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Profile of 2017 Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill by Karlyn Coleman

Kelly Barnhill is magic. Once, when she and I were walking our bounding black dogs in the woods along the Mississippi River, she began to tell a story, and I swear the giant cottonwood trees leaned in, the mighty river slowed, and the dogs trotted closer to her side so that they could hear her […]

2017 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Rudine Sims Bishop

Good morning. Thank you to the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Jury. This award is very special to me. I thank you for choosing me and thereby placing me alongside honorees such as star librarians Dr. Henrietta Smith and Deborah D. Taylor. It is an extraordinary constellation to be a part of, […]

A Lifeline Called Hope: 2017 Wilder Medal Acceptance by Nikki Grimes

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That is one of my favorite verses of scripture, largely because of the word hoped. I’ve long had a fascination with words, and the word with the deepest resonance for me is hope. The journey that brought me to this moment […]

2017 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Kelly Barnhill

Nobody writes a book alone. This may come as a shock to you, those of you who aren’t writers. Because from your point of view, writers sure seem like we’re alone, in our tea-stained yoga pants and ratty sweatshirts and the sun-starved pallor of our faces when it’s clear that we haven’t left our offices […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]