Happy Birthday, RKOB!

One year ago I wrote my first post, a review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and today, on the blog’s first birthday, here is my 300th post!

Yesterday’s review, A Ball for Daisy, finishes up my Caldecott blitz. I have reviewed all the Caldecott Medal Winners (75 of them!) from 1938 to 2012.

Many thanks to the marvellous Toronto Public Library, without which I could not  have accomplished this feat of fiendishly obsessive behaviour.

The full list of Caldecott Medal winning titles, with links to the reviews, is here. You will find the list, 1. alphabetical by author, 2. chronological by date, and finally (NEW!) 3. grouped by age appropriateness.

This year will see a lot of changes for me, and no small amount of upheaval and chaos, as we pack up and move across the country to Saltspring Island and whatever new adventures await us there.

Posts may be sporadic at times, but I’ve still got so many areas I’d like to explore:  reviewing the Greenaway Medal Winners (I think I’m about halfway through), and going on to chapter books (Newbery and Carnegie titles)… doing more movie reviews, particularly great old movies kids would love… writing more about introducing children to classical music, art, dance, theatre… including more parenting info, research, books, links… and more historical lit commentaries… featuring book recommendations from guest reviewers (kids!) … more and more and more reading and research…

But today … I eat cake.

Cheers, and thanks to all who visit this site!


someone cue the singing fish…

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Hewitt
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:04:00

    Congratulations, Kim! You have a terrific blog. Keep those posts coming.


  2. Donna McGrath
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 15:15:23

    Congratulations Kim on this wonderful blog!

    Your Dad mentioned it on Saturday when he phoned me with birthday greetings.

    It doesn’t surprise me a bit that you’re able to produce such a well-organized, thoughtful and interesting site. I haven’t forgotten that you were one of my top English students. (Oh…so long ago!)
    I will pass this info on to others.
    Donna McGrath


    • Kim
      Mar 01, 2012 @ 08:44:03

      Thanks Ms McGrath… I mean, Donna! (Can I call you that? What’s the statute of limitations on terms for addressing your teachers?) You had a hand in whipping me into some semblance of shape as a writer – I remember toiling over every word in those paragraph assignments … All the best, and a belated happy birthday too!


  3. Brenda Lien
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 09:24:41

    Congrats, Kim! It looks like it’s been a long labour of love. Your commentary is thoughtful and well worth the read.


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