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2022 Calling Caldecott Ballot — Now Open!

ALA Midwinter has traditionally been the time for the ALSC book award committees to make their choices, but now there is no more Midwinter (here we go, LibLearnX!) and because the committees meet virtually, due to the pandemic, it's not even clear when the committees might be convening to decide...

The 2022 "Books We Wish We Had Time For" List

One of NPR's Pop Culture Critics, John Powers, will often present at the end of a calendar year what he calls his Ghost File. He describes this as the books, films, or television shows he saw that haunt him, precisely because he loved them and wanted to cover them — but...

Dream Street

Dream Street, the locale for this breathtaking book of the same name, serves as a garden for growing a thriving community, rich relationships, and strong children who know who they are and what kind of difference they want to make in the world. The picture book opens with a warm welcome...

2022 CaldeNotts

I first played with the idea of the "CaldeNott," applying the Caldecott criteria to ineligible picture books, some ten years ago when I was on the faculty at what is now the School of Information Studies at Dominican University. I find there is real value in the exercise: one understands the...


Arguably one of the hardest things Caldecott committee members must do is put previous books by prolific illustrators out of their heads. While Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger stands gloriously on its own, will the committee be able to put aside the experience of reading Green, which won a 2013 Caldecott...

Little Witch Hazel

It is a rare thing to get a child’s-eye glimpse into a hidden, miniature world. And yet that is exactly what happens in Phoebe Wahl’s delightful Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest. Through the use of elegant framing devices and earth-toned illustrations that evoke the world of the woods, we go on four...

Born on the Water

Using the year 1619 as a cultural milestone that introduced a shift in perspective on America’s origin story, Born on the Water was bound to be a groundbreaking picture book. The only surprise is that, as thrilling as it was expected to be, this picture book exceeds expectations. Putting art to...

Tell us all about your mock Caldecotts!

We know that many of you — teachers, school librarians, public librarians, and even booksellers — do mock Caldecotts with students, library patrons, etc. And you know we love to hear about them! Here's our annual request for you to share in the comments what you're doing this year and maybe even which books your students...

It's "Second Round of Nominations" Time

Time is whizzing by, for us and FOR SURE for the Real Committee. I know it seems like moments ago that we put out a call for a first round of mock nominations, where we asked readers to name their top four choices, but it was in fact a whole...
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