Week in Review, August 16th-21st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… From the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Kwame Alexander’s excellent — and timely — CSK Author Honor Award acceptance speech, “A Thousand Winters” 2014-2015 Yearbook Superlatives: Cutest Couple, Class Clown…Biggest Potty Mouth?…and more accolades for some of our favorite characters Ashley Bryan Talks with Roger Reviews of the […]

A Thousand Winters: 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award Acceptance

In Jackie Woodson's Brooklyn living room, "on hiatus from saving the world." Photo: Nataki Hewling

I am a poet. On the morning of the youth media announcements, Jacqueline Woodson and I are texting each other. There is a shift happening in the wonderful world of children’s books, and we feel it, and I guess we want to share that moment. “Jackie, this is awesome, isn’t it? We need to get […]

Week in Review, August 10th-14th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… August’s Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Sonia Manzano on Becoming Maria, more middle-school memoirs, poetry, easy readers and early chapter books, graphic novel fantasy Summer 2015 Board Book Roundup Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora Fiction: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead — plus […]

From the Editor – August 2015

I’m happy to announce that Susan Cooper will be keynoting “Transformations,” the 2015 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, to be held at Simmons College on October 3rd, following the presentation of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards the evening before. Susan, who won the BGHB Fiction Award in 1973 for The Dark Is Rising (and wrote […]

Week in Review, August 1st-7th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Preview the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Starred reviews coming in the September/October 2015 Horn Book Louis Sachar Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins; illus. by Hyewon Yum Fiction: Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee; illus. by Christopher […]

Preview September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine

September/October 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Carl’s Halloween by Alexandra Day. (Very Eventually) the Zena Sutherland Lecture: Jack Gantos ruminates on Rotten Ralph, Ralph Rotten, and “a pair of Jacks.” The Woman Who Drew Narnia: Kirkus Reviews editor Vicky Smith takes us “through the wardrobe” with illustrator Pauline Baynes. Foreign Correspondence: Margaret Robson Kett discusses Kids’ Own Publishing […]

Profile of 2009 Wilder Award winner Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan

By Caitlyn Dlouhy In a recent interview, Ashley Bryan was asked to name a favorite time in his life. Without a pause, he smiled his dazzling smile and exclaimed, “Right now!” At that particular Right Now, Ashley was sitting on a hard plastic chair in a closet-sized studio, portrait lights surely hurting his eyes. Right […]

Week in Review, July 27th-31st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… A week of Brooklyn books and book creators: The People in My Neighborhood: One Author/Illustrator’s Rambles Around Brooklyn by Stephen Savage You had us at artisanal pickles. We got your Brooklyn booklist right here. Brooklynite cover gallery Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!) Step right up and win […]

Caldecott by the numbers: Brooklyn edition (math is fun!)


Inspired by Stephen Savage’s article on Brooklyn children’s book folks, Barbara Genco, special projects manager for our sister publication Library Journal — and a proud Brooklynite — sent us her “very unscientific spreadsheet” of Brooklyn-connected Caldecott Medal winners and Honor winners from 1960-2015. W-O-W. By our back-of-the-envelope calculation (based on an already admittedly unscientific number, […]

2015 Simmons Summer Institute: Homecoming

Roger Sutton talks with Bryan Collier.

What an invigorating weekend here on the Simmons College campus, as current students, alums, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, academics, booksellers, book lovers, etc., etc., etc., came together for the 2015 Summer Children’s Literature Institute: Homecoming. Some highlights are below, and in no particular order. We know. We tried to make it brief. But we just […]