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Monika Schröder Talks with Roger

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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 Wren is new to the town of Pyramid, Michigan, practically catapulted there from Georgia after her father is killed in a plane crash and her mother tries to outrun her […]

Five questions for Vera Brosgol

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Vera Brosgol’s 2011 YA debut was Anya’s Ghost (Roaring Brook/First Second, 12–16 years), a graphic novel about a quirky friendship — between a girl and a ghost. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone! (Roaring Brook, 5–8 years), has a similarly wry and witty tone and highlights a point of view not always seen in […]

How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry – The Zena Sutherland Lecture

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A couple of weeks ago, at a dinner with several poets, one of them said, “You’re lucky, Marilyn: you know how to write poems for the young adult audience.” I laughed and told him he was entirely wrong. I have absolutely no idea how to write for the young adult audience. I just write what […]

A Second Look: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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It was one of those rickety paperback book racks that creak when you turn it. It listed to one side, so I made sure to stand on the side it was leaning away from, in order to see the books better. Spin. Creak. Spin. Creak. I’d read most of these books already. But I had […]

Anna Dewdney, 1965-2016

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We were very sad to hear about the untimely passing of Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama books. Here is her wonderful Fostering Lifelong Learners conference speech delivered in 2013 at the Cambridge Public Library in Massachusetts. “By reading with a child, you are teaching that child to be human…”

Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

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School’s First Day of School (Roaring Brook/Porter, 2016) by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, provides a new perspective on the first day of school — that of the building itself. From worry and anticipation to excitement, jealousy, and, finally, contentment and eagerness for the next day, the school’s childlike reactions will be understood by […]

Jewell Parker Rhodes Talks with Roger

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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 While most adults (for now) count September 11th, 2001, as memory, for today’s fifth graders it is history, if known at all. Dèja, whose family has moved from living in […]

John Steptoe’s 1987 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award speech for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

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By John Steptoe First, I want to say how much I appreciate this honor. During the two-and-one-half years it took me to complete Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Lothrop) I often wondered if my belief in what I was doing was justifiable. During those long months I felt I was doing something different, something bolder, something largely […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Christina Soontornvat

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Christina Soontornvat’s The Changelings follows eleven-year-old Izzy, whose family has just moved […]

Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a first book. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s This Is the Part Where You Laugh, Travis […]