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

Updated not-so-new New Yorkers

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We just HAD to update this post to include this beautiful Kadir Nelson cover: Read 2011’s Kadir Nelson Talks with Roger about Nelson’s book Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans and publisher Donna Bray’s 2012 profile of Nelson. There are many more…here are a couple others of note. *    *    * […]

Richard Peck Talks with Roger (Video Edition)

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Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. The Best Man, Richard Peck’s newest novel, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers in September. It was wonderful to have the chance to catch up with Richard […]

Richard Peck Talks with Roger | additional videos

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Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. This is The Horn Book’s inaugural video edition of Talks with Roger, and we couldn’t have asked for a better subject than Richard Peck. We’ve included some text and video […]

Charlesbridge open house

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Thanks, Charlesbridge, for having us over to your house last week. It was fun to poke around your office in Watertown, MA; see original artwork (Gareth Hinds’s Samurai Rising cover art!); eat some snacks; catch up with friends and former interns; and hear from author Paul A. Reynolds (twin brother of and collaborator with Peter […]

Firoozeh Dumas Talks with Roger

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Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Author of the bestselling adult memoir Funny in Farsi and its companion Laughing Without an Accent, Firoozeh Dumas debuts in books for young people with It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, […]

Richard Peck Talks with Roger teaser

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Chris Barton on Whoosh!

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In our July/August 2016 issue, senior editor Elissa Gershowitz chatted with author Chris Barton about his new picture book biography Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Read the full review. Elissa Gershowitz: What is one of the challenges and/or rewards of writing a picture-book biography of a contemporary figure? Chris Barton: One big reward […]

Five questions for Lauren Wolk

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When twelve-year-old Annabelle’s small town is terrorized by a series of vicious attacks, many townsfolk blame World War I veteran and vagabond Toby. Only Annabelle knows that new girl Betty is actually responsible for the cruelty. Adult author and poet Lauren Wolk makes her (stunning!) middle-grade debut with the powerful historical novel Wolf Hollow (Dutton, […]

The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day

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In the spring of 1940, twenty-four-year-old Ezra Jack Keats cut a series of black-and-white photographs out of Life magazine. The four photos showed a small African American boy in Liberty County, Georgia, reacting to a blood test being administered by a public health nurse. Prior to the test, he looked happy and trusting. Afterwards, he […]

Five questions for Elizabeth Wein

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As two-time Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree Elizabeth Wein reminds us below, a page-turner isn’t necessarily about plot twists and cliffhangers. For more books you can’t put down, see our 2016 Summer Reading recommendations. 1. Your books give readers the impulse to both turn pages quickly (what’s going to happen?!) and linger on the descriptions. How […]