Books mentioned in the July 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

5 Questions for Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas written by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm, illus. by Molly Bang, Blue Sky/Scholastic, 5–8 years. Under-the-sea reading for kids In the Sea written by David Elliott, illus. by Holly Meade, Candlewick, 3–6 years. Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems written […]

From the Editor – June 2012

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While Where the Wild Things Are is (arguably? No.) the greatest Caldecott Medal winner ever, the children’s book awards from the American Library Association flourish in their own right, honoring each year’s most distinguished achievements in literature for young people. If you’re coming to the ALA convention in Anaheim, please join me for the Horn […]

June 2012 Notes: Special Sendak Issue

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In this special issue of Notes from the Horn Book we celebrate the June 10th birthday of Maurice Sendak, who died last month at the age of eighty-three. As well as being a master of illustration, Sendak was a great friend to The Horn Book. While he was best known for his picture books, we […]

Books mentioned in the June 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture books Where the Wild Things Are (1963) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. In the Night Kitchen (1970) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. Outside Over There (1981) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (1962) written by Charlotte Zolotow, […]

Two questions for four Fellows

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Last year, I went to Maurice Sendak’s house to spend a day with the Sendak Fellows, four artists who were given time and studios to work on any project they desired, as well as access to Maurice for advice and encouragement. So who better to talk about his legacy? I asked each Fellow “what’s the […]

From the Editor – May 2012

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Our Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards judges (Lauren Adams, Megan Lambert, and chair Thom Barthelmess) will finish their deliberations this month. I will be announcing the winners on Thursday, June 7 at 1:00 P.M. at BookExpo America in New York City. The press conference will take place in the Librarians’ Lounge (Booth #2148), and all BookExpo […]

Books mentioned in the May 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five Questions for Paul O. Zelinsky Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky, Greenwillow, 4–8 years. Perfect animal shenanigans Animal Masquerade by Marianne Dubuc, trans. by Yvette Ghione, Kids Can, 2–5 years. Silly Goose’s Big Story by Keiko Kasza, Putnam, 2–5 years. Ballerina Swan written by Allegra Kent, illus. […]

From the Editor – April 2012

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I’m so pleased to see the “kooky chapter books” Elissa Gershowitz reviews above. First, because they’re chapter books: while there is hand-wringing about the state of picture book publication and The Hunger Games is dominating the media, chapter books—which I define in A Family of Readers as the first place “kids get to be on […]

Books mentioned in the April 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Vaunda Micheaux Nelson No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illus. by R. Gregory Christie, Carolrhoda LAB, 12 years and up. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. MarshalI, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, […]

Books mentioned in the March 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Erin E. Stead A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip Stead, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter, 4–8 years. And Then It’s Spring written by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Erin E. Stead, Roaring Brook/Porter, 5–8 years. Picture books about the great outdoors Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff, […]