About Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is executive editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

Worlds collide

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Readers of this blog will know exactly why I am linking to this month’s School Library Journal‘s cover story: kudos to Brian Floca, Locomotive, and our own Robin Smith!

YA love stories for Valentine’s Day

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Looking to get swept away or to think about love’s deeper meaning? Lighthearted or serious, set in the U.S. or Iran, these four books will leave older YAs breathless for love. For more recommendations, see “What Makes a Good YA Love Story?” from the May/June 2013 Horn Book Magazine. When high school senior Hayley Kincain […]

The Return of Travis Jonker

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Back in early January 2014 Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker filled us in on his preparations for his committee’s Midwinter deliberations. Here, Travis (Michigan elementary-school librarian and author of the 100 Scope Notes blog, hosted on the SLJ website) returns with a brief postmortem. Love his answers, and LOVE the accompanying graphic. Thanks so much, Travis.       1.  How do you feel […]

2014 Caldecott Winners Announced

2014 Caldecott winners

Well, well, well, as Robin is wont to say. In case any devoted followers of this blog missed it ;), the Caldecott winner and honor books were announced this morning, and they are: Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca Honors: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; and Mr. Wuffles! by David […]

Soooo close! But the Calling Caldecott winner is Journey

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  Congratulations to both of these deserving books and their creators! The vote was so ridiculously close that it was almost too close to call: But a winner must be named, because, as I type, the members of ALSC’s 2014 Caldecott committee are gathering in Philadelphia, preparing for their marathon weekend of meetings that will result in the […]

One More Time!

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We promised to post the results of our second ballot this morning . . . but we can’t. A few things went wrong with the voting, including some pretty blatant ballot stuffing. So we won’t show you all the numbers, but we can tell you that once again Aaron Becker’s Journey and Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes […]

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

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In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here. Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject? Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to […]

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Locomotive: Compare and Contrast

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On Tuesday Robin took a second look at Journey and Mr. Wuffles!; today I am grouping another two books with, perhaps, little in common except their excellence, their top-notch production values, their presence on many mock Caldecott winning ballots—and the distinct possibility that they’ll find a place on the real Caldecott table in Philadelphia. Can […]

“Listen, if you will…”

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When the ghost of Jacob Grimm speaks, you’d better listen. It’s a pleasure to listen to the audiobook versions of Far Far Away and the following other books for older readers. Tom McNeal’s novel Far Far Away begins as the lonely ghost of Jacob Grimm arrives in Never Better and meets young Jeremy Johnson Johnson, […]

In which we check in with current Caldecott committee member Travis Jonker

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Time for a reality check, everybody! Robin, Lolly, and I have been immersed in our mock Caldecott world, but in fact there is an actual 2014 Caldecott committee out there ;), feverishly preparing for their closed-door marathon sessions at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, which begins on January 24. Travis Jonker – Michigan elementary-school librarian; author of the 100 Scope […]