Horn Book Reviews of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

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The National Book Foundation announced their shortlists for the 2013 National Book Awards on Wednesday, October 16th. Here’s how the Horn Book reviewed their selections in the Young People’s Literature category. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt; illus. by Jennifer Bricking Intermediate, Middle School     Atheneum     374 pp. 7/13     978-1-4424-2105-9   […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1980-1989

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1980 DONALD HALL Ox-Cart Man (Viking) Illustrated by Barbara Cooney Like a pastoral symphony translated into picture book format, the stunning combination of text and illustrations re-creates the mood of nineteenth-century rural New England. Economical and straightforward, the narrative achieves a poetic tone through the use of alliteration and  repetition, as in the description of […]

Five questions for BGHB winners roundup

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We’re lucky enough to have all three 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and two of the honorees in attendance for the upcoming Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The colloquium, now in its third year, provides an opportunity to hear winners, critics, and publishers speak about the honored books and children’s books more generally; network […]

Five questions for Jesse Klausmeier

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Jesse Klausmeier received a 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Honor for her debut Open This Little Book (Chronicle, 2013). Horn Book reviewer Julie Roach wrote of this metafictional tale, “Lively art and text come together with clever design to make this ode to books and reading a delight to open and pore over.” We […]

Profiles of Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt’s mother and daughter profile the author to celebrate her 1983 Newbery Medal Award win for Dicey’s Song. by Elise K. Irving When Cynthia called that Monday night, she asked if I was sitting down before she told me that she had won the Newbery. And she was right. It is an overwhelming honor. […]

A Profile of Gerald McDermott

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by Priscilla Moulton The awarding of the 1975 Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun (Viking) concludes a critical period for Gerald McDermott, a  period begun two years earlier when Anansi the Spider (Holt) was designated a Caldecott Honor Book. Gerald then realized that his work as a book illustrator was valued by children’s librarians, […]

On the Rainbow Trail

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by Gerald McDermott I’ve been on a journey past paper mountains, flying men, foolish spiders, talking trees, and the flaming arrows of the solar fire. It  has been a journey of discovery through the bizarre and exotic forms of world mythology. The Rainbow Trail has become a path for my work as an artist. The […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1970-1979

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1970 WILLIAM STEIG, Author-Illustrator Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Windmill/Simon) Sylvester the young donkey was a pebble collector; one day he found a flaming red stone, shiny and round — and quite  unaccountably able to grant wishes. Overjoyed, Sylvester was planning to share his magic with his family when “a mean, hungry lion” appeared. Startled […]

A profile of Marc Simont

by Elisabeth Lansing During the fall of 1940 my mother boarded her parrot with Mr. and Mrs. William Behn in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. Why the Behns consented to shelter this soulless bird is not now clear to me. Mr. Behn is a blacksmith, specializing in quadrupeds. Mrs. Behn is fond of animals, but even she […]

Marc Simont’s Caldecott Award Acceptance*

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*Given at the meeting of the American Library Association, Kansas City, Missouri, June 25, 9957. by Marc Simont When I first received the news of the Award I was stunned. When I recovered from the shock, I did what I believe any other person would have done in my place — I celebrated. When all […]