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When Elissa Gershowitz visited the Norman Rockwell Museum this summer, she viewed the Kadir Nelson exhibit "In Our Lifetime" (on view through October 30th), which includes the original art for his historic cover of The Horn Book Magazine, created on the occasion of his 2020 Caldecott win for The Undefeated.  Former Editor in...

John's Turn

[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   John’s Turn by Mac Barnett; illus. by Kate Berube Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5362-0395-0    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5362-2676-8    $17.99 Barnett and Berube offer a...

Where Butterflies Fill the Sky

[Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Where Butterflies Fill the Sky: A Story of Immigration, Family, and Finding Home by Zahra Marwan; illus. by the author Primary    Bloomsbury    48 pp.    g 3/22    978-1-5476-0651-1   ...


[As promised, most Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book and then segue into the post's author's critique.—MVP]   Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond;...

A Conversation with Jason Chin

Photo: Deirdre Gill. Jason Chin is the winner of the 2022 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Watercress (written by Andrea Wang; published by Neal Porter Books/ Holiday House). Martha V. Parravano interviewed Jason via email for Calling Caldecott. Calling Caldecott: Congratulations on winning the Caldecott! So well earned. What have been some...

Books, Books, and More Books

Calling Caldecott is all about the appreciation and evaluation of picture books, and today we kick off the season with a list (ever-evolving, for sure not definitive) of the 2022 Caldecott-eligible books we aim to cover: John's Turn (illustrated by Kate Berube/written by Mac Barnett) The Three Billy Goats Gruff...

Imprinted: Illustrating Race Exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum

"Tanglewood is back! This summer, for the first time since 2019, Tanglewood will offer a full season of concerts and events." My husband sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and this year's Beethoven's Ninth performance, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, was an especially memorable and moving one.  But enough about music! While...

We Are Open!

Welcome to another season of Calling Caldecott — the Horn Book blog that looks at the current year of picture books through the lens of Caldecott Award criteria. This year brings some changes: the coverage will be somewhat streamlined, with individual-book posts for the most part briefer, leaving (fingers crossed!) more air for...

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...

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