Reviews of the 2012 Belpre Illustrator Award winners

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Winner: Duncan Tonatiuh for Diego Rivera: His World and Ours (Abrams) Review in The Horn Book Guide, fall 2011 The first half of the book provides background on Rivera’s life and the inspiration behind his work. Readers are then asked to imagine how he might paint subjects from life today: “Maybe Diego would paint shops […]

Reviews of the 2012 Batchelder winners

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Winner: Eerdmans for Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak; trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; illus. by Philip Hopman Review in The Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2011 It really happened: hundreds of Polish soldiers, fleeing the Russians after the German attack on their already divided country in 1941, escaped to Iran. There they joined […]

Reviews of the 2012 Belpre Author Award winners

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Winner: Guadalupe Garcia McCall for Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low Books) Review in The Horn Book Guide, spring 2012 Eldest Lupita leads her seven younger siblings through the uncertainty of their mother’s cancer. Lupita endeavors to keep her Mexican American family together while attempting to reach her own goals for college and a career. […]

Reviews of the 2012 Robert F. Sibert winners

Balloons Over Broadway

Winner: Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet; illus. by the author (Houghton) At Macy’s department store, marionette maker Tony Sarg started inside and worked his way out. He designed mechanical storybook figures for Macy’s window displays before inventing the giant balloon characters that would become the […]

Something to do while Wikipedia is down

Go and vote on the final Calling Caldecott ballot. Ruthless elimination has already occurred; there are now just five choices for your three votes. Chills! I’ll be in Dallas for ALA tomorrow through Monday, serving on the Batchelder Award committee and schmoozing with our advertisers, who, it is interesting, are among the supporters of the […]

From the Editor – January 2012

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As we all await the announcements of the ALA book awards from the Midwinter Conference in Dallas on January 23rd, don’t miss the betting and brawling at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal, scoping out all things Newbery. Both blogs seem to have done their darnedest to appraise all […]

Mildred Batchelder: The Power of Thinking Big

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In brief, the children’s library movement was touched off by Caroline Hewins, at the Hartford Public Library, who passed the torch to Anne Carroll Moore, at the New York Public, and Alice Jordan, at the Boston Public. Bertha Mahony Miller, founding editor of The Horn Book, sought guidance from both of them. Principal allies were […]

Five Questions for Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

  Hee hee, Nic is afraid of ticKs. I think someone should write a picture book, A Tick for Nic. I told our Sibert Medalists that I would speak on their behalf to The Grobster, aka Betsy Groban, publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books, about funding the intrepid pair for a trip to the […]

ALA Live Five round-up

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Tomie dePaola and Roger Over at Read Roger, our indefatigable leader has been posting highlights from his nine Live Five interviews with the 2011 Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Wilder, Sibert, and Printz luminaries, plus bonus interviews with superstars Brian Selznick and Rick Riordan. Head over and learn whose dog Roger wants and what he and Rita Williams-Garcia were singing […]

Five Questions for Brian Selznick

  Brian has been a busy boy–not only is his Wonderstruck coming out this fall (I’m reviewing it for the September Horn Book) but Martin Scorsese’s film of The Invention of Hugo Cabret will be out before Christmas. (In color AND 3-D, obviously intent on making miracles of a very different kind.) I asked Brian […]