Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries

AllofaKind

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 […]

Rita Williams-Garcia’s 2014 CSK Author Award Acceptance

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Good morning, family. I am honored to stand before you all: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee Chair Kim Patton and the committee; most distinguished fellow honorees; and all of us joined through our love of books, tolerance, and peace. A certain type of ignorance is truly bliss. I’d been writing for young people over […]

July kidlit events

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Summer reading events abound and many museums offer free admission — make the most of your July with these great events in and around Boston! See our monthly event calendar or click on the event links below for all the details. The Shrewsbury Public Library will host its annual Summer Reading Carnival with author and […]

A Profile of Rita Williams-Garcia: Being Eleven

K. T. Horning, Rita Williams-Garcia, Rosemary Brosnan

I first met Rita Williams-Garcia three years ago, soon after One Crazy Summer was published. Prior to that, though, I had known her through her books for many years, starting with her first novel, Blue Tights. It stood out among all the YA novels published in 1988 for its honest and realistic depiction of a […]

Bryan Collier’s 2014 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

Knock Knock

I was inspired to create this book by Daniel Beaty’s wonderful monologue “Knock Knock.” His emotional delivery and moving text of a boy’s struggle to navigate his way toward manhood — not completely alone, but without the presence of his father — set the tone for this rollercoaster-like ride that is this boy’s life. The […]

Week in Review, June 23rd – 27th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… At the ALA Annual Conference in Vegas? Come by booth #829 to say hi! From the July/August 2014 special ALA Awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Editorial: “Don’t Speak!“ Roger questions ALSC’s new confidentiality policy — and ALSC President Starr LaTronica responds. What are your thoughts? The 2014 Mind the […]

A Profile of Bryan Collier

Laban Carrick Hill, Alvina Ling, Bryan Collier

“What color was your day?” Bryan Collier often asks this question during his talks. He asks this of children. He asks this of adults. It’s such a simple yet intriguing question, and I love how it forces me to be more aware of my surroundings, of how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking, to be […]

2014 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals announced

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The 2014 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced on Monday. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Kevin Brooks was awarded the Carnegie Medal, recognizing “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for his […]

Week in Review, June 16th-20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Freedom Summer Reading 2014 Summer Reading Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom written by Angela Johnson; 
illus. by E. B. Lewis — plus a Q&A for the author here Fiction: Chasing the Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton Nonfiction: A Pond Full […]

Week in Review, June 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The Fault in Our Stars movie review Remembering publisher Frances Foster “Changing Times“: Russell Freedman’s Kerlan Award acceptance speech June Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Don Mitchell, Freedom Summer and Black History, bedtime books, wacky intermediate sci-fi, and middle-school graphic novels 2014 Summer Reading Reviews of the Week: […]