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“Winners, Losers, and Something in Between” awards panel recap

cbb winners panel

What makes a book award-worthy? Who decides, and how? These questions were the focus of “Winners, Losers, and Something in Between: An Inside Look at Book Awards,” a panel sponsored by Children’s Books Boston that met at Simmons College on Tuesday. The panelists and moderator had years of experience choosing book award winners among them. […]

Lynne Reid Banks: right for the wrong reasons


I think we’ve all written letters like this one. Responding to the announcement that David Almond’s A Song for Ella Grey had won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, author Lynne Reid Banks wrote to that publication: “Buoyed up by David Almond’s beautiful description (21 November) of his inspiration for writing A Song for Ella Grey, which  has […]

The best-of-the-year lists have begun

The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books

Teachers often ask how to keep up with the best new books. Good intentions are one thing, and real life (long days, class prep, paper grading) is another. For those with limited time, I recommend going online near the end of the year when children’s book review journals post their “best of the year” lists. […]

Which book will hurt which reader how?


There are some lively debates going on at Heavy Medal and Fuse #8 about Laura Amy Schlitz’s The Hired Girl, a presumed favorite for 2016 Newbery consideration. The Horn Book starred it; I like it too (and here’s a brief interview I did with Schlitz in the September Magazine). What’s interesting about this debate is […]

The race is on


Calling Caldecott, Heavy Medal, and Someday My Printz Will Come are all up and running, so it’s time to start thinking your woulds and coulds and shoulds about this year’s field of potential prizewinners. (And SLJ has posted its reviews of the National Book Award longlist, although I have to say I think it’s tacky […]

Preview July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine

July/August 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Special Issue: Awards Original cover art by 2015 Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat. Deborah Taylor, 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, examines the winners and honorees of this year’s CSK Awards. Jacqueline Woodson’s CSK Author Award acceptance speech. Editor Nancy Paulsen’s profile of Jacqueline Woodson. Christopher Myers’s CSK Illustrator […]

Drumroll, please… The 2015 BGHB Award announcements

bghb 2015 announcement powerpoint

On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ’s Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honor books. This year’s award ceremony will take place on Friday, October 2nd, followed by the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium, “Transformations,” […]

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston […]

Picture Book Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

frazee_farmer and the clown

 Picture Book Winner The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary Beach Lane/Simon 32 pp. 10/14 978-1-4424-9744-3 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9745-0 $10.99 Appearances can be deceiving in this superb wordless book from two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Frazee. At sunset, a grim-faced, pitchfork-wielding farmer comes to the rescue when a […]

Fiction Reviews of 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

 Fiction Winner Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell Middle School   Simon   248 pp. 8/14   978-1-4424-9061-1   $16.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9063-5   $10.99 Will (short for Wilhelmina), the only daughter of William Silver, white foreman of the Two Tree Hill Farm in Zimbabwe, leads a “wildcat” life with her Shona best friend Simon, filled with good rich mud, […]