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2017 Newbery and Caldecott winners

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on January … [Read More...]

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Adolescent lit class begins tomorrow

Lolly’s children’s literature class at the Harvard Graduate School of Education wrapped up in December with lively discussion and debate in their Mock Awards committees, a terrific culminating event. Tomorrow, adolescent lit begins, and we’ll … [Read More...]

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Winning!

If John Lewis (pictured above at the march in Atlanta on Saturday) hasn't made enough history, he is also the first person to win four awards in one day from the ALA: Lewis's book March: Book Three, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate … [Read More...]

On Rudine Sims Bishop’s “Following in Their Father’s Footsteps” (from March 1998)

If you don't already know, the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning at the ALA Midwinter conference in Atlanta. Among the honorees is Javaka Steptoe, who will receive the Caldecott Medal for Radiant Child: The … [Read More...]

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Reviews of the 2017 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary Little, Brown 40 pp. 10/16 978-0-316-21388-2 $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the … [Read More...]

Blogs

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Winning!

If John Lewis (pictured above at the march in Atlanta on Saturday) hasn't made enough history, he is also the first person to win four awards in one day from the ALA: Lewis's book March: Book Three, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate … [Read More...]

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Making a Difference, Week 3

This month we're celebrating people who have Made a Difference through their good work. Each day, we'll highlight a book about someone who has effected positive change, with a roundup on Fridays. Follow the hashtag #HBMaDJan17 @HornBook and … [Read More...]

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Adolescent lit class begins tomorrow

Lolly’s children’s literature class at the Harvard Graduate School of Education wrapped up in December with lively discussion and debate in their Mock Awards committees, a terrific culminating event. Tomorrow, adolescent lit begins, and we’ll … [Read More...]

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What do you think of the REAL Caldecott winners?

So, I bet a lot of you watched the awards live online. If you didn't, here's the link where you can see what happened this morning http://ala.unikron.com/2017/ I'm putting this post up really fast so you all have a place to respond to the winners. … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America

Doing Her Bit: A Story About the Woman’s Land Army of America by Erin Hagar; illus. by Jen Hill Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp. 9/16    978-1-58089-646-7    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-1-60734-872-6    $9.99 In 1917, proper New York City college girl Helen Stevens joins the Woman’s Land Army of America to “do her bit” for the war effort. Her white-linens-and-fine-china farewell luncheon sets the story’s tone, as Helen waves off her mother’s fretting “as if she were swatting a pesky fly. ‘I’ll be … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Busy Shapes app review

Busy Shapes (Edoki Academy, 2014; iOS only) is an engaging sorting and problem-solving app based on the work of education expert Jean Piaget. The app begins with a simple matching exercise: drag a shape to the same-shaped hole and drop it in. These brightly colored shapes represent physical objects such as blocks, sponges, flowers, and buttons. The shapes and holes and appear on a wide range of textured backgrounds, including grass, sand, tile, and wood grain; frequently the next level's … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

2017 Newbery and Caldecott winners

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story … [Read More...]

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Review of the 2017 Printz Award winners

Winner: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp. 8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    g This final … [Read More...]

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Reviews of the 2017 Batchelder Award winners

Winner: Cry, Heart, but Never Break by Glenn Ringtved; illus. by 
Charlotte Pardi; trans. from the 
Danish by Robert Moulthrop Primary    Enchanted Lion    32 pp. 3/16    978-1-59270-187-2    … [Read More...]

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Reviews of the 2017 Sibert Award Winners

Winner: March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp. 8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    g This final … [Read More...]

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Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner: Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    90 pp. 9/16    978-0-7636-7208-9    $14.99 This brisk, episodic (in the best way) chapter … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches

Follow the links below to be inspired, moved, awed, and entertained by the complete 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches (and while you're at it, re-watch the 2016 BGHB announcement with Roger … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom: Author Carole Boston Weatherford’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I could not have written these poems without the ancestors. I call on them again and again, and their spirits continue to speak to and through me. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the … [Read More...]

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Lisa Yee Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Known mainly for her expert (and comic) … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Robin Smith of Calling Caldecott

Since its debut in 2011, The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog has been a destination for picture-book lovers eager to discuss favorite books in the months leading up to ALA annual — and to make … [Read More...]

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Lynne Rae Perkins Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by For the education-minded among you, let me … [Read More...]

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Anne Nesbet on Cloud and Wallfish

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Monica Edinger asked author Anne Nesbet about the narrative structure of her new novel Cloud and Wallfish. Read the full starred review. Monica … [Read More...]

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