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Lots of ALA 2016 love

All week we've been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners' acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Newbery Medal: Matt de la Peña's Newbery acceptance speech … [Read More...]

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Becoming “A Better Witness for What’s Beautiful”: Reading Last Stop on Market Street with Children

Last Stop on Market Street was among my top choices for 2016 Caldecott gold, so I was delighted when illustrator Christian Robinson won both Coretta Scott King and Caldecott honors. And, like many in the room at the ALA Youth Media Awards … [Read More...]

Last Stop on Market Street. Illustration 2015 by Christian Robinson. Photo: Jennifer Buehler.

ALA 2016 on hbook.com

In case you missed it: Jerry Pinkney's 2016 Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award speech and his 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal Acceptance speech: "Drawing My Dream" Sophie Blackall's Caldecott acceptance speech and … [Read More...]

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Profile of 2016 Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña

The first time I met Matt de la Peña, he was sitting at a table in the Random House booth at the 2008 National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in San Antonio. It was shortly before the exhibit hall was scheduled to close, and the … [Read More...]

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The Audacious Choice of Sophie Blackall: Profile of 2016 Caldecott Medal Winner Sophie Blackall

In 1914, Lindsay Mattick’s great-grandfather Captain Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian traveling across Canada on his way to serve in the Great War, stopped at a train station and decided to buy a baby black bear from a trapper on the platform. That … [Read More...]

The 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announcement


Blogs

My view of Orlando

Back from ALA

I’m back from ALA, but I hope that before Conference gets too far behind us that everybody takes a few minutes to read Christopher Myers’ meditation on the killings in Orlando that happened earlier this month. Chris proposed this piece to me last … [Read More...]

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Pride Month roundup

During LGBT Pride Month, we celebrate triumphs — and mourn tragedies — in the LGBTQIA+ community. Here are the Horn Book resources we've shared throughout the month. "Happy Pride Month!" (Out of the Box, June 6th, 2016) "Five Gay Picture-Book … [Read More...]

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Does leveled reading create life-long readers?

Imagine you’re in the library, looking for a new book to read. You see the covers and spines of many books with intriguing titles and related to topics about which you care deeply or desire to learn more. Your excitement mounts as you take in the … [Read More...]

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And now, a word from the “Real” Committee

We are privileged today to hear directly from Rachel G. Payne, coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library and chair of the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee! We're so grateful and excited that she took the time … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome; 
illus. by James Ransome Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 4/16    978-0-8234-3428-2    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3598-2    $16.95 Today’s child may know Louis Armstrong only as the trumpeter of “What a Wonderful World” or as a character in an old movie; the Ransomes’ newest picture-book biography fills in some of the blanks in his childhood and early adulthood. The story is told in two voices and two fonts: a … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Alex Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle app review

A companion to Alex Scheffler’s flip book of the same name, Flip Flap Jungle (Nosy Crow, 2015) allows you to create seemingly infinite animals by combining the top half of one and the bottom half of another. Want to see what a parakeet might look like with four furry legs? Swipe the bottom of the brightly colored, inviting illustration or its corresponding text until you find just the legs you’re looking for. (The leopard’s legs make for a particularly striking combination — the parakard.) … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Shark Week 2016

This week is the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week ("the most wonderful week of the year!"). Take a bite out of this updated selection of shark-themed books, ranging from novels to legends to … [Read More...]

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Transgender lives

Last November Ellen Wittlinger — author of Parrotfish, the first young adult novel starring a transgender protagonist — took a second look at her groundbreaking book and concluded: "Parrotfish Needed … [Read More...]

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Review of Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong by Lesa Cline-Ransome; 
illus. by James Ransome Primary    Holiday    40 pp. 4/16    978-0-8234-3428-2    $16.95 e-book ed.  … [Read More...]

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Review of Grayling’s Song

Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman Intermediate    Clarion    210 pp. 6/16    978-0-544-30180-1    $16.99    g Cushman’s previous works (The Midwife’s Apprentice, rev. 7/95; Will Sparrow’s Road, … [Read More...]

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Review of The Moon’s Almost Here

The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan; 
illus. by Tomie dePaola Primary    McElderry    32 pp. 6/16    978-1-4814-2062-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-2063-1    $10.99 MacLachlan’s … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long

Joanna Rudge Long is a longtime Horn Book reviewer, the former children’s books editor of Kirkus Reviews, and this year's BGHB Committee Chair. (This isn't Joanna's first BGHB rodeo; she previously … [Read More...]

2016 Fiction Award winners extras

On June 2nd, the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston … [Read More...]

2016 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

On June 2nd, the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long

Joanna Rudge Long is a longtime Horn Book reviewer, the former children’s books editor of Kirkus Reviews, and this year's BGHB Committee Chair. (This isn't Joanna's first BGHB rodeo; she previously … [Read More...]

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Joshua Khan 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. When I emailed Joshua Khan to set up this interview, he … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Tim Federle

Tim Federle, well known for his middle-grade novels Better Nate Than Ever and its sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate! (both Simon, 8–12 years), recently published his YA debut The Great American Whatever … [Read More...]

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Peter Brown on The Wild Robot

In our May/June 2016 issue, our editors asked Peter Brown about thematic similarities between his 2014 BGHB Picture Book Award–winning picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and his new sci-fi Robinsonade … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Mordicai Gerstein

Ancient Greece wasn't always so ancient, and sometimes gods just wanna have fun. Using cartoon panels, child-friendly dialogue, and copious humor, Mordicai Gerstein's I Am Pan! (Roaring Brook, 4–8 … [Read More...]

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