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A Summer 2022 Newbery/Caldecott Check In

A peek at the 2022 Mock Newbery and Caldecott lists on Goodreads.

Your Fall Newbery/Caldecott 2021 ‘Hey, Keep an Eye Out’ Lists

Checking in on potential Newbery/Caldecott contenders on Goodreads.

Lone Wolves Update: How Many Caldecott Winners Have One Creator?

Diving back into the data about Caldecott winning books made by author/illustrators.

2020 Caldecott Medal Predictions

Which books will win Caldecott? Here are my predictions.

Books On Film: Back in the Day with the Newbery and Caldecott

Aww, yeah – how’s that for a screencap? Don’t rub your eyes – you’re not watching C-SPAN2 in the year 2000 (wildest dreams just don’t come true that easily). It’s video of the 2000 Newbery/Caldecott Medal announcement. 2000 isn’t that far back, so it’s interesting to see the differences between these fairly calm “ALA Book […]

The 2013 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

The biggest awards in Children’s literature have been doled out, let’s take a look at the three categories nearest and dearest to me. Click here for video of the awards. Newbery Medal: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Honor: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz Honor: BOMB by Steve Sheinkin Honor: Three […]

Erin E. Stead and Chris Raschka: A Caldecott Conversation

How better to get acquainted with the Caldecott Medal than through two artists who have won it? Last year, in the first Caldecott Conversation, Erin E. Stead and Jerry Pinkney talked shop. Today, the conversation continues as Stead and Chris Raschka (the 2012 Caldecott winner for A Ball for Daisy) interview each other. Erin E. […]

2013 Mock Caldecott Results

It started with two schools, 16 of the best picture books of the year, and around 200 eager second-grade students. And a RAV4 (for me to ship books between schools). Over the course of 5 weeks students read all of the candidates and voted on their favorites, based on a simplified version of the Caldecott […]

The Caldecott Medal Infographic

You’ve seen infographics, right? Those visual representations of information that seem to be popping up everywhere on the internet? While I’ve seen some about books and reading, I’ve yet to see a children’s literature-specific infographic. So I decided to fire up www.easel.ly and give it a shot. So here we have the world’s first Caldecott […]

Books on Film: 2012 Newbery & Caldecott Speeches

While the Newbery and Caldecott awards are announced in winter (January, usually), the recipients don’t get their medals and deliver their acceptance speeches until the ALA Annual Convention in summer (June, typically). In the past, if you weren’t in the room for the speeches, there was no way to see them. Sure, you could read […]

The 2012 Newbery, Caldecott, and Geisel: Winners and Reactions

The 2012 Youth Media Awards have been bestowed. Let’s chat about the categories that are nearest and dearest to me. Newbery Medal: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos Newbery Honor: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Newbery Honor: Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin Who knew what was going to happen here? […]

Coming Soon: 100 Scope Notes Caldecott Week

Every so often I like to stop rubbernecking at every children’s lit tidbit that comes in my field of vision and focus my efforts on one topic. It’s time to put on the blinders for 100 Scope Notes Caldecott Week, running next week, December 5-9. Here’s the schedule of events: Monday-Friday, Dec. 5-9:  I attempt […]