Book Groups

Virtual Class: Mock Caldecott (via Zoom)

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sunday, January 24 • 2:00-4:00pm PT • $20 • Led by Melissa Manlove
Class size limited to 24 • This event is for adults • Zoom meeting ID and password will be provided upon registration

What is a Mock Caldecott?

The Caldecott Medal is the most important award given to illustrated children’s books, presented each year by the American Library Association. This afternoon of discussion (held in small groups in Zoom breakout rooms) will cover the criteria by which the Caldecott committee judges books for this prestigious award, and offers a fun, hands-on experience as we discuss and vote on some of the year’s best illustrated books.

SPACE IS LIMITED TO 24 PEOPLE • PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS

Attendees must complete the reading ahead of time. The reading list is:

  1. The Bear and the Moon (Cátia Chien)
  2. The Blue House (Phoebe Wahl)
  3. Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks (Cozbi A. Cabrera)
  4. The Farmer and the Monkey (Marla Frazee)
  5. In the City (Chris Raschka)
  6. In the Half Room (Carson Ellis)
  7. Julián at the Wedding (Jessica Love)
  8. The Little Mermaid (Jerry Pinkney)
  9. My Best Friend (Jillian Tamaki)
  10. Prairie Days (Micha Archer)
  11. ¡VAMOS! Let’s Go Eat (Raúl the Third)
  12. You Matter (Christian Robinson)
  13. ALSO READ: The Caldecott Terms and Criteria

All books will be available for purchase at Book Passage.  

Melissa Manlove is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for 16 years. Her acquisitions encompass picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and novels in verse. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 20 years of children’s bookselling experience.

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Five Tuesdays: March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8 & July 13, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • Live • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $125

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

March 9
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

April 13
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

May 11
Maud's Line by Margaret Verble

June 8
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

July 13
Real Life by Brandon Taylor

 

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us!

 

 

Class: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics Book Group (Fridays)

Friday, March 12, 2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm


Five Fridays: March 12, April 16, May 14, June 11 & July 16, 2021

Hosted via Zoom • Live • 10:30am-12:30pm PT • $125

 

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Pat is the former book review editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

March 12
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

April 16
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

May 14
Maud's Line by Margaret Verble

June 11
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

July 16
Real Life by Brandon Taylor

 

All titles are available at Book Passage. Please support your local, independent bookstore and buy from us!