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Authors & Illustrators

Biographical information about writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Francisco X. Stork Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In Disappeared, brother and sister Emiliano, a high school student, and Sara, a young newspaper reporter, respectively, alternate their voices to relate this moral thriller set in contemporary Juárez, Mexico. […]

Philip & Erin Stead Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by An unpublished bedtime story by Mark Twain? Not exactly. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is based on some notes Twain made on a story he was telling his daughters. While […]

To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Salutations! I am honored to be here with all of you. I never met Zena Sutherland, but she’s been described as “short and feisty,” and I like short and feisty women, especially, as in Zena’s case, ones with passion and panache. When Zena was offered the job to become editor and sole reviewer for the […]

Five questions for Deborah Noyes

In The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead (Viking, 11–14 years), Deborah Noyes homes in on the Spiritualist movement during the turn of the twentieth century (think séances, spirit photography, ectoplasm, etc.) — and on Harry Houdini’s efforts to debunk its claims. 1. What drew you […]

Ryan T. Higgins Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Mother Bruce, not to mention his creator, Ryan T. Higgins, had no idea he would be starring in a series of picture books, but he is probably grumpy about that. […]

Horn Book Magazine covers by BGHB winners and honorees

The Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. Beginning in 2000, the January/February issue of The Horn Book Magazine has typically featured art by one of the previous year’s winners/honorees; we’ve collected these special covers below. For much more on the awards’ fifty-year […]

Jon J Muth Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by If there’s anyone who could bring out the Zen in car racing, I suppose it could be Jon J Muth (Zen Shorts, Zen Socks, Zen Ties…). And in Mama Lion […]

BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the second in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving, Tim […]

Five Questions for Michelle Cuevas

This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Having a black hole named Larry for a […]

Five Questions for Shelley Johannes

This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by For Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, physical inversion […]