June 8, 2022 by Betsy Bird
When artists write picture books and encourage others to illustrate them, what's the reasoning? Today we've a beautiful interview with Eric Fan and Dena Seiferling on their upcoming NIGHT LUNCH and what this collaboration has entailed.
February 11, 2022 by Betsy Bird
Marshmallow Clouds is one of those books that works so effectively for young readers that it feels as though the co-authors (co-poets?) had been honing their talents for kids, specifically, for years. One of those books that will subtly coil its way around your heart, even as you obliviously flip page after page after page.
December 7, 2021 by Betsy Bird
They're beautiful. Sublime. True award-winner quality . . . and they'll get bupkiss this year. Celebrate the beautiful books that don't fit our current Caldecott criteria.
March 4, 2021 by Betsy Bird
This book is an utter joy. One of those titles that lives up to, and then proceeds to exceed, the hype. Heck, I’ll say it. One of the best wordless books I’ve ever read. Full stop. Period.
February 18, 2020 by Betsy Bird
"You have the most to learn from the perspectives that are hardest to find in the world." For today's cover reveal, American Hmong author Kao Kalia Yang discusses the story behind her remarkable and beautiful upcoming picture book The Most Beautiful Thing, and how intersectionality informs her writing.
December 7, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Every publisher that dares to bring into this world a book that either originated in another country or was illustrated by a person who is not a citizen of The United States of America knows, in their heart of hearts, that no matter how grand the book, it will never win the top award for […]
October 23, 2019 by Betsy Bird
Small in the City is not flashy or gaudy or loud. It is quiet and serious and oh-so very beautiful. Beautiful right down to its little paper soul. Once in a while, a reviewer gets to talk about a modern day classic. Today, I am that reviewer, and this is that book.
December 8, 2018 by Betsy Bird
Definition: A "Calde-nott" is an illustrated book for children that is, for one reason or another, ineligible for consideration as a true Caldecott Award contender. Today we pay tribute to the beautiful books from beyond our borders.
December 8, 2017 by Betsy Bird
They can’t win a darn thing, and that’s the truth. Sorta. Each year picture books are considered and assessed by the Caldecott committee to determine which titles are the “most distinguished” contributions to the field of children’s literature. And every year truly beautiful contenders will fall by the wayside, winning nothing. Why? Because when the […]
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