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Interviews with writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz Talks with Roger

Benjamin Alire Saenz

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

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Tom Angleberger Talks with Roger

Photo: Chad Beckerman

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 honestly thought I left comic books behind fifty years ago, but my life — and I presume yours — is more filled with them now than ever. Would young […]

Fascinating: 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

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The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2017 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops and follow the Association of Jewish Library’s blog. Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy is a warm, personal picture-book biography written by the late actor/photographer’s close friend and gallerist Richard […]

Five questions for Nikki Grimes

Photo: Aaron Lemen

Last month at ALA Midwinter, Nikki Grimes was announced as winner of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children,” the latest honor in a long career that spans poetry, chapter books, picture books, novels, and more (she’s also a photographer, performer, and textile and jewelry artist!). […]

Jon Agee on Life on Mars

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In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked author/illustrator Jon Agee about parallels between his 2015 BGHB Honor book It’s Only Stanley and his latest, Life on Mars. Read the full starred review. Horn Book editors: Is this the same (out-of-this) world as It’s Only Stanley? Jon Agee: Yes, sort of. Both books are about […]

Five Questions for Coretta Scott King Jury Member Martha V. Parravano

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1. You are not new to committee life (Newbery, Boston Globe–Horn Book, LA Times Book Prize, Wilder). What is unique about the CSK? MVP: My CSK jury service has so far been very much like the other committees I’ve served on: we set out to identify and recognize the very best in books for children […]