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Week in Review, January 17th-21st

  This week on January Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Marilyn Nelson about Augusta Savage: The Shape of a Sculptor's Life; 6 YA nonfiction titles for Black History Month; 5 middle-grade/middle-school novels about Black protagonists stepping up; 7 picture books about loving Black families for Valentine's...

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...

Week in Review, January 10th-14th

  This week on   From the January/February 2022 Horn Book Magazine: So Long, Farewell: A Salute to Roger Sutton by Horn Book editors   Calling Caldecott: 2022 CaldeNotts by Thom Barthelmess Dream Street by Michelle H. Martin The 2022 "Books We Wish We Had Time For" List by...

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...

Tu Bishvat is here

In addition to being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday is Tu Bishvat*! The holiday, whose name just means “the fifteenth day of the month of Shvat,” is a Jewish holiday considered the New Year of the Trees.  It’s a day to celebrate all things tree-related. Need a book recommendation?...

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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