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Jerry Pinkney: A Tribute

We here at Calling Caldecott are tremendously sad to learn about the death yesterday of author-illustrator Jerry Pinkney at the age of 81. As noted in the NPR obituary, released last night, Pinkney illustrated over one hundred books in his magnificent career, which began in 1964 with the publication of...

Survivor Tree and This Very Tree: A Look at Two 9/11 Picture Books

We have seen numerous books about 9/11 published in 2021, 20 years after that tragic event. Included among those titles are two outstanding picture books about what is known as the Survivor Tree, the Callery pear tree that was buried underneath the rubble of the World Trade Center and nursed...

Apply for a spring Horn Book internship + meet intern Bodie!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2022 internships, which will likely include a combination of remote work and in-person work in...


As a picture book author, whenever I write a new manuscript, I always fret about ensuring that my words leave room for an artist’s interpretation. Mượn Thị Văn’s words in Wishes are so powerful — yet incredibly spare (75 words in total). I can only wonder how Victo Ngai felt when she read them for the...

Week in Review, October 11th-15th

  This week on October Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Nikole-Hannah Jones,  Renée Watson, and Nikkolas Smith about The 1619 Project: Born on the Water; 5 East Asian intergenerational picture books a la BGHB21 honor Watercress; 6 books about difficult times for siblings a la BGHB21...

Yes & No

In my previous post about Matthew Cordell’s Bear Island, I noted that I had been on the 2018 Caldecott Committee, which picked Cordell's Wolf in the Snow as our medal winner. Now I’m looking at Elisha Cooper’s new book, Yes & No, and his Big Cat, Little Cat was one of our honor...

Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

If there were a comic about my first sighting of Shawn Harris’s Have You Ever Seen a Flower?, it would show my eyes as wide as the child’s on the cover, my mouth open far enough to be visible through a mask, and an oversized cumulus-style thought cloud floating above,...

Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021

It’s Indigenous Peoples' Day! We urge you — today and all year — to seek out and share books respectfully representing indigenous North American peoples and cultures. For an extensive resource by a cultural insider and a children’s literature scholar, please visit Dr. Debbie Reese’s website American Indians in Children’s Literature (and in particular...

Week in Review, October 4th-8th

  This week on Wade Hudson Talks with Roger about Defiant: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South   2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards coverage for Welcome week: October 4: Welcome to BGHB 2021 by Horn Book editor in chief, Roger Sutton October 5: Past BGHB winners list; My...
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