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Authors & Illustrators

Biographical information about writers and illustrators of books for young people.

The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (a research library of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education) began documenting the numbers of children’s books by African American authors and illustrators in 1985 — when then–CCBC director Ginny Moore Kruse, serving on the Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury, learned that of the approximately 2500 trade books […]

Benjamin Alire Sáenz 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 Vicente is the only parent Sal(vador) has ever known. Sal’s biological father is a mystery; his mother, Alexandra, died when Sal was three; Vicente was his mom’s best friend. But […]

Kate DiCamillo gives a lecture, answers a billion questions from kids, and signs until the cows come home

If you’ve never been to a Kate DiCamillo author event, you may have never experienced anything like it. Rock star, schmock star — the immediate past National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is her own brand of celebrity, beloved by children everywhere, not least the approximately one billion who attended the inaugural annual Margret and […]

Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang, graphic novelist and the Library of Congress’s 2016–2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has initiated a challenge to us all. Its rules are simple: read one book whose main character “doesn’t look like you or live like you”; OR read one book “about a topic you don’t know much about”; OR […]

Kenn Nesbitt on One Minute till Bedtime

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked poet and selector Kenn Nesbitt about the wide (and somewhat surprising) range of contributors to his new anthology One Minute till Bedtime. Read the full review. Horn Book editors: Not everyone in the collection is someone you’d necessarily think of as a poet. How did you select […]

Five questions for Cynthia Levinson

In 2012, Cynthia Levinson published We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March. In telling the larger story of the civil rights movement, she focused on the lives and work of four African American young people. One of those people was Audrey Faye Hendricks, who at the age of nine was arrested as part […]

Angie Thomas on The Hate U Give

In our March/April 2017 issue, assistant editor Shoshana Flax asked author Angie Thomas about the timeliness of her important novel The Hate U Give. Read the full starred review. Shoshana Flax: The book feels very, tragically up-to-the-minute. How far into the editorial process were you making changes based on current events? Angie Thomas: I tried […]

Paula Fox (1923–2017)

We were saddened to hear about the death of Paula Fox. The author, a novelist of uncommon insight into the human condition, died March 1, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York. She was ninety-three. In addition to her adult novels, she wrote more than twenty books for young people, including One-Eyed Cat, a 1985 Newbery Honor […]

Nancy Willard (1936–2017)

We were sad to hear about the death of Nancy Willard. Willard, whose 1981 book of poetry A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers broke ground by winning both the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor (for Alice and Martin Provensen) in the same year, died February 19, 2017, in […]

BGHB at 50: Unleaving

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the first in the series; further installments will appear in the Horn Book Magazine and on hbook.com throughout 2017. I first encountered […]