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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...

The 2022 Caldecott Announcement

                               The winner is Watercress, written by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin, edited by Neal Porter, and published by Holiday House. Let's just sit with that cover a minute as we remember the impressive strengths of...

It's Almost Time! (Again!)

As we here at Calling Caldecott always like to do at this time of year — right before the big awards announcement — we take a moment to thank our guest bloggers, all the talented and observant writers who visited Calling Caldecott this year to delve into a tall stack of...

Results of the 2022 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote

The votes are in! The results of our 2022 Calling Caldecott Mock Vote yielded a winner and two honor books. Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang, is our winner.                                 Our two honor books...

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...
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