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Five questions for Christian Robinson

Another (Atheneum, 3–7 years) is the debut of acclaimed illustrator Christian Robinson working as both author and illustrator…in a wordless, sci-fi picture book about cats, wormholes (or maybe parallel universes?), friendship, and play. Filled with color and joy, the book alters perceptions and stretches imaginations. 1. Another is your first solo picture book — and it’s wordless! Was […]

Review of Another

Another by Christian Robinson; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    56 pp. 3/19    978-1-5344-2167-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2168-4    $10.99 For his solo picture book debut, Robinson (illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, rev. 3/15; School’s First Day of School, rev. 3/16; When’s My Birthday?, rev. 9/17; and more) offers a smart, sly, and […]

When’s My Birthday?: Illustrator Christian Robinson’s 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

When’s My Birthday? is a book about the joy, excitement, and anticipation a child feels around their birthday. When working on the book I did a lot of reflecting on my own childhood, and I was reminded that there was a lot of sadness, especially around birthdays. To quote the rapper Biggie Smalls, “Birthdays was […]

When’s My Birthday?: Author Julie Fogliano’s 2018 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Ask any kid and they will tell you that waiting stinks. And they are right: waiting does stink. And never in a million years would I have imagined that I would someday make a career of writing children’s books about waiting for things to happen. Not about the actual happening, but the parts in between. […]

When’s My Birthday?

Here’s a book that was a big hit in the Horn Book office from the start, so I feel lucky to get to write about it here. It’s told by a soon-to-be six-year-old (perhaps; or perhaps by multiple children) anticipating a birthday. Julie Fogliano’s verse in all lower-case letters and minimal punctuation demands to be read […]

Hbook Podcast 1.33 – Special Guest Christian Robinson

Podcast the 33rd in which Siân and Roger chat with Last Stop on Market Street illustrator (and generally awesome human being), Christian Robinson. Books we talk about illustrated by Christian Robinson School’s First Day of School, Adam Rex Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña Leo: A Ghost Story, Mac Barnett Little Penguins, Cynthia […]

School’s First Day of School

Well, if Lolly schooled us on Frankie and Lucky Get Schooled, I guess it’s inevitable that I educate you about School’s First Day of School. Christian Robinson’s other books have stickers all over their covers: Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Boston Globe-Horn Book, and even a Newbery Medal. So, when he has a new book out, we […]

Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

School’s First Day of School (Roaring Brook/Porter, 2016) by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, provides a new perspective on the first day of school — that of the building itself. From worry and anticipation to excitement, jealousy, and, finally, contentment and eagerness for the next day, the school’s childlike reactions will be understood by […]

Review of School’s First Day of School

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; 
illus. by Christian Robinson Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 6/16    978-1-59643-964-1    $17.99    g We’ve had many books about kids getting ready for the first day of school, but now we have another perspective: the school’s itself. The title page shows the finishing touches being added to a […]

Becoming “A Better Witness for What’s Beautiful”: Reading Last Stop on Market Street with Children

Last Stop on Market Street was among my top choices for 2016 Caldecott gold, so I was delighted when illustrator Christian Robinson won both Coretta Scott King and Caldecott honors. And, like many in the room at the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements last January, I was also surprised — and delighted! — when it […]