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Recently one of the readers of my blog was monumentally peeved at me, and not without just cause. I had written the third of my Newbery/Caldecott prediction posts for 2024 on my School Library Journal blog, and the reader pointed out that I was, shall we say, a little loosey-goosey...

Review of Tomfoolery!: Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children’s Books

Tomfoolery!: Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel; illus. by Barbara McClintockPrimary    Chronicle    40 pp.11/23    9780811879231    $18.99British illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) transformed illustrated books for children (“stiff, full of pretty poses and cluttered scenery”) into picture books (ones that featured stories that “tumble[d] forth like...


Barbara McClintock's Vroom! is one of my favorite picture books of 2019 for very young children — and I'm a perennial cheerleader for great books for the youngest, though they rarely if ever garner Caldecott recognition. Still! They are worth speaking up for.  In recognition of its audience, Vroom! wastes no...

Review of Vroom!

Vroom! by Barbara McClintock; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Farrar    32 pp. 7/19    978-1-62672-217-0    $17.99 Annie, the daredevil young protagonist of this spirited story, has a big imagination—and a plan. She dons her striped racing helmet and gloves and then jumps into her sleek racing car. By the second...

Nothing Stopped Sophie

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain (written by Cheryl Bardoe) is the story of the groundbreaking self-taught mathematician and physics pioneer Sophie Germain, whose work on the concept of vibration patterns made her the first woman to win a grand prize from France’s distinguished Royal Academy...

Emma and Julia Love Ballet

It's always an interesting exercise to look closely at a book that isn't a top favorite. Don't get me wrong: I love this book; I just wasn't thinking of it as a Caldecott contender. But Julie Danielson named it (here) as a book she'd like to see considered. And, in fact, the...

Five questions for Barbara McClintock

Each of author/illustrator Barbara McClintock's picture books provides a glimpse into a jewel-box of a world, from bustling early-twentieth-century Paris (Adèle & Simon; Farrar, 4–7 years) to a cozy 1970s mouse-house (Where's Mommy?, written by Beverly Donofrio; Schwartz & Wade, 4–7 years). Her latest, Emma and Julia Love Ballet (Scholastic,...

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2015

While you wait with bated breath for next week's ALA Annual conference — and the July/August Horn Book Magazine containing the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Wilder awards speeches and profiles of the winners, plus roundups of the year's books, our Mind the Gap Awards for books that didn't...

My Grandfather's Coat

Heart-on-sleeve confession about My Grandfather's Coat: I cannot read this book without crying. Some days even thinking about it makes me weepy. It’s not like anything bad happens (the grandfather doesn’t die!), and the tone is neither wistful nor melancholy. It’s such a joyful book, and then oy vey! The...

Where's Mommy?

Travis Jonker recently documented the overlap between the New York Times Best Illustrated List and books that have won Caldecott recognition -- well done, Travis! -- and since there's no arguing with cold, hard facts, we here at Calling Caldecott are paying attention. By my reckoning, half the books on...

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