>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 […]

>July/August 2010 special issue: Awards

>The July/August Horn Book Magazine is out, and selected articles are on our website, including profiles of the Newbery and Caldecott medalists and CSK author and illustrator award acceptance speeches.

>Little pitchers

>Just back from a busy ALA, and here are a few pictures. Proud papa Dean Schneider standing next to the poster Lolly designed for his and Robin Smith’s “When A Is for X-Box,” from our July issue (which I think is the most beautiful one we have ever published): Newbery-winner Rebecca Stead, her editor Wendy […]