Fuse 8 n’ Kate: 2020 Caldecott Contenders
If you get your kicks out of Kate and I disagreeing about books, today’s episode may not be for you. Each year I present Kate with 2-3 Caldecott contenders. Which is to say, we discuss books that may or may not win the Caldecott Award (which will be handed out a week from today on Monday, January 27th here at 8:00 ET), giving us a chance to discuss the art and, to a lesser extent, the books’ chances. There were actually a fair number I wasn’t able to get my hands on for today’s recording, but happily two of my favorites WERE available!
When discussing the idea of opening the Newbery and Caldecott Awards to artists from other countries the articles I referred to include Leonard Marcus’s piece in the New York Times, The Caldecott Medal Needs an International Makeover, and the Horn Book editorial Bordering On the Absurd by Martha Parravano
This is the shirt Kate WANTS. I think I need to find it for her. If any of you have any leads, you know where to find me.
This man does chickens better than anyone else has ever done chickens. “These are like Slovakian Easter eggs.”
And this is the spread that just blew Kate away.
That final image of the matriarch of the family, man. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Then we turn our attention to Brendan Wenzel’s book. And when it comes to Kate’s tattoo competitors, there are two major ones. It’s either gonna be the chipmunk . . .
. . . or the owl!
Kate named the one on the left Billy and the one on the right “Billy’s brother”. Hashtag #ImwithBilly
This is my theory of what this bug is. I think it’s a clover mite. And until today, I never quite knew their name.
You can read my official review of Going Down Home With Daddy here.
You can read my Caldecott thoughts on A Stone Sat Still here.
Finally, here’s the Lisa Brown book I was talking up. For your literary adult friends.
About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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