February Notes

The February issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out, headlined by Martha Parravano’s Five Questions for Wilder Award winner Tomie dePaola. Otherwise, we give you a handy annotated list of the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Sibert, King, and Belpre-winning books.

New newsletter and next issue’s stars

The ALA awards edition of Notes from the Horn Book arrives this afternoon—if you’re not subscribed, visit our website to view it online and sign up. If that’s not quite enough to tide you over until the next issue, here are the books receiving starred reviews in the March/April Magazine: Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage […]

>Becoming a Nation of Wusses

>The recent report about the reluctance of high school biology teachers to teach evolution really drives me crazy. Again. I think I am most bothered by the 60% of teachers who weasel out of or around the topic because of fear, not their own convictions. It’s like librarians who don’t buy certain materials because they […]

>Alice McKinley called, and she wants her cover back

> Phoebe Stone’s The Romeo and Juliet Code, which is getting a starred review in the March-April issue of the Magazine, is a book with many mysteries. Not least of which is the cover, left. Call me obtuse, but there’s nothing about that cover that screams or even whispers eccentric, mildly over-the-top tale about a […]

>And slept, on the bus, through the Superbowl

> Back from a weekend in New York–Lost in the Stars at Encores! (terribly worthy and high-minded), Billy Elliot (LOTS of fun) and a double-dip at MOMA with Andy Warhol’s movies and the Abstract Expressionists (my favorite pictured, Jackson Pollock’s Easter and the Totem). I wonder when we learn to be willingly (if grudgingly) edified. […]

In the What Were They Thinking? department…

Jean McElroy’s Let’s Count 123! (Simon and Schuster, May), a pleasant new board book that counts ten of the celebratory objects at a child’s birthday party (“1 cake / 2 candles / 3 party hats”), bills itself as “both chunky and lightweight!” The inside pages are not cardboard but paper-covered flat boxes (I think). So, […]

A story worth hearing

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA will host an event (free with admission) with Jerry Pinkney on Saturday, February 12, at 1 p.m. In “A Story Worth Telling,” the Caldecott-winning author/illustrator will look back on his fifty years of picture book–making—and, of course, sign his many beautiful books. Anybody wanna […]

Snow day confessions

What did the Horn Book staff read during their snow day yesterday? You may be surprised! Roger: I started listening to Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. It’s the first in a detective series set in the 1920s; here our Bright Young Thing heroine the Hon. Phyrne Fisher, bored with London, goes to Melbourne and finds […]

>March/April stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage (Scholastic) Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial) Recovery Road by Blake Nelson (Scholastic) The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone (Levine/Scholastic) Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt; illus. by Louise Yates (Knopf) Amelia Lost: […]

>Shoulda stuck to their guns

>Colleen has a great post up summarizing the drama that’s been going on around Bitch Magazine’s publication of “100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader.” The comments on the magazine’s site are the best–incensed that Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (among others) had been removed from the list because it might “trigger” victims of rape, […]