ALA Awards 2014: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca on January 27, 2014, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. […]

Additional ALA Awards 2014

Alex Awards for the ten best adult books that appeal to a teen audience • Brewster by Mark Slouka and published by W. W. Norton & Company • The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (HarperCollins/Harper) • Golden Boy: A Novel by Abigail Tarttelin (Simon/ATRIA) • Help for the Haunted written by John Searles (HarperCollins/Morrow) […]

2014 Coretta Scott King Award winners

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Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Author Book Award winners: Winner: P.S. Be Eleven; Three Honor Books: March: Book One, Darius & Twig, Words with Wings. Reviews of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award winners: Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me; Honor Book: Nelson Mandela. Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award: […]

Reviews of the 2014 Sibert Award winners

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Winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore; illus. by Susan L. Roth (Lee & Low) This gorgeously illustrated history of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot, along with the settlement and development of Puerto Rico, underscores the environmental consequences of human populations on indigenous animal species. The beautiful green and […]

Reviews of the 2014 CSK Author Award winners

p.s. be eleven

Winner: P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amistad/HarperCollins) Against Big Ma’s objections, in One Crazy Summer (rev. 3/10) Delphine and her sisters Vonetta and Fern flew off to Oakland to get to know their mother, Cecile, and learned about the Black Panthers. Here, they’ve returned, and before they even get home to Bedford-Stuyvesant, they outrage […]

Reviews of the 2014 CSK Illustrator Award winners

knock knock

Winner: Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty; illus. by Bryan Collier (Little, Brown) Each morning, a little boy looks forward to playing the knock-knock game with his father. The boy pretends to be asleep until his dad approaches. “Then I get up and jump into his arms.” One day, though, and […]

Reviews of the 2014 Printz winners

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 Winner: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook) Sedgwick takes us backwards, first by sixty-year intervals and then by leaps of centuries, in seven short stories centering on a remote northern island and the potent, drug-laden flower that blooms there. Each story begins with love and ends with death, whether of young lovers, parents and children, […]

Reviews of the 2014 Caldecott Award winners

locomotive

Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca; illus. by the author (Jackson/Atheneum) Talk about a youth librarian’s dream come true: a big new book about those ever-popular trains from a bona fide picture-book-nonfiction all-star. Striking cinematic endpapers lay the groundwork, describing the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s. Then, in a sort of historical-fiction-meets-travelogue narrative, […]

Reviews of the 2014 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by K. G. Campbell (Candlewick) Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman’s life changes when she resuscitates a squirrel after his near-death experience with her neighbor’s Ulysses 2000X vacuum. Flora discovers that the incident has caused the squirrel, whom she also names Ulysses, to acquire superpowers. Despite […]

Horn Book Week in Review, January 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com… Lots of big news: Roger, wearing his committee-chair hat, announced the winner of the 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Calling Caldecott has announced the winner of its 2014 Mock Caldecott vote. The Horn Book offices are moving to the Simmons College campus. Review of the Week: The Mad Potter: […]