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2015 Simmons Summer Institute: Homecoming

Roger Sutton talks with Bryan Collier.

What an invigorating weekend here on the Simmons College campus, as current students, alums, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, academics, booksellers, book lovers, etc., etc., etc., came together for the 2015 Summer Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming. Some highlights are below, and in no particular order. We know. We tried to make it brief. But we just […]

Week in Review, July 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We’ll be tweeting from the 2015 Simmons Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming this weekend! From the July/August 2015 special awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: K.T. Horning takes A Second Look at 1964 Newbery winner It’s Like This, Cat Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Skunk by Mac Barnett; illus. by […]

A Second Look: It’s Like This, Cat

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In late January 1964, a committee of twenty-three librarians from around the country met in a small room in a Chicago hotel to select the Newbery and Caldecott winners from a group of eligible books that had been published in 1963. In those years, the executive board members of ALA’s Children’s Services Division (now ALSC) […]

Week in Review, July 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2015 Special Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: YA Memoirs” Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld Talk with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Wait by Antoinette Portis (plus her recent 5Q) Fiction: The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly Nonfiction: Salsa: Un […]

Week in Review, July 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2015 Special Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Caldecott and Newbery 2015” by Thom Barthelmess “Coretta Scott King Awards 2015” by Deborah Taylor “#WeGotDiverseAwardBooks: Reflections on Awards and Allies” by Megan Dowd Lambert July 2015 Notes from the Horn Book issue: 5Q for Antoinette Portis, summery picture […]

More ALA 2015 ♥

July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine

In addition to all of last week’s glorious ALA goodies, we’ve got a few more to round up, all posted this week from the July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards: “Caldecott and Newbery 2015” by Thom Barthelmess “Coretta Scott King Awards 2015” by Deborah Taylor “#WeGotDiverseAwardBooks: Reflections on Awards and Allies” by Megan […]

Coretta Scott King Awards 2015

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Some of the most eagerly awaited announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference are the Coretta Scott King Awards. This year, with all the discussion about diversity, anticipation was high about what would captivate the CSK jury. Would previously decorated authors and illustrators receive additional accolades to gild already outstanding bodies of work? […]

From the Editor – July 2015

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I’m just back from ALA in San Francisco (conveniently also home to my two adorable grandchildren), where the term I kept hearing throughout the exhibit halls was narrative nonfiction (last year it was bullying). As is so often true of these trends, the term meant different things to different people, with definitions ranging from “like […]

Caldecott and Newbery 2015

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Handicapping the Newbery and Caldecott awards is a favorite pastime (blood sport?) among aficionados of books for children and teens. We gather in hallways, on blogs, around water coolers, to guess and argue and wonder. We postulate, some of us for twelve full months, until the ALA Midwinter meeting’s Youth Media Awards Press Conference when […]

Week in Review, June 29th-July 3rd

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2015 Special Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Table of Contents Editorial: “What the Survey Doesn’t Say” Profile of 2015 Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat by editor Connie Hsu Profile of 2015 Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander by poet/teacher Nikki Giovanni “Dream Keepers”: 2015 CSK Author Award acceptance speech […]