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Reviews of the 2017 CSK Author Award winners

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Winner March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School Top Shelf Productions 254 pp. 8/16 978-1-60309-402-3 $19.99 g This final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights movement: the 1963 bombing […]

Reviews of the 2017 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Intermediate, Middle School Algonquin 388 pp. 8/16 978-1-61620-567-6 $16.95 Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch — a witch no […]

Reviews of the 2017 Caldecott Award winners

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Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 10/16    978-0-316-21388-2    $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in this […]

Week in Review, January 16th – 20th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… The 2017 Calling Caldecott winners are here! Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017 Making a Difference, Week 3 Letter to the Editor from Tracy Aitken, January/February 2017, and Response from Roger Sutton Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies Fiction: Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin; trans. […]

Week in Review, January 9th-13th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Big news: 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and Sydney Taylor Book Awards announced Calling Caldecott’s Mock Caldecott voting process began this week! See the results of the initial ballot, and vote now in round 2! January’s Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Andrea Davis Pinkney, snowy-day picture books, […]

2017 Sydney Taylor Book Awards announced

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The winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Awards are: For Younger Readers: I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (Simon) For Older Readers: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz; with illustrations by Hatem Aly (Dutton) Read Fall 2016 […]

From the Editor – January 2017

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It is ALA awards month, and I hope you can join us at the association’s Midwinter Conference in Atlanta, January 20th through 24th. The Horn Book will be at booth #2117 in the exhibit hall, and executive editor Martha V. Parravano and I will be making the rounds and picking up the gossip. (Unfortunately, MVP […]

Week in Review, January 2nd-6th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… January/February 2017 Horn Book Magazine Table of Contents and Editorial: “She’s With Us” January 2017: Making a Difference Remembering Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs Wise words from the 2016 BGHB winners: all winners’ and honorees’ acceptance speeches, plus M. T. Anderson’s HBAS keynote “Outside the Box” Boston-area events for January […]

Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Sachs

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We were sad to hear about the deaths, just before the New Year, of Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952-2016) and Marilyn Sachs (1927-2016), two of children’s literature’s Great Ladies. Cofer’s 1995 linked short story collection An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio was a touchstone work in children’s books: “A milestone in multicultural publishing for […]

Boston-area events for January

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Celebrate a new year of great reads with authors and fellow book-lovers at many events coming up this month! Here’s a small sampling of what January holds; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. The movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls opens on Friday, January 6th. YA author and […]