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Interviews with writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Javaka Steptoe on Radiant Child

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Lolly Robinson spoke with author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe about his personal connection to the subject of new biography Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read the full starred review. Lolly Robinson: You and your father, John Steptoe, were both artists in NYC when Basquiat was working. Did […]

Five questions for Nicola Yoon

Natasha’s family is about to be deported to Jamaica. It’s a bad time to fall in love, and she fights it mightily. But Daniel Jae Ho Bae is so kind, sweet, and charming, she can’t resist — and neither will readers be able to resist Nicola Yoon’s romantic and multifaceted The Sun Is Also a […]

Mordicai Gerstein 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 Henri Rousseau’s masterpiece The Sleeping Gypsy provides Caldecott and Boston Globe–Horn Book winner Mordicai Gerstein (for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers) with a question: just what is that […]

Melissa Sweet 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 Melissa Sweet has illustrated biographies of a number of historical figures — Horace Pippin (A Splash of Red), William Carlos Williams (A River of Words), Peter Mark Roget (The Right […]

Aaron Becker on Return

In our September/October 2016 issue, we asked author/illustrator Aaron Becker about a possible cameo in his new picture book Return. Read the full review here, along with reviews of the previous volumes Journey and Quest. Horn Book Editors: Is the father in the story you? Aaron Becker: In a sense, yes. But I think I […]

Shaun Tan 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 Shaun Tan’s latest book has an interesting history, beginning when publisher Klaus Humann asked Tan to illustrate Grimms Märchen, fifty stories from the Grimms adapted and edited by Philip Pullman. […]

Jennifer Fosberry 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 Spoiler alert — there’s a woman in the White House. At least there is on the closing page of Isabella: Girl in Charge, in which the popular picture book heroine […]

Five questions for Skila Brown

Skila Brown’s verse novel To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party (Candlewick, 14 years and up) tells the gripping story of the Donner Party’s doomed 1846 expedition west to California. Brown’s narrator is based on an actual member of the group: nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves, who was traveling […]

Mary GrandPré 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 Running all the way back to Neandernardo, Cleonardo’s ancestors have always created great things. But what can she do? Her town’s upcoming Grand Festival of Inventions just might allow Cleonardo […]

Fall 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Kevin Sands

This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2016 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 In Kevin Sands’s Mark of the Plague, apothecary’s […]