A Profile of Kate DiCamillo

kate with squirrel

Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes: Incandesto is a towering beam of light; Ulysses is a squirrel; and Kate DiCamillo, of course, is a writer of children’s books. “For heaven’s sake,” I can hear Tootie Tickham asking, “what kind of superhero writes?” And it’s true that Kate may not be your typical cape-wearing, crime-fighting […]

Rita Williams-Garcia’s 2014 CSK Author Award Acceptance

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Good morning, family. I am honored to stand before you all: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee Chair Kim Patton and the committee; most distinguished fellow honorees; and all of us joined through our love of books, tolerance, and peace. A certain type of ignorance is truly bliss. I’d been writing for young people over […]

Books that feature poets

The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Recently some friends of mine from Brookline High — Mary Burchenal and Ric Calleja — were interviewed in the Boston Globe about whether poetry is starting to disappear from schools. I don’t really know, but I sure hope not. In lots of classrooms I visit, poetry is certainly a part of the curriculum. But I […]

Bryan Collier’s 2014 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

Knock Knock

I was inspired to create this book by Daniel Beaty’s wonderful monologue “Knock Knock.” His emotional delivery and moving text of a boy’s struggle to navigate his way toward manhood — not completely alone, but without the presence of his father — set the tone for this rollercoaster-like ride that is this boy’s life. The […]

What do I get if I read this?

Girls' bike

Despite a preponderance of research that shows that external motivators do not increase student engagement and motivation over the long-term, it still seems that you can’t find an elementary school where reading is not at some point tied to coupons to free food, stickers, certificates, or miscellaneous prizes. These gimmicks and contests do reiterate that […]

Editorial: Don’t Speak!

Roger Sutton

What’s an award without the occasional scandal to make sure everybody’s paying attention? Marisa Tomei winning the Oscar. Wicked not winning the Tony. Rush Limbaugh being named Author of the Year. That last should not have been a surprise, though. The Children’s Book Council’s Author and Illustrator of the Year awards, part of their Children’s […]

2014 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

Mind the Gap 2014 Awards

Too Grim(m)? Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Better Luck Next Time The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo Didn’t Pan Out Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill, illustrated by LeUyen Pham Have You Seen My Big Gold Seal? Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting, illustrated […]

The Horn Book Magazine — July/August 2014

July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents Features “Caldecott 2014″ by Martha V. Parravano The year in pictures. “Considering the Caldecott, or: Can Twelve Books Win? No.” by Judy Freeman A member of the 2014 Caldecott committee weighs in. “Caldecott Medal Acceptance” by Brian Floca “A Profile of Brian Floca” by Richard Jackson “Newbery 2014″ by Elissa Gershowitz The […]

2014 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announced

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The 2014 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced on Monday. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Kevin Brooks was awarded the Carnegie Medal, recognizing “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for his […]

Thanks for Annie, Nancy.

AnnieOnMyMind

I was very sorry to read that Nancy Garden died on Monday. While she wrote in just about every children’s-book genre there is, it’s Annie on My Mind that made her immortal, and led to her parallel, equally admirable, career as a defender of intellectual freedom in libraries and communities across the nation. The first […]