Five questions for Jonathan Bean

Jonathan Bean

Roger Sutton’s five questions for Jonathan Bean, author/illustrator of Building Our House.

David Levithan on Every Day

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From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Christine Hepperman asks author and editor David Levithan about writing gender (and the lack thereof) in his YA novel Every Day. Read the full review of Every Day here. Christine Hepperman: Were there specific challenges in writing a character who is both genders and […]

Ed Young on Nighttime Ninja

Ed Young

From the November/December 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Ashley Waring asks Ed Young, illustrator of Nighttime Ninja, about the inspiration for his mixed-media artwork. Read the full review of Nighttime Ninja here. Ashley Waring: When preparing your collages, do you start with an idea for a scene and find the right materials […]

Five questions for Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin, author of the 2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award–winning The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery (12–16 years, Flash Point/Roaring Brook), is fast emerging as one of the most compelling writers of narrative nonfiction for young readers today. His books, packed with action and drama, combine meticulous research […]

Gary D. Schmidt on What Came from the Stars

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From the September/October issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Deirdre F. Baker asks What Came from the Stars author Gary D. Schmidt about the function of elevated language in the novel. Read the full starred review of What Came from the Stars here. Deirdre F. Baker: For the book’s fantasy elements, you hark back […]

Five questions for Libba Bray

Libba Bray

Libba Bray sure gets around. The last we saw of her she was playing Survivor with a bunch of Beauty Queens (Scholastic, 14–17 years) on a mysterious island; before that she was Going Bovine (Delacorte, 14–17 years) on a crazy road trip across the country accompanied by a dying teenage boy and a guardian angel […]

Jon Klassen on This Is Not My Hat

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From the September/October issue of The Horn Book Magazine: We ask This Is Not My Hat author/illustrator Jon Klassen about his own taste in haberdashery. Read the full starred review of This Is Not My Hat here. Horn Book editors: What is your favorite style of chapeau and why? Jon Klassen: A good old-fashioned baseball […]

Five questions for Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s new book, Chickadee (HarperCollins, 8–12 years), takes place in 1866, a generation after the first three books in her Birchbark House series. Omakayas is now the mother of twin eight-year-old boys, Chickadee and Makoons, but she and her extended Ojibwe family are still living in the Northern Forest and following their traditional, nomadic […]

Phillip Hoose on Moonbird

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From the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Reviewer Joanna Rudge Long asks Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 author Phillip Hoose about the rufa red knot’s current whereabouts. Read the full starred review of Moonbird here. Joanna Rudge Long: Has there been another sighting of B95 since […]

Five questions for Roz Chast

Roz Chast

For more than thirty years, Roz Chast has captured the tiny frights and foibles of modern life in her New Yorker cartoons. In Marco Goes to School (a companion to Too Busy Marco, both published by Atheneum, 4–7 years) she demonstrates, through the first school day of bird Marco, the same empathy for the concerns […]