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Week in Review, January 30th – February 3rd

This week on hbook.com… Preview the March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine January 2017 Horn Book Herald: ALA Youth Media Awards edition Refugees welcome here: resources and booklist and four recommended new picture books about children’s experiences as refugees Frederick Douglass booklist Black History Month 2017 Making a Difference, Week 5 / Black History Month Week […]

February’s Boston-area book events

A new month means new children’s book–related events and celebrations! Here’s a small sampling of what February has to offer; see our event calendar for all details and even more events. Yesterday was the first day of African American History Month. See the website for more information. Click on the tags Black History Month and […]

Five Questions for Coretta Scott King Jury Member Martha V. Parravano

1. You are not new to committee life (Newbery, Boston Globe–Horn Book, LA Times Book Prize, Wilder). What is unique about the CSK? MVP: My CSK jury service has so far been very much like the other committees I’ve served on: we set out to identify and recognize the very best in books for children […]

More Horn Book goodies about YMA 2017 winners

To accompany our 2017 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year’s Youth Media Award winners. Talks with Roger Roger Talks with Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award winner Roger Talks with Caren Stelson, Sibert Honor winner   Horn Book Magazine Q&A Javaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medal winner and Coretta Scott […]

Preview March/April 2017 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Hawa Diallo. Roger Sutton talks with 2016–2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang about the Reading Without Walls campaign and transcending boundaries with books. Crescent Dragonwagon, Charlotte Zolotow’s daughter and literary executor, reflects on the challenges and joys of “collaborating” with her late mother. “When Google Translate Gives You […]

Week in Review, January 23rd – 27th

This week on hbook.com… The ALA Youth Media Award winners were announced Monday morning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta! All of our coverage — including you-are-there reports — is available at the tag ALA Midwinter 2017; read our reviews of the winners here: Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Belpré Award (Author and Illustrator), Coretta […]

ALA Youth Media Announcement Report

As promised, here’s my view of Monday morning’s YMAs in Atlanta. As a member of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury, my morning started at 6:30 AM, when I arrived at the convention center. Like many of the award committees, my committee was meeting before the 8 AM announcement ceremony in order to call our winners and […]

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on January 23rd, 2017, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Atlanta. Also announced at the gathering […]

Review of the 2017 Printz Award winners

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: […]

Reviews of the 2017 Batchelder Award winners

Winner: Cry, Heart, but Never Break by Glenn Ringtved; illus. by 
Charlotte Pardi; trans. from the 
Danish by Robert Moulthrop Primary    Enchanted Lion    32 pp. 3/16    978-1-59270-187-2    $16.95 Four children encounter Death, who has arrived at their country house to claim their beloved grandmother (leaving his scythe outside the door, so as not to frighten […]