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2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Christopher Myers on behalf of Walter Dean Myers

Hey Pop, It’s been a minute since I’ve written you a proper letter, mostly because I don’t know your address or even if they have email wherever you are. When you were around, we’d write each other lots of letters, even if we knew we’d be meeting up for breakfast the next day. It’s still […]

Week in Review, June 17th – 21st

This week on hbook.com… We’re at ALA Annual this weekend! Visit booth #725 on Monday for a copy of the hot-off-the-presses July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards, featuring Newbery, Caldecott, CSK, and Legacy acceptance speeches. From May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50: “Fresh Ginger and Garlic” […]

All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah near Santa Monica*: 2019 AJL annual conference recap

This year’s Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference was held June 17th through 19th in Woodland Hills, CA. That’s in the Los Angeles area, near Topanga Canyon, lots of beaches, and plenty of other beautiful scenery. As a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, I was forced to attend. It’s a tough job. After […]

Week in Review, June 10th – 14th

This week on hbook.com… Welcome to the newly revamped Horn Book Guide Online! June 2019 Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Mariko Tamaki, middle grade and YA for Pride Month, picture books for Father’s Day, and easy-reader BFFs June 2019 Horn Book Herald: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Edition, featuring 5Q for Picture Book Award […]

Five questions for 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winners Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Thanh Rudd

A talented pair from Down Under, author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Van Thanh Rudd are the co-creators of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner The Patchwork Bike (Candlewick, 5–8 years). Rudd’s playful, tactile illustrations (done on scrap cardboard) perfectly complement the childlike sensibility of Clarke’s spare, rhythmic text as the young […]

2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of the 2019 Nonfiction winners here; […]

2019 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of the 2019 Fiction & Poetry […]

2019 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of the 2019 Picture Book winners […]

My friend Susan

We said goodbye yesterday to a friend of mine and of the Horn Book, Susan P. Bloom. I met Susan thirty years ago, when she and Cathie Mercier invited me to teach Simmons’s Summer Children’s Literature Institute. That year’s theme, “Masquerade” was aptly borne out when Susan and Cathie Mercier picked me up at the […]

Five questions for Mariko Tamaki

Charismatic, too-cool Laura Dean is many things — but a good girlfriend is not one of them. Mariko Tamaki (author of Skim and This One Summer, both illustrated by Jillian Tamaki) and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell’s relatable, warm, and witty graphic novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (Roaring Brook/First Second, 14 years and up) follows […]