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Bacon bookmark

Not a funny book...but this is a funny line! What ELSE have we used, seen, or imagined to be bookmarks? ...

Week in Review, September 25th-29th

  This week on From the September/October 2023 Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: Hosting a Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Club   Calling Caldecott: Stars of the Night Evergreen Make Your Voice Heard Out of the Box: Everyday Africa   Reviews of the Week: Starred Picture Book: Penny & Pip by Candace Fleming; illus....

Make Your Voice Heard

It's one thing for this community of picture-book lovers to talk amongst ourselves — but it's quite another to communicate directly with the Real Caldecott committee.  The committee is soliciting (anonymous) suggestions for the best Caldecott-eligible books of 2023. Follow this link, submit the form, and know your voice has...


This is the book I’ve been giving away this year to everyone with young children. I was on the Caldecott committee that chose Matthew Cordell’s Wolf in the Snow as its medal winner, and I see Evergreen as a very different but equally masterful picture book. It seems as if...

Everyday Africa

September is National African Immigrant Heritage Month, established by the United States House of Representatives in 2015. One board book and two picture books move beyond the sensationalized topics often associated with Africa and broaden perceptions of the continent by capturing familiar scenes of everyday life. For more related books see Monica...

Stars of the Night

The cover of Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport, written by Caren Stelson and illustrated by Selina Alko, immediately grabs viewers' attention with its somber and quite heartbreaking image of children looking through the window of a bus, their faces solemn. Who are they waving to, so joylessly? It's...

Week in Review, September 18th-22nd

  This week on Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney Talk with Roger   September issue of Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for Pedro Martín on Mexikid; “Enchanting” and “unforgettable”; Gatos, perros, and more; Latine/x YA: Not alone; From the Editor   Calling Caldecott: Now we KNOW awards season is heating up... What Would...

Yom Kippur (and more!) 2023

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, begins Sunday night, and this time of year, it seems there’s always a Jewish holiday either coming or going. Here are a few books to help observe, celebrate, and/or explain some of this season’s Jewish holidays.  For Rosh Hashanah (and beyond), Richard Ho’s...

What Would Robin Do?

I’m new to the Calling Caldecott team, so I figured I’d better learn as much as I could about how The Committee evaluates picture books (having never served on the committee). In looking back at old posts, I found blog co-founder Robin Smith — not surprisingly — contributed lots of helpful,...
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