Profile of 2015 CSK Author winner Jacqueline Woodson

Photo: Marty Umans

One of the greatest joys of my career has been seeing Brown Girl Dreaming come to life and reverberate as it has been handed from reader to reader. I have been lucky enough to work with Jacqueline Woodson for almost twenty years. She was the very first author I signed up when I became the […]

Editorial: What the Survey Doesn’t Say


Welcome to our annual issue devoted to the ALA book awards. You will find herein acceptance speeches by and profiles of the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder award winners as well as some analysis of the winners and honor books; some Newbery history (where does K. T. Horning find those stories?); and “Mind […]

2015 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance


I’ve just about given up on the world. A friend of mine, a book-wise, hanger-thin Jamaican, whose spider fingers dance across endless stories, whose easy smile softens the formality of his dress, sent me an essay he wrote, about how much safer he felt as a child in the gangster-riddled streets of 1980s Kingston than […]

Giant (for Christopher Myers)


You know I ain’t never met a giant Who can make things Giants usually break things Unmake things But not you You make things You build worlds And road maps And treasure maps You build treasures And hide gold coins in the palms Of small hands How you be so swift anyway? How everybody see […]

Week in Review, June 22nd-26th

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: “Transformers: But Myth Has No Prototype” by Susan Cooper Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman Fiction: Misty [Stanley & Me] by Christine Dencer; illus. by Jessica Meserve Nonfiction: Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured 
Black and White […]

Conference report: Association of Jewish Libraries 2015


While you wait with bated breath for next week’s ALA Annual conference — and the July/August Horn Book Magazine containing the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, and Wilder awards speeches and profiles of the winners, plus roundups of the year’s books, our Mind the Gap Awards for books that didn’t win at ALA, and more […]

Tales from a since-third-grade fangirl: Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook

Photo by Shoshana Flax

Last night, a bookstore dear to my heart hosted an author dear to my heart. And my heart was glad. To put it another way, Brookline Booksmith hosted Judy Blume in conversation with Tom Ashbrook at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The event was in honor of her new adult novel, In the Unlikely Event, but […]

Week in Review, June 15th-19th

Week in Review

This week on… From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: “Transformers: The Power of Storytelling” by Jerry Pinkney Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein Fiction: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Nonfiction: The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko; illus. by 
Sean Qualls and […]

Week in Review, June 8th-12th

Week in Review

This week on… Starred reviews coming up in the July/August Horn Book Magazine June’s issue of Notes from the Horn Book: five questions for Ann Bausum on Stonewall, more YA narrative nonfiction, picture books for Father’s Day, summery primary adventures, wacky intermediate audiobooks From the May/June 2015 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Transformations: From […]

From the Editor – June 2015


Who got it right, the Newbery and Caldecott or the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards? This isn’t exactly a fair fight as the different awards have different criteria and eligibility standards, but it’s fun to compare. You can read all about the recently announced BGHB Awards here, and our coverage of the ALA awards (acceptance speeches […]