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A House That Once Was

How do you feel when a multi–Caldecott Honor winner creates a Caldecott-worthy book? Personally, I go through a series of different stages. You know. Denial. Morbid curiosity. Conversion. Proselytizing. At least that’s what happened when I took a deep dive into A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Lane Smith. As you […]

A Perfect Day

Lane Smith’s A Perfect Day was released early this year (February) and is a book that has made an appearance on multiple Caldecott prediction lists throughout the year. It’s a story that, from a pedagogical point of view (I was trained as a school librarian, so I can’t help it), works well to demonstrate point […]

Hbook Podcast 1.21 – There Is a Tribe of Kids

Podcast the 21st in which Roger and Siân talk about Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids, Siân actually considers the idea of a library not carrying the Harry Potter books, and Roger expresses a strong opinion about vampirism. Books we talk about Lane Smith, There Is a Tribe of Kids and It’s a Book Antoinette Portis, […]

Spring 2015 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Lane Smith

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Picture-book master Lane Smith moves into fiction with […]

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

As I sit here typing, I am staring at a poster for last year’s Caldecott winner, Brian Floca’s Locomotive. Would the committee that honored that wonderful book have given the time of day to the utter silliness that is Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads? Of course, I have no idea. Anyway: new year, new […]

Abe Lincoln’s Dream

First, an aside: I meant to talk about this one in November, but forgot. I forgot because a certain second grade picture book hoarder (she knows who she is) absconded with this and about eight other newish books. So, true to form, I am Down To The Wire on this one. Our second of three […]

Grandpa Green

So, a few of you have chimed in about Grandpa Green and I can see why. The committee will have a ball talking about this book. In order for the story to be fully appreciated, the reader has to read the pictures slowly. Objects morph into other things—tears into garden hose water, bush into cannon. […]