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Archives for June 2017

Lots of ALA 2017 love

All week we’ve been celebrating the 2017 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here’s a cheat sheet to the winners’ acceptance speeches, profiles of them by their loved ones, and more. Caldecott Medal Caldecott Medal Acceptance for Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Silver medals by Martha Parravano […]

Week in Review, June 26th-30th

This week on hbook.com… So much 2017 ALA Awards coverage this week! Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Newbery Medal Acceptance by Kelly Barnhill Profile of Kelly Barnhill by Karlyn Coleman “A Lifeline Called Hope”: Wilder Medal Acceptance by Nikki Grimes […]

Silver medals

Hello, everyone. I’m back from ALA’s annual conference, which began (for me) with the devastatingly sad news that Robin Smith, co-author of this blog, had died, and ended (for me) with the Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder banquet. I will be using this space to remember our beloved Robin in the near future — oh, let’s face it, I’ll probably be […]

Recommended books and articles for Pride Month

Throughout the month of June, we’ve been celebrating Pride Month by highlighting Horn Book articles on queer lives, experiences, and literature. Some brand-new additions to our LGBTQIA+ content from previous years: Pride Month 2017 On Kathleen T. Horning’s “On Spies and Purple Socks and Such” One year later Love stories with Pride Jerry Griswold’s “Outside […]

Reviews of 2017 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2017 winners. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 5/16    978-1-62672-091-6    $17.99 As an (interracial) family of four scrambles […]

2017 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win. Grounded The Airport Book by Lisa Brown Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes Left at the altar The Best Man by Richard Peck Some oversight! Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet Alternative facts? The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge Not […]

I’m rubber and you’re glue

Over on the Horn Book’s Facebook page, there’s an opinion that Javaka Steptoe only won the Caldecott Medal because his father was John Steptoe. When pressed for evidence, the (former, as she’ll tell you) subscriber replied that “the pattern of ALA award committees in the past several years in its selections of winners/honors. Promote diversity […]

Review of Izzy Kline Has Butterflies: A Novel in Small Moments

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies: A Novel in Small Moments by Beth Ain Intermediate    Random    167 pp. 3/17    978-0-399-55080-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55081-2    $19.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-399-55082-9    $10.99 Fourth grader Izzy has her share of common woes — mean girls, school anxiety, auditions for a play, a dad […]

Unprecedented daring: awe-inspiring picture book biographies

Are you a daredevil at heart? Ready to take on a challenge? Are you passionate about causes and willing to jump in when you see injustice, even in the face of possible danger? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you’ll find a kindred spirit in the subjects of these two books. If you […]

Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app review

Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids (May 2017; iOS and Android), by the creators of the similarly titled adult meditation app, is intended for children ages five to ten. (An orientation video for adults demonstrates how to use the app with children and offers some tips for extending the activities.) Tap “Find a Mission” to find […]