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Interviews

Interviews with writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

Peter H. Reynolds 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 I was always in and out of Peter H. Reynolds’s store when I was a kid, but back then — half a century ago! — it was a five-and-dime store […]

Chris Raschka on A Song About Myself

In our March/April 2017 issue, reviewer Susan Dove Lempke spoke with Chris Raschka about his free-spirited paintings for a new illustrated edition of John Keats’s A Song About Myself. Read the full review. Susan Dove Lempke: Your free-flowing illustrations are a perfect match for this type of child-friendly poem, which follows a form but seems […]

Amy Sarig King 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 Although there’s probably some contractual brand-management thing going on, I like to think that A.S. King, the author of such deeply weird YA novels as Everybody Sees the Ants, […]

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education) began documenting the numbers of children’s books by African American authors and illustrators in 1985 — when then–CCBC director Ginny Moore Kruse, serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury, learned that of the approximately 2500 trade books […]

Benjamin Alire Sáenz 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 Vicente is the only parent Sal(vador) has ever known. Sal’s biological father is a mystery; his mother, Alexandra, died when Sal was three; Vicente was his mom’s best friend. But […]

Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang, graphic novelist and the Library of Congress’s 2016–2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has initiated a challenge to us all. Its rules are simple: read one book whose main character “doesn’t look like you or live like you”; OR read one book “about a topic you don’t know much about”; OR […]

Kenn Nesbitt on One Minute till Bedtime

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked poet and selector Kenn Nesbitt about the wide (and somewhat surprising) range of contributors to his new anthology One Minute till Bedtime. Read the full review. Horn Book editors: Not everyone in the collection is someone you’d necessarily think of as a poet. How did you select […]

Five questions for Cynthia Levinson

In 2012, Cynthia Levinson published We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. In telling the larger story of the civil rights movement, she focused on the lives and work of four African American young people. One of those people was Audrey Faye Hendricks, who at the age of nine was arrested as part […]

Angie Thomas on The Hate U Give

In our March/April 2017 issue, assistant editor Shoshana Flax asked author Angie Thomas about the timeliness of her important novel The Hate U Give. Read the full starred review. Shoshana Flax: The book feels very, tragically up-to-the-minute. How far into the editorial process were you making changes based on current events? Angie Thomas: I tried […]