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I asked Sophie Blackall (Finding Winnie), Bryan Collier (Trombone Shorty), Kevin Henkes (Waiting), Ekua Holmes (Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement), and Christian Robinson (Last Stop on Market Street) to answer two questions and finish one sentence starter.
Today is Christian Robinson's turn to shine. Thank you, Christian!
Mr. Schu: Congratulations, Christian! Everyone loves hearing about THE CALL. What ran through your head when the phone rang? What were you thinking about when the Caldecott committee was clapping for you?
Christian Robinson: Okay, so this is how it went down. I was asleep when the phone rang at about 3:40 am PST. I live in San Francisco. My boyfriend lying beside me quickly awoke to stop the ringing. He's a teacher and is usually up way before I am. Thinking his alarm was going off, he reached for his phone and fiddled with it for a while. At which point I recognized it was my ringtone, which is the Harry Potter theme song. As I reached for my phone, my heart was pounding, sweaty palms, million thoughts racing. It said Boston, MA on the phone so I knew that was a good thing! Everything is kinda blurry after that. I remember trying to sound like a functioning human being, but I’m pretty sure I had that groggy morning rasp to my voice and just kept repeating: "Oh, wow! Thank you! Oh, wow! Thank you."
A few minutes later I got a call from the CSK committee, and after that a call from my agent Steve informing me that Matt had won the Newbery. It was a very good morning.
Mr. Schu: What does the Caldecott mean to you?
Christian Robinson: I love donuts, glazed are my favorite. Being able to make pictures for a living is like a glazed donut. The Caldecott is like sprinkles on top of an already awesome food. This might be the best analogy ever written! What I’m trying to say is that I’m already living my dream, being able to tell stories with pictures and work with kids. The Caldecott is an encouraging stamp of approval that will hopefully allow me to continue doing what I love.
Please finish this sentence starter:
School libraries are a playground for the mind.
Borrow Last Stop on Market Street from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent boookshops.