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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...
      
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Review of Today

Today by Gabi Snyder; illus. by Stephanie GraeginPreschool, Primary    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp.1/24    9781665924856    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665924863    $10.99A lesson in mindfulness is couched in a cozy story about a much-anticipated visit with extended family. At first, the child protagonist struggles with a seemingly interminable “today”: “Today stretches long…when you’re counting weeks...
      

Review of Before, Now

Before, Now by Daniel Salmieri; illus. by the authorPrimary    Rocky Pond/Penguin    48 pp.6/23    9780593461976    $19.99e-book ed.  9780593461983    $10.99Salmieri delivers a moving intergenerational story using opposites as its central conceit. Opening pages show a view of Earth from space, reading: “In the dark sky floats a bright planet.” The page-turn zooms...
      

Mother's Day 2023

Not breaking news, but motherhood is hard (fatherhood, too; check back next month). Of course it's also all the good stuff — rewarding, gratifying, exhilarating, heartwarming — but easy it is not; and, to borrow from The Princess Bride, "anyone* who says differently is selling something." Mother's Day is this Sunday, May...
      

Review of Off the Wall

Off the Wall by Theodore Taylor III; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-62672-294-1    $19.99 Part fish-out-of-water story, part ode to street art, this vibrant offering will grab readers’ attention. Narrator Sam is unhappy about a family move that has traded their “fast, busy...
      

Our Indispensable Contributors

Every year, before the big awards announcement, Calling Caldecott takes a moment to thank our guest bloggers — all the observant and impassioned and articulate aficianados of picture books who make this blog possible. I am immensely grateful for their contributions — especially this year. Thank you to Julie Hakim Azzam,...
      

Week in Review, January 9th-13th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the January/February 2023 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB Fiction and Poetry speeches - Joseph Bruchac | Natasha Donovan | Sabaa Tahir   Calling Caldecott: Patchwork by Megan Dowd Lambert Black Gold AND Standing in the Need of Prayer by Nicholl Denice Montgomery To Be...
      

Patchwork

[Many 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.]   Patchwork by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Corinna Luyken Primary    Putnam    48 pp.    g 8/22    978-1-9848-1396-1    $18.99 Spanish ed.  978-0-593-53234-8    $18.99 A rhythmic...
      

Off the Wall

[Many 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.]   Off the Wall by Theodore Taylor III ; illus. by the author Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp.       g 10/22     978-1-62672-294-1     $19.99 Part...
      

Week in Review, November 7th-11th

  This week on hbook.com...   From the November/December 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: What She Said by Elissa Gershowitz   Calling Caldecott: Action!: How Movies Began by Betsy Bird This Story Is Not About a Kitten by Megan Dowd Lambert   Family Reading: To Begin Again:...
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