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, […]

Sergio Ruzzier on Two Mice

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In our September/October issue, HB Mag editor Martha Parravano asked Sergio Ruzzier about choosing the perfect trim size for Two Mice. Read the full starred review of Two Mice here. Martha Parravano: Two Mice has an unusually small trim size. (Of course, it doesn’t have many words, either.) What was your thinking behind that decision? […]

Kidlit cares

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On Thursday, September 3, Patrick Ness started a fundraiser to help alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. With all donations going to Save the Children, he was hoping to reach £10,000 — at which point he would match the donations with another £10,000. £10,000 was reached. Then John Green said he would match the next £10,000. […]

On crossing over: straight from the horses’ mouths


Why do some authors “cross over” from writing adult to children’s books or children’s to adult? To find out, we went straight to the source. Shopaholic series author Sophie Kinsella (“The Queen of Romantic Comedy”), author of Finding Audrey — her first YA! — graciously submitted to our Five Questions treatment (sad to say she’s […]

Five questions for Sophie Kinsella: Crossover Week edition

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Sophie Kinsella, author of the Shopaholic series for adults, is known as “The Queen of Romantic Comedy.” Her new book, Finding Audrey, is her first foray into YA territory…and it’s a good one. Kinsella graciously submitted to The Horn Book’s Five Questions treatment during Crossover Week. 1. Your portrayal of anxiety disorders is so vivid […]

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

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The line between adult literature and YA is definitely bendy and sometimes more a “smudge” than a “line” (and then there’s that whole New Adult thing — remember that?). Not only are there great numbers of books that have been published for one community of readers and then been adopted by the other, there are […]

Crossover authors, pt. 2


Yesterday we started a rundown of authors who write for both young readers and adult audiences. Here we’re continuing the loooong list — but despite its length, it’s far from exhaustive, so let us know about any favorites we missed in the comments! Gregory Maguire’s adult books don’t stray far from the world of children’s […]

What ELSE do you do?: five questions for Deborah Taylor

Deborah Taylor is third from the left in this 2014 photo of the "Cincy Gang." Photo by Alison Dougherty Berkowitz

This series of interviews debuted last spring with five questions for author T.A. Barron; now I’m following it up with five more for one of my favorite librarians, Deborah Taylor, coordinator of school and student services for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Deb and I have been friends for more than thirty years since […]