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Week in Review, February 1st-5th: Black History Month Week 1

Week in Review

This week on… Black History Month For Black History Month, we’ve selected articles by and/or about African American children’s book luminaries — one a day throughout February, with a roundup on Fridays. This week’s selections: Black History Month 2016 at The Horn Book introduction “Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers” by Vaunda […]

Preview March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine

March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazne

Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday: To mark the occasion, publisher David Reuther; authors Elaine Scott, Varian Johnson, Kurtis Scaletta, Kate Messner, and Tony DiTerlizzi; and librarian Julie Roach reflect on Beverly Cleary’s work. Ibi Zoboi on building a “Fine Bookshelf” of mirror books. Plus, her interview with authors Edwidge Danticat and Rita Williams-Garcia. The Writer’s Page: […]

Week in Review, January 25th-29th

Week in Review

This week on… January’s Horn Book Herald, special 2016 ALA Awards edition: 5Q for Jerry Pinkney, our reviews of honored books, and lots of web extras January’s Nonfiction Notes: Immigration; customs and lifestyles; inspiring athletes; investigating crime; psychology and mindfulness Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Red Hat by David Teague; 
illus. by Antoinette […]

Week in Review, January 18th-22nd

Week in Review

This week on… From the Guide: Spanish-Language and Bilingual Books We’re on Pinterest — come say hi and see our boards! Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Murphy in the City by Alice Provensen Fiction: Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather by Grace Lin Nonfiction: Amazing Places selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illus. by Chris […]

In pictures

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I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to Pinterest. That means I am extra excited to announce that The Horn Book has a brand-new Pinterest account! Come check out our boards at — so far we’ve got Mag and Guide cover galleries, ALA pics, reviews of the week, and Talks with Roger […]

Week in Review, January 11th-15th

Week in Review

This week on… Horn Book reviews of the 2016 ALA YMA winners and honor books including Caldecott, Newbery, CSK Author and Illustrator Awards, Belpré, Printz, Sibert, Geisel, Batchelder, and more Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference January Notes from the Horn Book: 5Q for Barbara McClintock, movin’ and groovin’ picture books, PS nonfiction […]

Always: remembering Alan Rickman

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Just a few days ago, the Goblin King passed. While Bowie the Artist never really had much of an impact on my life, Bowie the Goblin King certainly did. As a child, Labyrinth in equal parts delighted and terrified me. I watched it over and over, always hiding my face when the fire creature things […]

Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference

Kazia Berkley-Cramer, ribbon model. Photo: Elissa Gershowitz

What a fantastic, productive time we had at ALA Midwinter 2016. How nice that it was in our own backyard, Boston, and even nicer that it didn’t snow — though Cali boy Mac Barnett was still cold, despite natty inside-hat-and-scarf. We drank a little champagne and a lot of coffee, ate franks at Fenway, posed […]

From the Editor – January 2016


Well, a few years ago the Caldecott Medal went to what many people thought was a novel (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and this week we have the Newbery going to a thirty-two page picture book, the first time this has happened since A Visit to William Blake’s Inn in 1982 and only the second […]

ALA Awards 2016: Horn Book reviews of the winners


The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street and Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie on January 11, 2016, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Boston. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta […]