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The 2023 Robin Smith Picture Book Prize

With this sixth annual winner of the Robin Smith Picture Book Prize, I realize we now have a nicely curated collection of beautiful picture books that makes a great gift at holidays, birthdays, baby showers, or any occasion calling for a random act of book-giving. I even have a narrow...

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...

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,...

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!...

H Is for Harlem

[Many 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.]   H Is for Harlem by Dinah Johnson; illus. by April Harrison Primary    Ottaviano/Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 7/22    978-0-316-32237-9    $18.99 This engaging and beautiful alphabet book features and celebrates...

The Universe in You

[Many 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.]    The Universe in You: A Microscopic Journey by Jason Chin; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 12/22    9780823450701    $18.99 e-book ed.  9780823454310    $11.99 Chin follows...
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