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

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Laurel Snyder

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring 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. Sponsored by Orphan Island has nine inhabitants. No more, no […]

Spring 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Steven B. Frank

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Spring 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. Sponsored by Armstrong & Charlie meet when Armstrong’s parents decide […]

Five questions for David Elliott

“Whaddup, bitches?” says Poseidon at the start of David Elliott’s Bull (Houghton, 14 years and up) a verse-novel retelling of the Minotaur story from ancient Greek mythology that keeps readers on their toes with whip-smart dialogue, narrative double-crosses, changing poetic forms (seven main characters each has his or her own), and, of course, the stormy, […]

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

The Price of Truth

My novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose is a book about a young boy’s 
discovery of truth, his loss of idealism, and his subsequent decision 
to walk away from the system he trusted. The boy’s transformation mirrors my own. I also discovered truth about the system I trusted, and I also walked away from it. But unlike […]

Peter H. Reynolds 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 I was always in and out of Peter H. Reynolds’s store when I was a kid, but back then — half a century ago! — it was a five-and-dime store […]

Chris Raschka on A Song About Myself

In our March/April 2017 issue, reviewer Susan Dove Lempke spoke with Chris Raschka about his free-spirited paintings for a new illustrated edition of John Keats’s A Song About Myself. Read the full review. Susan Dove Lempke: Your free-flowing illustrations are a perfect match for this type of child-friendly poem, which follows a form but seems […]

Amy Sarig King 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 Although there’s probably some contractual brand-management thing going on, I like to think that A.S. King, the author of such deeply weird YA novels as Everybody Sees the Ants, […]

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 Awards 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 […]