Archive for January 27th, 2020


by Sam Juliano

The Caldecott Medal winners as well as the Newberys and all the other Youth Media Awards were announced this morning at the convention center in Philadelphia.  Lucille and I traveled down Sunday morning to meet up with friends and to spend time checking out the exhibits.  We ended up at the Hard Rock Cafe to break bread with Brian Wilson and Lee Price.  We left late last night, opting not to remain for the announcements, but were still thrilled to attend for the one day.  “The Undefeated” by Kwayme Alexander with illustrations by Kadir Nelson won the Caldecott Medal. The three (3) honor books are: “Bear Came Along” by Richard Morris and LeUyen Pham; “Double Bass Blues” by Andrea Loney and Rudy Gutierrez and “Going Down Home with Daddy” by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter. (All are absolute masterpieces!!) Only the Gutierrez book failed to receive coverage in my series.  I want to thank all who contributed to the series.  It was by way of social media sponsorship, site page views and comments the most successful of any previous year.  Thank you Jim and Valerie Clark, Ricky Chinigo, Duane Porter, John Grant, Brian Wilson, Wendell Minor, Florence Minor, Raul Colon, Tim McCoy, Frank Gallo, Celeste Fenster, kimbrac, Eric and Terry Fan, Raul Gonzalez, Barry Wittenstein, Peter Marose, Jack Marsh, Frank Aida, Leon Duncon,  Jamiepeeps, Wendy Wahmann, Fiona Robinson, Andtrew Hunt, Ed Spicer, Barbara McClintock, Daniel Minter, Kelly Starling Lyons, Susan Fabricant Hess, and so many others for your support either on social media or at the site, or in both capacities.

Late Saturday night the Director’s Guild (DGA) handed Sam Mendes Best Director for the enthralling WW1 drama 1917 After winning the PGA it is clearly now the film to beat for the Best Picture Oscar. Not remotely rock solid (Parasite is still very much in the game because of SAG) but nonetheless now seen as the favorite. I’ve repeatedly voiced my fondness for the film, counting it as my absolute favorite of all the nominees in any categories, so of course I applaud this development! (more…)

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