Reviews of the 2014 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins) Against Big Ma’s objections, in One Crazy Summer (rev. 3/10) Delphine and her sisters Vonetta and Fern flew off to Oakland to get to know their mother, Cecile, and learned about the Black Panthers. Here, they’ve returned, and before they even get home to Bedford-Stuyvesant, they outrage […]

Reviews of the 2014 CSK Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty; illus. by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown) Each morning, a little boy looks forward to playing the knock-knock game with his father. The boy pretends to be asleep until his dad approaches. “Then I get up and jump into his arms.” One day, though, and […]

Reviews of the 2014 Printz winners

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 Winner: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook) Sedgwick takes us backwards, first by sixty-year intervals and then by leaps of centuries, in seven short stories centering on a remote northern island and the potent, drug-laden flower that blooms there. Each story begins with love and ends with death, whether of young lovers, parents and children, […]

Reviews of the 2014 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca; illus. by the author (Jackson/Atheneum) Talk about a youth librarian’s dream come true: a big new book about those ever-popular trains from a bona fide picture-book-nonfiction all-star. Striking cinematic endpapers lay the groundwork, describing the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s. Then, in a sort of historical-fiction-meets-travelogue narrative, […]

Reviews of the 2014 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by K. G. Campbell (Candlewick) Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman’s life changes when she resuscitates a squirrel after his near-death experience with her neighbor’s Ulysses 2000X vacuum. Flora discovers that the incident has caused the squirrel, whom she also names Ulysses, to acquire superpowers. Despite […]

Letter to the Editor, January/February 2014

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November/December 2013 Horn Book It was terrific to see Uri Shulevitz’s new book, Dusk, featured on the November/December 2013 cover. What joyous lights gleam through the winter nights as dusk falls quickly! This magnificent book is a wonderful companion to Shulevitz’s Dawn, which, in a gentle manner, paints the coming of light into this world. […]

Books mentioned in the January 2014 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, Knopf, 13–16 years. Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan, Candlewick, 8–12 years. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Atheneum, 10–14 years. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Amistad, 10–14 years. Journey by Aaron Becker, […]

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions

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We’ve asked people in-the-know for their 2014 Newbery and/or Caldecott awards predictions — what do you think will win? Or what do you hope will win? Martha Parravano, executive editor, The Horn Book, coauthor, Calling Caldecott blog: I’m predictably terrible at predicting award winners. My choice almost never wins, and when it does, it’s a […]

The Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2014

January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features 12 Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2013. 23 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Gallery 2013 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. 24 Nonfiction 30 Picture Book 36 Fiction Monica Edinger 52 Books About Africa Showing young readers the real Africa. Columns Roger Sutton 9 Editorial […]

2013 BGHB Videos

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The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award ceremony has been divided into thirteen YouTube video segments. Cathryn Mercier opens the 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony (2:53): Roger Sutton welcomes attendees (4:50): Jesse Klausmeier accepts an Honor Book Award for Open This Little Book (6:45): Editor Victoria Rock for Open This Little Book illustrator Suzy Lee […]