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

Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

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School’s First Day of School (Roaring Brook/Porter, 2016) by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, provides a new perspective on the first day of school — that of the building itself. From worry and anticipation to excitement, jealousy, and, finally, contentment and eagerness for the next day, the school’s childlike reactions will be understood by […]

Jewell Parker Rhodes Talks with Roger

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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 While most adults (for now) count September 11th, 2001, as memory, for today’s fifth graders it is history, if known at all. Dèja, whose family has moved from living in […]

John Steptoe’s 1987 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award speech for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

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By John Steptoe First, I want to say how much I appreciate this honor. During the two-and-one-half years it took me to complete Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Lothrop) I often wondered if my belief in what I was doing was justifiable. During those long months I felt I was doing something different, something bolder, something largely […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Christina Soontornvat

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Christina Soontornvat’s The Changelings follows eleven-year-old Izzy, whose family has just moved […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s This Is the Part Where You Laugh, Travis […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Eric Dinerstein

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Eric Dinerstein’s What Elephants Know is a coming-of-age story set in the […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Christine Kendall

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Christine Kendall’s Riding Chance, thirteen-year-old Troy, still “messed up” since his […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Katrina Goldsaito

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by A little boy looks for quiet — absolute quiet — amidst the […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Kate Beasley

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Set in coastal Alabama, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley, illustrated […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: David Litchfield

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In David Litchfield’s The Bear and the Piano, a bear’s musical talent […]