Author Archive for Casey


Friday, Nov 30, 2018

The next title up for review in ICPL's 2019 Mock Caldecott is Jessica Love's debut picture book,  "Julián is a Mermaid" . Utilizing very sparse text, Love relies heavily on her lustrous illustrations for her narrative. In fact, there are only 92...

Friday, Nov 23, 2018

The next book up for your consideration in our mock Caldecott series is Sophie Blackall's "Hello Lighthouse" .  Following a lighthouse and its keeper through their final years together, this story is quietly introspective, bittersweet and...

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

The first of our Mock Caldecott selections up for review is Jen Wang's "The Prince and the Dressmaker" . Set in Paris at the turn of the century, this graphic novel is part realistic fiction, part fairy tale and wholly delightful. Not only is...

Monday, Nov 12, 2018

In preparation for the ALA's Youth Media Awards librarians and educators all over the country are talking about who could win, in particular the  Newbery and Caldecott . Here at ICPL we like to host our own mini version of the awards in the months...

Friday, Feb 2, 2018

I am happy to present the medalists and honorees for ICPL's 2018 Mock Youth Media Awards. Without any further ado here they are-- The Newbery Medal goes to: The Newbery Honor titles are: Real Friends by Shannon Hale Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren...

Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Last, and last to be published in 2017, but certainly not least in our Mock Caldecott review series is  Here We Are: notes for living on planet Earth   by acclaimed author-illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. Written for his son during the first few...

Friday, Jan 19, 2018

The third installment in a nonfiction picture book series,  Over and Under the Pond , is a delightful exploration of freshwater ecology for young readers. A mother and son spend the day on the water discussing the various forms of life they...

Friday, Jan 12, 2018

Prepare to go on a quest seeking the answers to Marco the fox's world of questions. The journey may be tough, and you may go hungry. But in the end you'll be much wiser, though the questions have changed and many have gone unanswered.  The...

Friday, Jan 5, 2018

This week we are taking a look at Jason Chin's  Grand Canyon .  If you are unfamiliar with Chin's nonfiction works, I encourage you to give  Gravity , Redwoods , Coral Reefs ,  and  Island  a look as well. Grand Canyon  is a fabulous story...

Friday, Dec 29, 2017

Given the current conditions in Iowa City, our next Mock Caldecott review is fitting. It has been almost a year since the publication of Matthew Cordell's  Wolf in the Snow and somehow it remains as fresh and vibrant as it was when I first saw it...

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Casey buys books for ICPL's youngest readers, however, she enjoys reading books of all shapes and sizes. You can find her at the Children's Desk, out and about at one of our area preschools, providing in house programming, and currently working Lobby Grab & Go!