blackall] and to help honor the enormous legacy of Walter Dean Myers. My deepest congratulations to all the … [Read More...]

Profile of 2019 Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina

Imagine a girl, wavy brown hair, big smile, bright eyes, on the tall side, long legs and arms, in constant motion. (If she were a baby animal, she’d be a colt.) Imagine this girl is your best friend, the kind of girl who is always eager to disappear … [Read More...]

2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Christopher Myers on behalf of Walter Dean Myers

Hey Pop, It’s been a minute since I’ve written you a proper letter, mostly because I don’t know your address or even if they have email wherever you are. When you were around, we’d write each other lots of letters, even if we knew we’d be … [Read More...]

Lift Every Voice: Seeing Stars

I’ve been marinating in childhood memories this past year as I worked to complete my upcoming memoir, Ordinary Hazards. Among the memories there were, as you might imagine, many moments that marked my path as a writer: my first poetry reading at … [Read More...]

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah near Santa Monica*: 2019 AJL annual conference recap

This year’s Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference was held June 17th through 19th in Woodland Hills, CA. That’s in the Los Angeles area, near Topanga Canyon, lots of beaches, and plenty of other beautiful scenery. As a member of the … [Read More...]

Blogs

Think lovely thoughts

I'm off tomorrow for ALA in D.C. and am wondering if 20,000 librarians could accomplish what 1200 hippies could not. Otherwise you will find me mainly in the exhibit hall with Al while Martha and Elissa stalk the sessions. Our booth number is 725, … [Read More...]

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah near Santa Monica*: 2019 AJL annual conference recap

This year’s Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference was held June 17th through 19th in Woodland Hills, CA. That’s in the Los Angeles area, near Topanga Canyon, lots of beaches, and plenty of other beautiful scenery. As a member of the … [Read More...]

Haiku: A Small Poem with Great Potential

snow melting the village brimming over… with children! --Issa (1763-1828) (translated by David Lanoue) Yes, I was taught that a haiku, a short poem that originated in Japan centuries ago, was supposed to consist of three lines of five, seven, … [Read More...]

Spring Picture Books on the Radar

Why, hello there! We are running our fingers through a few months’ worth of cyber-dust here at the Calling Caldecott blog, given that our last post was in January. Have you been reading picture books in 2019? You can trust that we have, and we … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer Intermediate, Middle School    Dial/Dutton    311 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-5255-5323-6    $17.99 At the start of this epistolary (via email) novel, twelve-year-olds Bett Devlin, an adventure-loving California girl of African American and Brazilian descent, and Avery Bloom, a tightly wound New Yorker whose single father is Ukrainian Jewish, are strangers (and adversaries) about to be thrown together at sleep-away summer camp. … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

Sesame Street app review

Can you tell me how to get to…tons of wonderful educational videos and games for preschoolers? Just like the neighborhood itself, the Sesame Street companion app (Sesame Workshop, 2014; iOS and Android) is the place to be: a free account gives a child access to a large selection of games as well as new and classic (ad-free) video clips from the television show. The home screen offers a handful of featured videos and games. Below that, large icons link to additional videos organized by topic … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

Review of To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer Intermediate, Middle School    Dial/Dutton    311 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-5255-5323-6    $17.99 At the start of this epistolary … [Read More...]

Review of Hello

Hello by Fiona Woodcock; illus. by the author Preschool    Greenwillow    40 pp. 5/19    978-0-06-264456-6    $17.99 In Look (rev. 7/18), Woodcock strung together a series of words with double … [Read More...]

Review of Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz Middle School, High School    Clarion    184 pp.    g 6/19    978-0-544-97364-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  … [Read More...]

Review of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki; illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell High School    First Second/Roaring Brook    298 pp. 5/19    978-1-250-31284-6    $24.99 Paper ed.  … [Read More...]

Review of Ogilvy

Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood; illus. by T. L. McBeth Preschool, Primary    Godwin/Holt    40 pp. 5/19    978-1-250-15176-6    $17.99 Ogilvy, a wide-eyed, line-drawn bunny, is excited to make … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Five questions for 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winners Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Thanh Rudd

A talented pair from Down Under, author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Van Thanh Rudd are the co-creators of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner The Patchwork Bike … [Read More...]

2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can … [Read More...]

2019 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can … [Read More...]

Interviews

Fresh Ginger and Garlic: A Conversation with Nikki Giovanni

Over the past twenty years, I’ve been a vegan, a vegetarian, and a pescatarian. There have been only three periods in my adult life when I’ve indulged in the pleasures of meat. One was right after … [Read More...]

Five questions for 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winners Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Thanh Rudd

A talented pair from Down Under, author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Van Thanh Rudd are the co-creators of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner The Patchwork Bike … [Read More...]

Five questions for Mariko Tamaki

Charismatic, too-cool Laura Dean is many things — but a good girlfriend is not one of them. Mariko Tamaki (author of Skim and This One Summer, both illustrated by Jillian Tamaki) and Rosemary … [Read More...]

An Interview with George and Bernette Ford

George and Bernette Ford are two icons of African American children’s literature. George is the winner of the first Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, in 1974, for Ray Charles (written by Sharon … [Read More...]

Summer Reading 2019: Five Questions for Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

Author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña previously collaborated on 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning graphic novel Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 … [Read More...]

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