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The 2023 Caldecott Announcement

The Real 2023 Caldecott Committee chose one winner and four honor books. The winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal is (hot dog!!!) Hot Dog, illustrated and written by Doug Salati, published by Knopf. A possibly perfect picture book in terms of the interplay of text and art; the expert use of the picture-book...

Week in Review, January 23rd-27th

  This week on   From the January/February 2023 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB Picture Book speeches - Heena Baek | Jieun Kiaer | André Letria | Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin   Calling Caldecott: Results of the 2023 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote by Martha V. Parravano Our Indispensable Contributors by...

Monday, Monday

Three more sleeps till we know! Yes, ALA's Youth Media Awards presentation will be livestreamed this Monday starting at 8 a.m. CST, and toward the end we will will learn the titles of the Real Committee's choices for Caldecott winner and honor books. Here is the link to the video stream. As ever, we...

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,...

Results of the 2023 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

And once again, the votes are in! The results of the 2023 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a winner and four honor books. Farmhouse, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, is the winner. The four honor books are Knight Owl, written and illustrated by Christopher Denise; Hot Dog, written and illustrated by Doug Salati; Choosing Brave,...

Week in Review, January 16th-20th

  This week on January Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Dare Coulter about An American Story + 6 picture book biographies for Black History Month and beyond, 7 historical fiction for middle-grade readers, and 6 complex romances for YA readers as Valentine's Day approaches Nick Brooks...

Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year begins on Sunday. Happy Year of the Rabbit! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. Here is our Lunar New Year reading list with fiction and nonfiction books featuring the holiday for preschool, primary, and intermediate readers. All of the...

2023 Calling Caldecott Ballot — Now Open!

Well, it's almost here. The Real meetings and deliberations begin a week from today, at ALA LibLearnX, and the Caldecott winner and honor books (along with all the other awards) will be revealed on Monday, January 30, at the YMA announcements. Today, meanwhile, we begin our mock vote here on Calling...

Books We Missed

Every year we set off at Calling Caldecott with a determination to cover Absolutely Everything, and every year we don't quite make it — a testament, I think, to how many great books there are. (Which also prompts me to remind everyone of the gargantuan task the Real Committee must accomplish!...
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