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Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

by Martha V. Parravano and Dr. Kim Parker Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate, 4–8 years) was a 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards darling, recipient of four Honor awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Author, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator. The Crown team — author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James […]

Extras on the 2018 Youth Media Award winners

To accompany our 2018 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year’s Youth Media Award winners. Horn Book reviews of the Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, CSK, Printz, Sibert, and Batchelder Award winners Newbery Medal winner and honor books Review of Hello, Universe Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon […]

The 2018 Caldecott Winners

How is everybody doing this morning? Whew. Exciting day, right? Here’s a zippy-quick post to note that this morning the winners of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. And we here at Calling Caldecott were most eager, of course, to find out which books the Caldecott committee chose. (Here is the full list of […]

ALA Awards 2018: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello, Universe and Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow on February 12th, 2018, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, […]

Reviews of the 2018 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell; illus. by the author Primary    Feiwel    48 pp. 1/17    978-1-250-07636-6    $17.99    g A series of illustrations before the title page sets the scene: a prairie landscape in winter, home to both humans and wolves. Setting off alone toward home from school as a blizzard descends, a bundled-up […]

And the winner of the 2018 Calling Caldecott mock vote is…

. . . Dan Santat’s After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) After the Fall received a whopping 456 total points, garnering 77 first-place votes. And for our purposes, making it the clear winner. (How would that translate to numbers on an actual Caldecott committee ballot? As decisive as the numbers look on our second […]

Five questions for Julie Danielson of Calling Caldecott

In 2017, Calling Caldecott welcomed Julie Danielson to the team. Along with Martha Parravano and Lolly Robinson, Jules — author of the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog — stays up-to-date on the 2018 Caldecott contenders, offering entertaining observations and useful insight into the awards selection process. 1. How has your first year of Calling […]

Lots of ALA 2017 love

All week we’ve been celebrating the 2017 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here’s a cheat sheet to the winners’ acceptance speeches, profiles of them by their loved ones, and more. Caldecott Medal Caldecott Medal Acceptance for Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Silver medals by Martha Parravano […]

I’m rubber and you’re glue

Over on the Horn Book’s Facebook page, there’s an opinion that Javaka Steptoe only won the Caldecott Medal because his father was John Steptoe. When pressed for evidence, the (former, as she’ll tell you) subscriber replied that “the pattern of ALA award committees in the past several years in its selections of winners/honors. Promote diversity […]

2016 in Review: The Year in Pictures: Somehow Still Beautiful

His drawings are not neat or clean, nor does he color inside the lines. They are sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but somehow still beautiful. —from Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe At the end of each year, I take a step back to reflect upon the latest crop of picture books to see if any […]