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Interviews with writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Five questions for Nikki Grimes

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

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

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 […]

Patricia Hruby Powell on Loving vs. Virginia

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked author Patricia Hruby Powell about approaching a landmark historical event through a novelistic lens in Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case. Read the full review. Horn Book Editors: Why did you choose to write the Lovings’ story as a “documentary novel”? […]

Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the first African American children in picture books — and his creator, Ezra Jack Keats, author and illustrator […]

Lisa Yee 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 Known mainly for her expert (and comic) takes on realistic middle-grade life, Lisa Yee moves into superhero territory with the DC Super Hero Girls series, part of a franchise designed […]

Five questions for Robin Smith of Calling Caldecott

Since its debut in 2011, The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog has been a destination for picture-book lovers eager to discuss favorite books in the months leading up to ALA annual — and to make their best guesses about what will win Caldecott gold. The Calling Caldecott team is Martha Parravano, executive editor of The Horn […]

Lynne Rae Perkins 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 For the education-minded among you, let me just say about Frank and Lucky Get Schooled that I don’t think I’ve seen more Core Standards introduced in a single book. And […]

Anne Nesbet on Cloud and Wallfish

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Monica Edinger asked author Anne Nesbet about the narrative structure of her new novel Cloud and Wallfish. Read the full starred review. Monica Edinger: I’m really curious about the Secret Files. Were they part of the design of the book from the start? Anne Nesbet: The Secret Files were […]

Foreign Correspondence: An Interview with Deborah Ahenkorah: Torchbearer for African Children’s Publishing

I first became aware of Deborah Ahenkorah a few years ago when I was prospecting the internet for groups working to address diversity issues in children’s publishing. Ahenkorah is the cofounder and executive director of Golden Baobab, the groundbreaking pan-African social enterprise behind the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children’s literature. Golden Baobab not only […]