Three articles about making picture books

March/April 1998 Horn Book Magazine

The additional reading for our first class comes from Horn Book Magazine‘s classic 1998 special issue on picture books. After you’ve read them, please come back to this post to comment. And as always, I hope this discussion will include more than just my students! The articles in question are “The Words” by Charlotte Zolotow […]

Studio Views: Pen, Ink, Watercolor, Repeat

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I began my illustration career with black and white work. I was much more of a drawer than a painter, much more comfortable with line than with color. One of the things that attracted me to the combination of pen-and-ink and watercolor back then was that watercolor’s transparency allowed me to create color pieces while […]

Five questions for Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson is an acclaimed author and poet whose numerous contributions to children’s and young adult literature include Carver: A Life in Poems (Front, 13–16 years); A Wreath for Emmett Till (illus. by Philippe Lardy; Houghton, 13–16 years); and Freedom Business: Including a Narrative of the Life & Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa […]

Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

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In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here. Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject? Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to […]

One question for eight people: the Newbery/Caldecott edition of Five Questions

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We’ve asked people in-the-know for their 2014 Newbery and/or Caldecott awards predictions — what do you think will win? Or what do you hope will win? Martha Parravano, executive editor, The Horn Book, coauthor, Calling Caldecott blog: I’m predictably terrible at predicting award winners. My choice almost never wins, and when it does, it’s a […]

A great choice

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  Kate DiCamillo is a great choice for National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Personable, thoughtful, respected by critics and loved by young readers.           Her The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane won the 2006 Boston-Globe Horn Book Award; I’ve always thought the only thing that stood between it and Newbery recognition […]

Hand in Hand: Author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Hand in Hand

Anyone who has dared to reach for a far-off horizon knows what it takes. It takes a mighty pair of hands to craft a chain, build a bridge, make a change. It takes a mighty pair of hands to seize an opportunity. To grab a ball and run with it. To hold on tight as […]

Dreaming Up: Author/Illustrator Christy Hale’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

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Many summers ago I studied painting in Barcelona. I visited several Antoni Gaudí buildings but was awestruck by La Sagrada Família. The fluid, twisting turrets were unlike anything I’d ever seen — except maybe a sandcastle. Gaudí’s work is as playful and exuberant as a child’s. Dreaming Up is my celebration of the ways that […]

Black Dog: Author/Illustrator Levi Pinfold’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Hello. This is me speaking, but it is not me speaking. As you have likely been informed of this fact beforehand, I realize I have no need to explain that I am not here. However, I thought I would double-check just in case anyone thought I was someone else. Which I am not. But I […]

Open This Little Book: Illustrator Suzy Lee’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Publisher Victoria Rock, on behalf of Suzy Lee: Suzy recently made the long journey from Seoul, Korea, to the United States to participate in the National Book Festival in Washington, DC — in fact, the poster for the festival this year features a painting of Suzy’s that is based on the closing image in Open […]