Picture Book Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

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Picture Book Winner  Building Our House by Jonathan Bean; illus. by the author Primary     Farrar     48 pp. 1/13     978-0-374-38023-6     $17.99     g Drawing on childhood memories from his own family’s house construction (see author’s note), Bean creates an engaging story as well as a glimpse into a warm family setting. A little girl narrates, […]

Nonfiction Reviews of 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winner and Honor Books

Electric Ben

Nonfiction Winner Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd; illus. by the author Intermediate     Dial     40 pp. 9/12     978-0-8037-3749-5     $17.99 With a jacket showing Benjamin Franklin as a cross between a mad scientist and a superhero standing amid wild lightning bolts and surrounded by all manner of […]

2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

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*NEW!* Click here for the 2013 Award winner speeches and video.   Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton and 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winning author Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, Random House) announced the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. “The Boston Globe-Horn Book awards have always had […]

Three Mentors

Peter Sis

I was illustrating before I knew what illustrating means. And I knew Hans Christian Andersen stories before I knew who he was. I was always drawing because I was a child growing up in the age before television, computers, and iPhones. I did not know anything about the size of my country or the politics […]

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books winners 2012

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Breaking news! The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2012 have just been announced via Twitter. This year marks the 60th anniversary of this annual picture book award. Judges Chris Raschka, Bruce Handy (Vanity Fair), and Cathryn Mercier (director of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College) selected the […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Emily Arnold McCully

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Emily Arnold McCully received the 1993 Caldecott Medal for Mirette on the High Wire, the story of a 19th-century Parisian girl who learns to walk the high wire and, in the process, helps her mentor overcome his fears. Which of the books below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott-winning picture book? a) The Man Who Walked […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Sharon Creech

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Sharon Creech received the 1995 Newbery Medal for Walk Two Moons, the tale of 13-year-old Sal’s quest to find her missing mother. Can you guess her favorite Newbery-winning novel? a) Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1992) b) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (2000) c) Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt (1983) This post is […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Russell Freedman

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Russell Freedman received the 1988 Newbery Medal for his meticulously researched Lincoln: A Photobiography. Which of these books is the historian’s favorite Newbery winner? a) Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (1973) b) The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Willem van Loon (1922) c) A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (2001) This […]

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

2012 Mind the Gap Awards

Most likely to haunt award committees Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol   Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann Better luck next time Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia Tragic and tragically overlooked America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell by Don Brown   Amelia Lost: The Life […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Paul O. Zelinsky

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Paul O. Zelinsky took home the 1998 Caldecott Medal for the lush oil paintings in his retelling of Rapunzel. Guess which of the following titles is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott-stickered book. a) Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears written by Margaret Musgrove and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1977) b) Make Way for Ducklings […]