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No, this isn't the Robin Smith Picture Book Prize announcement that we promised on Monday (that's coming on Friday). We wanted to follow up on our YMA announcement post to scream from the rooftops the fact that Vashti Harrison, illustrator of Caldecott Medal winner Big, is the first Black woman to win...


“In childhood, big is good. Big is impressive, aspirational. But somewhere along the way, the world begins to tell us something different: That big is bad. That being big is undesirable.” — from Vashti Harrison's author’s note Words have an extraordinary influence on our perspective on the world, others, and most...

Why This National Book Award Finalist Is a BIG Deal!

In September, the National Book Award released its longlist of ten books being considered for the 2023 Young People’s Literature (YPL) Award. The YPL Award typically doesn’t attract the attention of us Calling Caldecott folks, because historically it tends to skew more toward older fiction. This year, the YPL’s longlist represented a broad...

Five questions for Vashti Harrison

In the picture book Big (Little, Brown, 5–8 years), a young Black girl feels comfortable in her own skin — until classmates’ taunts and two adults’ admonishments make her question her size. Author/illustrator Vashti Harrison’s sensitive, compassionate story ends on an empowering note, with the girl finally able to hand...

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