Authors & Illustrators

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

Jonathan Stroud 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. In The Hollow Boy, the third book in Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series, Lockwood, Lucy, and George are still attacking the Problem: their alternate-world London is being stalked by ghosts that […]

Kidlit cares some more


Recently, as Siân tore her eyes away from Patrick Ness’s Twitter feed to tell us, a whole bunch of people, many of them children’s and YA authors, got together and raised a skyrocketing sum for Save the Children to aid Syrian refugees. Astounding as this example was, it’s not the only case of the kidlit […]

Katherine Applegate on Crenshaw

In our September/October issue, HB editorial assistant Shoshana Flax asked Katherine Applegate about the impetus for her touching new novel Crenshaw. Read the full starred review of Crenshaw here. Shoshana Flax: Which came first: the idea of writing about an imaginary friend or about a boy and his family dealing with poverty? How did one […]

Camp Sendak

Things got a little wild.

When I was fourteen years old, I went away to Camp Tamarack near Hinckley, Minnesota. It was a beautiful place, set along the wooded banks of the St. Croix River. I loved it there. Flash forward to this past July. I’m a man of fifty and I find myself on Scotch Hill Farm near Cambridge, New […]

YA Meets the Real: Fiction and Nonfiction That Take On the World


It began with hot summer nights. It was on hot summer nights — when it was far too hot to go outside, when all I wanted to do was sit under the throttle of a noisy air conditioner — that I got my best reading done as a teenager. There were two kinds of books […]

Lois Ehlert 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. The first book Lois Ehlert wrote, Growing Vegetable Soup, published in 1987, was about a garden, and so is her latest, Holey Moley. It shows readers the life to be found both […]

Reviews of selected books by Jonathan Stroud

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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book One by Jonathan Stroud Middle School      Miramax/Hyperion     462 pp. 9/03     0-7868-1859-X      $17.95 The magicians ruling the British empire in this anachronistic modern fantasy derive their powers from demons — marids, afrits, djinn, imps — who, though summoned to work the magicians’ wills, are always looking […]

Fall 15 Publishers’ Preview: Five questions for Jonathan Stroud


This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2015 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.  Ghost-hunters Lucy, George, and Lockwood return for a third adventure […]

Five questions for Eric Carle


In The Nonsense Show, iconic picture-book creator Eric Carle reveals depths of previously unknown daffiness. A human baby sits in a kangaroo’s pouch, a lion is a people-tamer, a mouse catches a cat. Adults will appreciate the matter-of-fact surrealism; kids will simply find the whole thing a riotous hoot. 1. There’s a true three-year-old’s sense […]

Helen Oxenbury’s 2003 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Illustrator Award Acceptance


By Helen Oxenbury I’d like to start by thanking the Boston Globe, the Horn Book, and the award judges for choosing Big Momma Makes the World for this wonderful prize. It is such an honor. I’d also like to thank my two publishers, Walker Books in England and Candlewick Press here in Massachusetts. And many, […]