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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 […]

Raúl the Third, 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator winner, at Cport School

On Monday, Raúl the Third (a.k.a. Raúl Gonzalez) was announced as winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for his middle-grade graphic novel Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, written by Cathy Camper. Some people go to Disney World. This guy went to Cambridgeport School! On Tuesday he spent the morning in the […]

Leave Me Alone!

Leave Me Alone! has everything necessary for a great picture book: a frustrated main character, epic adventure, and derpy goats. A book with derpy yarn-eating goats may be being considered for the Caldecott Medal, and I’m pretty thrilled about it. This is cartoonist Vera Brosgol’s first picture book, and though I’ve heard great things about […]

Du Iz Tak?

Have you seen Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis’s oversized gouache and ink spreads are impressive to be sure, but it’s her ear for entomological dialogue that shines in this one; well, I’ll let you be the judge. Not to give too much away, but at the emotional climax (***spoiler alert*** when the flowering plant that has […]

Radiant Child: The Story of a Young Jean-Michel Basquiat

I’ve been looking forward to writing about this book’s Caldecott possibilities ever since I reviewed it for the Magazine. This one is way up there on my top ten list for 2016. Maybe even at #1. I have a hunch it’s going to be this year’s Voice of Freedom, getting nods from Sibert, CSK, and […]

Caren Stelson Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Sachiko Yasui was six years old on August 9, 1945, when “Fat Man” exploded over her city, Nagasaki, just over half a mile from where Sachiko was playing house with […]

Javaka Steptoe on Radiant Child

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Lolly Robinson spoke with author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe about his personal connection to the subject of new biography Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Read the full starred review. Lolly Robinson: You and your father, John Steptoe, were both artists in NYC when Basquiat was working. Did […]

Five questions for Nicola Yoon

Natasha’s family is about to be deported to Jamaica. It’s a bad time to fall in love, and she fights it mightily. But Daniel Jae Ho Bae is so kind, sweet, and charming, she can’t resist — and neither will readers be able to resist Nicola Yoon’s romantic and multifaceted The Sun Is Also a […]

They All Saw a Cat

It’s become old hat for an artist to have more than one really great picture book out in the same year, but usually it’s a familiar name. (Think Melissa Sweet, Jon Klassen, Philip Stead…) What’s unusual is when the artist has a rather unfamiliar name. This year, illustrator Brendan Wenzel has two books that many people […]