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Week in Review, January 22nd-26th

  This week on hbook.com... ALA Awards 2024: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners   From the January/February 2024 Horn Book Magazine: Board Book Roundup: Board Book Adaptations: When Picture Books Get on Board by Rachel G. Payne   Calling Caldecott: The 2024 Caldecott Announcement by Julie Hakim Azzam, Kitty...
      

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

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...
      

Review of Don’t Blow Your Top!

Don’t Blow Your Top! by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Abhi AlwarPreschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.10/23    9781338837841    $17.99Paper ed.  9781339036625    $7.99Two bright green volcanoes, one big and one little, live happily in a tropical paradise until: “Something unexpected happened.” A bird accidentally drops a coconut on Little Volcano. “Would Little Volcano…BLOW...
      

Week in Review, January 15th-19th

  This week on hbook.com... January Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Breanna J. McDaniel and April Harrion about Go Forth and Tell: The Life of  Augusta Baker, Librarian and Master Stiryteller + 6 picture-book biographies about community helpers, 7 novels with Black protagonists rising to the occasion,...
      

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...
      

Week in Review, January 8th-12th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2024 Horn Book Magazine: On the Cover by Jack Wong The Early Years by Horn Book editors   Calling Caldecott: 2024 CaldeNotts by Julie Hakim Azzam Calling CaldeNott Interview with Jack Wong by Julie Hakim Azzam Books We Missed by Julie...
      

Books We Missed

Calling Caldecott's mock vote opens tomorrow, and we're excited to see what you, our readers, will vote for. Please come on back to the blog tomorrow to vote for your top choices.  In the meantime, we're taking stock of the books that we wished we had time to include in...
      

Review of Henry and the Something New

Henry and the Something New by Jenn Bailey; illus. by Mika SongPrimary    Chronicle    56 pp.3/24    9781797213903    $14.99In his second early-chapter-book outing (Henry, like Always, rev. 3/23), Henry—a sensitive child who presents as being on the autism spectrum—is ambivalent about a field trip to the natural history museum. “Henry was excited....
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