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2024 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Vashti Harrison

“Did you know you’re the first Black woman to win the Caldecott Medal?” The morning of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards, my agent, Carrie Hannigan, called to ask me this. We had spoken the night before to celebrate, so this call felt more like a briefing. She was...
      

Horn Book Podcast

  In 2007 and 2008 the Horn Book had a (more-or-less) monthly podcast. The Horn Book’s new podcast aired in 2016 and 2017, hosted by Roger Sutton (editor in chief at the time) and Siân Gaetano (then Guide editorial assistant). We are happy to make these episodes available once again here. Our podcasts featured...
      

ALA Awards 2024: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Dave Eggers for The Eyes and the Impossible and Vashti Harrison for Big on January 22, 2024, at the American Library Association’s LibLearnX conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Also announced at the gathering were the winners...
      

More BIG news

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...
      

The 2024 Caldecott Announcement

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What an exciting morning it was! Calling Caldecott was tuned into the livestream, with morning coffee and popcorn. The Real Committee selected one winner and four honor books. The winner of the 2024 Caldecott Medal is Big, written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, published by Little, Brown and Company. The Caldecott honor...
      

Reviews of the 2024 Caldecott Medal Winners

Winner Big by Vashti Harrison; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    64 pp. 5/23    9780316353229    $19.99 e-book ed.  9780316566223    $12.99 As Harrison writes in her author’s note, “In childhood, big is good. Big is impressive, aspirational. But somewhere along the way, the world begins to tell us something different:...
      

It's That Time Again!

We're almost there! This weekend the Real Caldecott Committee gathers in Baltimore to advocate, discuss, listen, compromise — and then do it all over again and again, until the winner and honor book(s) are chosen.   Before we get caught up in the excitement of The Big Announcement, however, we want...
      

Results of the 2024 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

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The votes are in!! The results of the 2024 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a winner and two honor books. Big, written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, is the winner. The two honor books are: There Was a Party for Langston, written by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey, and An...
      

From the Editor - January 2024

Earlier today Calling Caldecott announced the winner of its MOCK award, Big by Vashti Harrison, with honor books An American Story and There Was a Party for Langston; all superb choices! This coming Monday, January 22, we’ll know the winners of the actual 2024 Caldecott Medal and of the other...
      

2024 Calling Caldecott Mock Ballot — Now Open!

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It's been one heck of a Calling Caldecott season. Since we kicked things off on September 5, with the help of our ever-brilliant and dedicated contributors, we have covered twenty-five individual books plus many others in discussions that have touched on folklore, awards (the National Book Award for Young People's Literature), and annual...
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