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2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe

“Nobody loves a genius child.” Langston Hughes’s poem “Genius Child” was read at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s memorial service by his friend Freddy Brathwaite, also known as Fab 5 Freddy, host of Yo! MTV Raps. It sums up the love-hate relationship many of us have with bringers of change. Our connections with revolutionaries are often uncomfortable and […]

2017 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe

I would like to begin by taking a moment to point out that I am in Chicago, and to recognize the contribution of another Jean to this day. For those of you who are unaware, Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable — a Haitian man of African and French descent — established a trading post and […]

Week in Review, June 19th-23rd

This week on hbook.com… Julie Danielson’s tribute to the incomparable Robin Smith. Rest in peace and love, Robin. We are at ALA this weekend — visit booth #2626! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming; illus. by Lori Nichols Fiction: Binny Bewitched by Hilary McKay; illus. by Tony Ross Nonfiction: […]

Apply for a fall Horn Book internship!

Interested in learning more about the children’s book industry, book reviewing, or how magazines and review journals operate? A Horn Book internship is a great place to start. Our editorial interns are an invaluable help in managing the gazillion books that enter and leave our office (and if the phrase “gazillion books” sounds appealing to […]

Week in Review, June 12th-16th

This week on hbook.com… Check out our beautiful new Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards microsite! This week’s featured BGHB reminiscence: Leonard S. Marcus on Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, illus. by Robert Andrew Parker 2017 BGHB Awards edition of the Horn Book Herald: 5Q for Angie Thomas on The Hate U Give plus extras on the […]

2017 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]

2017 Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]

2017 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of […]

June Notes is on the way!

June’s Notes from the Horn Book newsletter has 5Q for author Susan Juby on her newest novel, The Fashion Committee. In this issue you’ll also find welcome new love-story additions to the canon of queer YA preschool books celebrating the warmth between children and their father figures summery science nonfiction picture books on the birds […]

BGHB at 50: Cold Feet by Cynthia DeFelice, illus. by Robert Andrew Parker

As a 2001 Boston Globe-Horn Book judge, I had the pleasure of honoring Cynthia DeFelice and Robert Andrew Parker for their picture book Cold Feet, a deliciously creepy retelling of a Scottish ghost story. I liked everything about the book, but here I want to give a tip of my hat to Parker, who I […]