Butler Bookshelf

We’re eager to read Nelly Buchet’s picture book Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family, with charming illustrations by Andrea Zuill. It’s about what happens when families come together–all the messiness and the joys. For more great reads, check out this week’s Butler Bookshelf below!

The Water Bears
Written by Kim Baker
Published by Wendy Lamb Books
Available now!

Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family
Written by Nelly Buchet and illustrated by Andrea Zuill
Published by Schwartz & Wade
Available now!

A Girl in Three Parts
Written by Suzanne Daniel
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now!

Dirt Cheap
Written and illustrated by Mark Hoffman
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Available now!

The Lucky Ones
Written by Liz Lawson
Published by Delacorte Press
Available now!

Bedtime Bonnet
Written by Nancy Redd and illustrated by Nneka Myers
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Available now!

2020 CaldeNott Results!

2020 caldenott book pile

This past Saturday, a lovely and lively group of picture-book-loving librarians, students, and authors spent the afternoon in mock committee mode. We discussed 14 titles in all, none of them eligible for the actual award, evaluating them against the terms and criteria used by the official Caldecott Medal awards committee. After nearly two hours of discussion, two rounds of balloting, and many cookies, we ended up with a clear winner and three outstanding honor books.

CaldeNott Honors go to:

Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)

Small in the City by Sydney Smith (Neal Porter Books)

Stormy: A Story about Finding a Forever Home by Guojing (Schwartz & Wade)


And the 2020 CaldeNott Award goes to:

The Moose of Ewenki


The Moose of Ewenki by Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, illustrated by Jui Er (Greystone Kids)




Many thanks to Keary Bramwell, for all her work to make the BCLC CaldeNott awards a success, and to the “committee members” for making the awards process so much fun!

Raising Readers: A Review of Mousie, I Will Read to You


Mousie, I Will Read to You
Rachael Cole & Melissa Crowton
Schwartz & Wade Books, November 2018

Young Mousie grows up a reader in this new picture book written by Rachael Cole and illustrated by Melissa Crowton. Mama Mouse takes every opportunity to read to Mousie, from “Long before the words make sense,” to “In the middle of the night,” and “When morning comes.” In this way, Mousie goes from avid listener to a reader himself, choosing his own books and reading them by flashlight after bedtime. The cycle of reading continues as Mousie begins a family of his own.

Digital artwork in soft, primary colors centers on Mousie growing up with his mother and their life together. Small details like background art, book covers, and Mousie’s own toys add to the enjoyment of turning the page. Mousie, I Will Read to You ends with a page of tips for “Raising a Reader,” from Dr. Pamela High of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including ways to make reading together enjoyable and beneficial.