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When Elissa Gershowitz visited the Norman Rockwell Museum this summer, she viewed the Kadir Nelson exhibit "In Our Lifetime" (on view through October 30th), which includes the original art for his historic cover of The Horn Book Magazine, created on the occasion of his 2020 Caldecott win for The Undefeated.  Former Editor in...

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...

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   ...


[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;...

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...

We Are Open!

Welcome to another season of Calling Caldecott — the Horn Book blog that looks at the current year of picture books through the lens of Caldecott Award criteria. This year brings some changes: the coverage will be somewhat streamlined, with individual-book posts for the most part briefer, leaving (fingers crossed!) more air for...

The 2022 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

This is the fifth annual Robin Smith Picture Book Prize. My wife, Robin — teacher, writer, conference speaker, children’s book committee regular, and co-founder of Calling Caldecott — died of cancer in 2017. I am heartened that this prize in her honor represents so much of Robin’s spirit. The five...

Floyd Cooper's Caldecott

As promised yesterday, we are back today to talk a bit more about the late, great Floyd Cooper’s Caldecott Honor recognition for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, written by Carole Boston Weatherford. We speculated yesterday that he may have been the first in Caldecott history to have been awarded recognition...
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