From the Editor – May 2015

It’s that time of year again: the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards will be announced on May 27th. I’ll be sharing the honor of naming the winners with Rebecca Stead, who won the 2010 Fiction Award for When You Reach Me, at 5:00 pm in New York City at SLJ’s Day of Dialog. If you’re there, […]

Week in Review, May 4th-8th

Week in Review

This week on… In memory of three-time Caldecott Medalist Marcia Brown From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Book & Me comics by Charise Mericle Harper “Field Notes: Alice, the Transformer” by Monica Edinger (Alice Liddell was born 163 years ago this week!) “Transformers: How Did Snow White Survive in that […]

Marcia Brown

by Janet A. Loranger Thirty-seven years ago, Marcia Brown published her first picture book for children: The Little Carousel.* On June 28, 1983, she received her third Caldecott Medal for Shadow. Those years from 1946 to 1983 have encompassed one of the most distinguished careers in American children’s books. That her latest book has received […]

Marcia Brown, 1918-2015


We were saddened to hear about the death of author-illustrator Marcia Brown this week at the age of ninety-six. The winner of three Caldecott Medals — for Cinderella in 1955, Once a Mouse in 1962, and Shadow in 1983 — she was also recognized with a whopping six Caldecott Honors (including her indelible Stone Soup […]

Caldecott Award Acceptance*

Cinderella by Marcia Brown

by Marcia Brown *Paper read at the meeting of the American Library Association, Philadelphia, July 5, 1955. An artist cannot help feeling deeply honored to receive an award bearing the name of Randolph Caldecott, one of the happiest spirits in children’s books. Prizes and awards seem to be gifts from the gods, unless they are […]

Week in Review, April 27th-May 1st

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: Table of contents Elissa Gershowitz’s editorial “Plus ça change” “In the Time of Daily Magic,” author Alice Hoffman’s tribute to Edward Eager (and Eager’s own tribute to E. Nesbit) The Harvard Crimson‘s article “For the Kids: Children’s and YA literature in […]

The merry month of May: May events in and around Boston

pippi to ripley

May is here, and so are lots of not-to-be-missed events! Here’s a highlight reel; for even more great events and all the details, see our event calendar. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Friend of the Horn Book and former intern Kazia will be presenting at the third annual “Pippi to Ripley: Gender and Sexualities […]

Week in Review, April 20th-24th

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation” by Betsy Bird (aka Fuse #8) Children’s Books Boston is now on Facebook — come say hi! Over at YouTube, Roger talks about attending the ALSC/CBC Day of Diversity Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: I Don’t […]

Week in Review, April 13th-17th

Week in Review

This week on… Rebecca Stead will be back for the 2015 BGHB award announcements at BEA! Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger Not on our site, but worth a read: author Marion Dane Bauer on “The Payoff of a Lonely Childhood” (inspired by Roger’s March/April 2015 editorial “The Difference That Made Them“) Reviews of […]

Week in Review, April 6th-10th

Week in Review

This week on… Starred reviews coming up in the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine April’s Notes newsletter: 5Q for Nikki Grimes, primary poetry, bird picture books, grrl-power intermediate fiction, and gritty YA starring teen boys Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Dinosaur vs. Mommy by Bob Shea Fiction: The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall […]