Five questions for K. T. Horning on The Jackson 5

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In her profile of Rita Williams-Garcia, K. T. Horning discusses the mutual love she and Rita have for The Jackson 5 — a love Rita infuses into her 2014 CSK Author Award–winning novel P.S. Be Eleven. After all, as K. T. writes, “nothing defined the era during which we [and protagonist Delphine] were eleven better […]

A Profile of Rita Williams-Garcia: Being Eleven

K. T. Horning, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rosemary Brosnan

I first met Rita Williams-Garcia three years ago, soon after One Crazy Summer was published. Prior to that, though, I had known her through her books for many years, starting with her first novel, Blue Tights. It stood out among all the YA novels published in 1988 for its honest and realistic depiction of a […]

Bryan Collier’s 2014 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

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I was inspired to create this book by Daniel Beaty’s wonderful monologue “Knock Knock.” His emotional delivery and moving text of a boy’s struggle to navigate his way toward manhood — not completely alone, but without the presence of his father — set the tone for this rollercoaster-like ride that is this boy’s life. The […]

A Profile of Bryan Collier

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“What color was your day?” Bryan Collier often asks this question during his talks. He asks this of children. He asks this of adults. It’s such a simple yet intriguing question, and I love how it forces me to be more aware of my surroundings, of how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking, to be […]

Angela Johnson on All Different Now

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On this day in 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued — abolition was finally announced in Texas, the last stronghold of slavery. In the May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Robin Smith asked author Angela Johnson about the closing words and image of All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First […]

Harriet fans, feast your eyes

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Fans of Harriet the Spy must click here. Seriously. You will not be disappointed. Thanks to Friend-of-the-Horn-Book Rich Michelson for sharing this special image with us (used by permission of Laura Morehead, another big thank-you). According to Rich: “The story behind the picture is only that it was found among Louise Fitzhugh’s papers. No one […]

Deborah Wiles on Revolution

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In the July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Dean Schneider talked to author Deborah Wiles about constructing the second entry in her Sixties “documentary novel” trilogy. Read the starred review of Revolution here. Dean Schneider: How do you keep the sheer scale of your narrative in control — the documents, the voices, the historical perspective, the […]

Changing Times

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I’ve been writing nonfiction books for young readers, mainly history and biography, for more than fifty years — since the days of typewriters and invented dialogue. Along the way I’ve seen some major changes in the way the historical record is researched, interpreted, and presented. One huge change is the look of today’s nonfiction. Back […]

An Interview with Frances Foster

In the September/October 2003 Horn Book Magazine, Leonard S. Marcus interviewed longtime editor Frances Foster, head of Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  Leonard S. Marcus: How did you come to be a children’s book editor? Frances Foster: I came to New York on the rebound, following a wonderful but unreal […]

Peter Sís on The Pilot and the Little Prince

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In the May/June 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Sarah Ellis asked The Pilot and the Little Prince author/illustrator Peter Sís about his own introduction to Saint-Exupéry’s beloved book. Read the review here. Sarah Ellis: Did you read The Little Prince when you were a child? Peter Sís: I remember exactly when I first read The Little […]