What Would Robin Do?

I’m new to the Calling Caldecott team, so I figured I’d better learn as much as I could about how The Committee evaluates picture books (having never served on the committee). In looking back at old posts, I found blog co-founder Robin Smith — not surprisingly — contributed lots of helpful, clear, and funny posts about that very topic (and a host of others). Robin died in 2017, but she’s forever the heart and soul of Calling Caldecott.

The title of this post refers to what former Calling Caldecott co-author, Jules Danielson, called her mantra: “WWRD? or, What Would Robin Do? — often guides me. She was passionate about picture books and wrote so fluidly and coherently about what makes a good one good. I was always watching and learning from Robin.”

Here are some of Robin’s posts from earlier years that I found particularly instructive: 

If you, like me, are new to this game, I highly recommend reading (and rereading) these posts. Seasoned Committee members, do you have any tips or insights to add?

Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is reviews editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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