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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...

Week in Review, September 19th-23rd

  This week on September Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Margi Preus + 6 middle grade/middle school folklore and magic novels, 4 early reader comics, and 4 YA STEM-focused books   From the September/October 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Field Notes: The Day the Book Banners Came...

Rosh Hashanah 2022

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday night! Wishing you a year of good surprises, new understanding, adventure, connection, help and compassion, and all kinds of superheroes. ​Shana tovah! P. S. Did I mention good surprises??...

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   ...

Banned Books Week 2022

It’s Banned Books Week! From The American Library Association’s website: “ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that...


[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;...

Week in Review, September 12th-16th

  This week on Christina Diaz Gonzalez Talks with Roger about The Bluest Sky   From the September/October 2022 Horn Book Magazine: A Journey of Transformation — The Zena Sutherland Lecture by Yuyi Morales   Calling Caldecott: Books, Books, and More Books by Martha V. Parravano A Conversation with...

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...
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