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Week in Review, February 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… “Five Questions for Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander” “In Defense of Gentle Men“: Megan Dowd Lambert on Frazee’s farmer, the Steads’ Amos, and more gentle men in children’s books Patrick Jennings Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Finding Spring by Carin Berger Fiction: Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson Nonfiction: Tomboy: […]

In Defense of Gentle Men

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Although I found much to celebrate in the aftermath of the 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, I admit that I sat licking my wounds over one favorite picture book that didn’t make the Caldecott cut: Marla Frazee’s The Farmer and the Clown. I’d given a copy to my eight-year-old daughter Caroline, and my liking […]

Week in Review, February 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine February Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Lucy Cousins, outside-the-box concept books, PB bios about African American music icons, intermediate historical fiction, YA about sleazy corporations Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Count with Maisy, Cheep, Cheep, Cheep! by Lucy Cousins Fiction: I Was Here […]

Starred reviews, March/April 2015 Horn Book Magazine

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The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2015 issue of the Horn Book Magazine: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson (Putnam) Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman; illus. by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown) Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker; illus. by Daniel Salmieri (Balzer […]

From the Editor – February 2015

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The ALA has spoken, and this year’s roster of awards for children’s and young adult books is impressively diverse and Diverse. The forthcoming issue of The Horn Book Herald includes all the lowdown about the Newbery, Caldecott and other book awards announced earlier this month in Chicago — and 2015 Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander gets […]

Week in Review, February 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… ALA coverage roundup ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners From the January/February 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “What Makes a Good Acceptance Speech?” Calling Caldecott: “Live from Chicago! It’s Robin” “Caldecott Award live” “Live from Chicago, cont.” “Caldy swag” “Beekle wins 2015 Caldecott Medal” “Wednesday Morning […]

Goodbye, George

Paul Zelinsky, Roger Sutton, George Nicholson at Elizabeth Law's apartment; photo by Elizabeth Law

Back from ALA to the sad news that George Nicholson, whom I had first met at an ALA, more than thirty years ago, has died. I first knew George when he was publisher at Dell; he later moved over to Harper and then to a successful second career as an agent, at Sterling Lord Literistic. He was […]

Additional ALA Awards 2015

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) • Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (Houghton) • Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine (Random House/Spiegel & Grau) • Confessions by Kanae Minato, trans. by Stephen Snyder (Little, Brown/Mulholland Books) • […]

ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kwame Alexander and Dan Santat on February 2, 2015, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Chicago. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. Sibert, […]

Reviews of the 2015 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Intermediate, Middle School     Paulsen/Penguin     328 pp. 8/14     978-0-399-25251-8     $16.99 g Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy […]