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CaldeComics 2022

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Two voices are always better than one, so we’re excited to co-author this year’s CaldeComics post (à la Elisa Gall and Jonathan Hunt). We first became CaldeBuddies while we were at Simmons University together, each of us maxing out our library cards at the Boston Public Library’s Faneuil Branch in order...

I Is for Immigrants

When learning a new language, its alphabet is often the logical place to begin. Understanding the shapes, sounds, and functions of individual letters can help establish a critical foundation for speaking and reading the language and can increase overall comprehension. With I Is for Immigrants, Selina Alko uses the alphabet book...

Should the ALA Awards Get Graphic?

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I always look forward to reading here at Calling Caldecott about the graphic novels and comics that could bring home a Caldecott. Just next week we will hear from Alec Chunn and Niki Marion about the 2021 graphic novels that have grabbed their attention. We’ve seen graphic novels win some...

Nominations, please!

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Hello, everyone! Mid-November is when we typically pause our coverage of the year's Caldecott-eligible books to ask our readers to weigh in with their favorites.  You probably all know the drill by now — we're asking for four nominations now; three more to come in mid-December. This mirrors (very roughly) the...

The 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books list

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It’s that time of year! Last Friday, the 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books were announced. We at Calling Caldecott always look forward to this list, and to see the winners this year is particularly exciting, since last year’s awards were cancelled. This was due...

Hurricane

Hurricane, based on John Rocco's childhood experience, is a companion to his picture books Blackout (a Caldecott Honor book) and Blizzard. The dramatic title Hurricane fits with the previous titles, but the book just as easily could have been called Dock. The micro setting of a dock and the macro setting of a neighborhood near a quiet...

King of Ragtime

How can an illustrator capture the essence of music with an image? The answer to that question can be found in Stephen Costanza's picture-book biography King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. In music, syncopation is a mixture or variety of rhythms or beats that are played together. These...

Bright Star

Waiting for a new Yuyi Morales picture book feels a bit like waiting for your favorite band to finally release their new single. Luckily for us, Morales does not disappoint. Bright Star begins as a meditation. “Child, / you are awake! / Breathe in, / then breathe out, / hermosa...

New in Town

As we here at Calling Caldecott ponder which books the Real Committee might be affording their time and attention, I wonder about Kevin Cornell’s New in Town. It spins a visually rich and satisfying David-versus-Goliath type of tale, one that pits a larger-than-life con man against a humble newcomer.  The town...
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