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Archives for June 2012

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Jerry Pinkney

In 2010, Jerry Pinkney received the Caldecott Medal for his near-wordless, Serengeti-set retelling of Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse. Guess which of the titles below is his favorite Caldecott-winning picture book. a) Tuesday by David Wiesner (1992) b) The Hello, Goodbye Window by Chris Raschka (2006) c) Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (1998) […]

2012 ALA Round-Up

For those suffering from ALA withdrawal — or envy! — here’s the Horn Book’s take on this year’s events. For even more, check out the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Roger Sutton’s Live Five interviews and blog posts about them—videos coming soon! (We’ll let you know when they’re up.) Profile of Newbery […]

Chris Raschka: The Habits of an Artist

Chris wakes up at five o’clock in the morning and prepares breakfast according to plan: Monday — eggs; Tuesday — cereal; Wednesday — oatmeal. At six thirty he wakes our son, Ingo, and after breakfast they eventually leave the house together. Ingo turns east to cross Central Park to go to school and Chris walks […]

Fun and games for little fingers

Pip and Posy: Fun and Games (Nosy Crow, April) is based on Axel Scheffler’s picture book series featuring the two young friends. In the books, Posy, a mouse, and Pip, a rabbit, help each other navigate “the dramas of toddler life” such as learning to share, coping with “accidents,” and working out disagreements. As the […]

Jack Gantos: Seriously Funny

Jack Gantos knocks people out with his comedy. Literally. I know of two speaking gigs where he has done so. In each instance, Jack was riffing away in the spotlight at the front of a school auditorium, wowing the crowd with a spoken rendition of his short story “Purple” from Jack’s New Power: Stories from […]

Susan Katz on The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub

In the May/June 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, Jennifer Brabander asks The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub author Susan Katz about writing presidential poetry. Read the full review of The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub here. Jennifer Brabander: Which president was the hardest to write a poem about? Susan Katz: James Monroe. The […]

Review of The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents

The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems about the Presidents by Susan Katz; illus. by Robert Neubecker Primary, Intermediate     Clarion     64 pp. 2/12     978-0-547-18221-6     $17.99 In forty-three poems, Katz gives each of our U.S. presidents their due. She concentrates on little-known facts (William McKinley taught his parrot “Yankee Doodle”) but often slips in […]

2012 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

By Shane W. Evans As I sit down to write this, I watch the sun fall below the horizon and my spirits rise. There is the sound of LIFE all around me: birds chirping, the roar of vehicles, the faint exchanges of words between neighbors, and children’s laughter in the air. I am encouraged and […]

A Profile of Shane W. Evans

By Taye Diggs “What are you?” “What?” “What are you? Preppy, er…What’s your style?” “Uh, I don’t know, man…I’m just me.” Those were the words exchanged when I first met Shane W. Evans. It was the beginning of our sophomore year at School of the Arts in Rochester, New York. We were both transfers and […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Susan Cooper

Susan Cooper (winner of this year’s Margaret A. Edwards Award) received the Newbery Medal in 1976 for The Grey King, the fourth entry in her Authurian legend–inspired fantasy series The Dark Is Rising. Guess which of the titles below is her favorite Newbery-winning novel. a) The High King by Lloyd Alexander (1969) b) The Westing […]