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Week in Review, July 14th-18th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Classic HB from our archives: “The Flat-Heeled Muse” by Lloyd Alexander (April 1965 issue) Read about Mandiba for International Nelson Mandela Day Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara; illus. by the author Fiction: Skies like These by Tess Hilmo Nonfiction: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and […]

Week in Review, July 7th-11th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… July’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book: 5 questions for The Great Greene Heist author Varian Johnson, more middle-school capers, pet picture books, nature nonfiction, and dragons and witches in YA fantasy From the July/August 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “From the Guide: Cultural Diversity in Middle-Grade Fiction” […]

July Notes

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In this month’s Notes from the Horn Book, we chat with author Varian Johnson about his tightly plotted novel The Great Greene Heist — and his favorite heist movies! You’ll also find • more middle-school capers • pet picture books • primary nature nonfiction • dragons and witches in YA fantasy Read the issue online […]

Newbery 2014: The Year in Words

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“You’ve got winner written all over you,” says the Whack-a-Duck man in Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee’s Bink & Gollie: Two For One, winner of the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. “How I love it when little ladies win large donuts.” Kate DiCamillo is having a very good year. On January […]

From the Editor — July 2014

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We lost two significant pioneers of YA literature this past month. When Nancy Garden’s Annie on My Mind was published in 1982, the possibilities for GLBTQ characters in teen fiction changed forever. The book said to gay kids: you are not going through a phase, you will meet others like yourself, you can have a […]

Caldecott 2014: The Year in Pictures

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Welcome to Las Vegas! City of lights, city of sin; of excess, exploitation, and glitter. It may be an unlikely spot for a library conference, but its unofficial slogan makes it an apt one: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I’m referring here not to mayhem and debauchery (although…feel free) but to the famed […]

Week in Review, June 30th-July 4th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… We mourn the loss of Walter Dean Myers. Click here for articles by and about this great author. We celebrate the winners of the 2014 ALA Awards! From the July/August 2014 special ALA Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “A Profile of Brian Floca” by Richard Jackson “A Profile of […]

B: A Profile of Brian Floca

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An editor’s dream — smart authors, smart artists. They save so much time. That is, they’re up to speed without undue heaving or the need for sand on the tracks (see Locomotive for more on the subject). My subject in this tribute is someone who is all three: author, artist, smart. Given a pencil, Brian […]

A Profile of Kate DiCamillo

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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 […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries

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As a new member of a prestigious book award committee, I recently winged off to Vegas to meet my fellow committee members, attend conference sessions, and generally be invigorated by the field of children’s books and the librarians who love them. Leave ALA to Roger and Martha — I was at the Association of Jewish […]