Five Questions for Clare Vanderpool

  With Clare, her being from Kansas and writing about Kansas and loving Kansas and all, I got to reminisce about Mike Printz, who ran an oral history project with his Topeka West High teens, documenting the lives of famous Kansans. (We did an SLJ article together called “E.T.’s Mom Phones Home,” about how Mike’s […]

Five Questions for Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, pointing out where he gets his ideas. Rick Riordan, first up in our Live Five series at ALA, has to be one of the nicest people in the world. When I asked him if he had problems with people worried over “false gods,” he couldn’t even offer me a stern lecture for the […]

>Alex Forrest, at your service

>In anticipation of the Big Banquet a week from Sunday, I’m giving you an early look at Mind the Gap, our annual list of those books snubbed by the ALA Awards. Okay, snubbed is harsh–overlooked? Dismissed? Ignored? (For the literalists: we know that not all of our choices were eligible, but we’re still coming to […]

>HB at ALA

>Here is a handy page with all our ALA booth info including the Live Five schedule and how to get your copy of the gawjus Awards issue, published the day after the Big Banquet. Plus, there’s going to be a drawing to get a spa day. In fifteen years in this job I have never […]

>Come to the movies

>On June 25th at 8:00PM at the ALA conference in New Orleans, ALSC is presenting a free screening of The Library of the Early Mind, a documentary about contemporary children’s literature including interviews with many authors and illustrators. I think my favorite segment is the coverage of an attempt to ban Annie on My Mind, […]

>Live Five Schedule

>At ALA in New Orleans next month, I will be conducting five-question interviews with the following authors and illustrators at our booth (#939). And we have a NEW sound system! Saturday, June 25: 10:00 AM Rick Riordan 11:00 AM Clare Vanderpool 2:00 PM Erin and Philip Stead Sunday, June 26th: 10:00 AM Tomie dePaola 11:00 […]

>Live Five early warning

>I’ve been scheduling our Live Five Questions series for ALA in June, and I’m happy to tell you that the winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Wilder, Sibert and Printz awards will all be coming by the Horn Book booth to submit to my ruthless interrogations. I’ll put the schedule up next month. […]

>What did they do, flip a coin?

>ALA has posted the 2011 Notables and Best Fiction for Young Adults list.  I had to laugh when I looked at the latter–YALSA got rid of its supposedly ungainly Best Books for Young Adults list last year to focus on narrower lists this year, but what did we get? A YA-fiction-only list that, with 99 […]

Work on volume three begins Monday!

While we don’t yet know who will start off the 2021 edition of this durable series, originally published by the Horn Book and now a joint production with ALSC and ALA, the latest collection of the Newbery and Caldecott speeches is now available. In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery and Caldecott Medals 2001-2010 […]

>Five questioned

> When I asked Matt Phelan if he would ever consider illustrating The Wizard of Oz, be brought back childhood terrors by mentioning the Wheelers, a ferocious little bunch of hoodlums from Ozma of Oz. Thanks for that, Matt. I was already punchdrunk Saturday morning when I was inviting people to come by the booth […]