June 23, 2017

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Newbery/Caldecott 2018: The Summer Prediction Edition

Did Betsy drop the ball in her last Spring Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post? Yes, Betsy did drop the ball in her last Spring Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post. Will Betsy do better with her Summer Newbery/Caldecott Prediction post? Yes, Betsy will do better with her Summer Newbery/Caldecott Prediction Post. Back in the spring I ran into a bit […]

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michal Basquiat – 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner

Winner of the 2017 Caldecott Award Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Written and Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe Published in 2016 by Little Brown ISBN 978-0-316-21388-2   Grades PreK – Grade 12 Book Review “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, […]

Video Sunday: Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends

Aww. Didja miss these? It’s not like I see as many videos these days, y’know. Not for lack of interest. They just don’t float in front my nose the way they used to. Fortunately there are a couple that I’ve collected in my travels and I’m featuring them here today. They may be a bit […]

I Could Tell You About the Newbery and Caldecott Committees. But I Can’t. | Up for Debate

The Nobel Prize raises the veil of confidentiality after 50 years. Congress has unsealed the Warren Commission documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Do the Newbery/Caldecott records hide some sort of national security risk that’s not obvious to us?

Why You Don’t Want To Know More About the Newbery and Caldecott | Up for Debate

To a writer or artist like myself, hearing about committee proceedings would only create feelings of self-doubt and raise ‘what if?’ questions. It wouldn’t make non-winners think about what they did ‘right.’ Rather, they would ask what they did ‘wrong.’

Jolts of Thoughts on the Recent Spate of Awards

I’ve been privy to lots of interesting conversations about our most recent ALA winners this week.  And since it’s Friday and we’re all now able to step back and take into account what all just happened, here is a quick summary of some of the discussions, topics, and random facts surrounding the Youth Media Awards […]

And the Winners Are . . . .

In case you missed it, the ALA Youth Media Award winners (Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, etc.) were announced this morning. Best of all, I was on hand to offer Pre-Game predictions and Post-Game commentary. Here are the results. Please note that there is no heat in the room I was commenting in. So if I’m trembling […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2016: Summer Prediction Edition

The Summer Prediction edition of my Caldecott/Newbery ponderings is always a tricky beast.  If the spring edition is looking primarily at books coming out in the spring, summer, and early fall, then the summer edition is looking at almost the entire year. However, at this point I’m still relying more on buzz than the considered […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Final Prediction Edition

And thus, we end. Though, with such a late ALA Media Awards announcement this year (Monday, February 2nd!) my predictions are coming a bit early in the game.  Still, it’s not as though I’ll be seeing much that’s new between now and 2/2.  I have watched with great interest the discussions on Heavy Medal and […]

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Fall Prediction Edition

Why cede the fun to the bloggers at Heavy Medal and Calling Caldecott? according to Betsy Bird. Here are her own predictions for the 2015 awards.

Riding High: Brian Floca on the Remarkable Process Behind His Caldecott-winning ‘Locomotive’

In SLJ’s cover story, we visited Brian Floca at his Brooklyn studio, where the author illustrator shared the backstory of his award-winning picture book Locomotive and what he might wear to the June banquet.

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The ALA Youth Media Awards are announced: Predictions and Reactions

“Well THAT was exciting!,” writes Elizabeth Bird in her recap to the day’s announcements. “Exciting and fun and not a single winner of today’s awards made me bang my head on a table at any point.”

Convention Blues | Consider the Source

The author argues that nonfiction remains marginal–so marginal that neither ALSC nor YALSA seems to notice their bias. The question is, why?