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The Year in Words and Pictures—and Stories

As the speeches and profiles arrived for this year’s ALA Awards special issue, we noticed a theme: so many of them address the idea of learning from others, especially those who came before. That’s part of the work of acceptance speeches, of course, as creators give credit to their influences....
      

ALA Annual 2022

July/August cover by Jason Chin and May/June cover by Grace Lin. Copies available for purchase; see below.  Martha V. Parravano, Book Review Editor: I was in DC for a scant 30 hours, but they were packed ones. My primary purpose in going to ALA was to reestablish contact with colleagues...
      

Profile of 2022 Caldecott Medal winner Jason Chin

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Chin family snapshots. At left, Michael (with headphones) and Jason; at right, the brothers with their father, Raymond. Photos: Mary Chin. When my brother was in high school, he had a plan. He would call up legendary illustrator and Caldecott Medal winner Trina Schart Hyman to see if she would...
      

2022 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Jason Chin

Good evening. It is a particular joy to be addressing you in person as the two previous recipients of the Caldecott Medal were not able to do. On that note, because they missed out on their ballroom full of applause, I think we should give it to them. Please join...
      

Floyd Cooper's Caldecott

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As promised yesterday, we are back today to talk a bit more about the late, great Floyd Cooper’s Caldecott Honor recognition for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. We speculated yesterday that he may have been the first in Caldecott history to have been awarded recognition...
      

ALA Awards 2022: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Donna Barba Higuera for The Last Quentista and Jason Chin for Watercress on January 24, 2022, at the American Library Association’s virtual LibLearnX. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott...
      

The 2022 Caldecott Announcement

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                               The winner is Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Holiday House. Let's just sit with that cover a minute as we remember the impressive strengths of...
      

Reviews of the 2022 Caldecott Medal Winners

Winner Watercress by Andrea Wang; illus. by Jason Chin Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-8234-4624-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5054-1    $11.99 Transcending space and time, memories bring a Chinese American family together. A girl in cutoffs and a T-shirt is embarrassed when her parents stop the car to pick wild...
      

Results of the 2022 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

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The votes are in! The results of our 2022 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a winner and two honor books. Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang, is our winner.                                 Our two honor books...
      

2022 Calling Caldecott Ballot — Now Open!

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ALA Midwinter has traditionally been the time for the ALSC book award committees to make their choices, but now there is no more Midwinter (here we go, LibLearnX!) and because the committees meet virtually, due to the pandemic, it's not even clear when the committees might be convening to decide...
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