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Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference

Kazia Berkley-Cramer, ribbon model. Photo: Elissa Gershowitz

What a fantastic, productive time we had at ALA Midwinter 2016. How nice that it was in our own backyard, Boston, and even nicer that it didn’t snow — though Cali boy Mac Barnett was still cold, despite natty inside-hat-and-scarf. We drank a little champagne and a lot of coffee, ate franks at Fenway, posed […]

ALA Awards 2016: 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 Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street and Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie on January 11, 2016, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Boston. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta […]

Reviews of the 2016 Sibert Award winners

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Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate Abrams 40 pp. 8/15 978-1-4197-1647-8 $18.95 Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four years […]

Reviews of the 2016 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner: The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna; illus. by the author; trans. from the French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick Primary     Enchanted Lion     44 pp. 9/15     978-1-59270-180-3     $18.95 After Eddie overhears her sister say “birthday—Mommy—fuzzy—little—squishy,” she frets, “She’s going to give Mom the most amazing present!” Eddie scours her neighborhood–portrayed in sweeping detail in […]

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Music by Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael López Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99 A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums. […]

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Author Award winners

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Winner: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle Middle School   Atheneum   195 pp. 8/15   978-1-4814-3522-2   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-3524-6   $10.99 Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own […]

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier Primary   Abrams   40 pp. 4/15   978-1-4197-1465-8   $17.95 In New Orleans parlance, “Where y’at?” means “hello.” As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable 
autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on […]

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia Intermediate, Middle School   Amistad/HarperCollins   291 pp. 4/15   978-0-06-221587-1   $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-06-221588-8   $17.89   g e-book ed. 978-0-06-221590-1   $9.99 Williams-Garcia says goodbye to the Gaither family (One Crazy Summer, rev. 3/10; P. S. Be Eleven, rev. 5/13) in this involving and emotional concluding installment. It’s been a year […]

Reviews of the 2016 Printz Award winners

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Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby High School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   353 pp. 3/15   978-0-06-231760-5   $17.99 Finn has always been considered a little strange, and now that Roza has disappeared, his small town of Bone Gap holds him responsible. Finn alleges that she was kidnapped, but he cannot offer up a useful description of the […]

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian Robinson Primary     Putnam     32 pp. 1/15     978-0-399-25774-2     $16.99 CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we don’t got […]