George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott’s Arrow to the Sun

Gerald McDermott and a young fan. Photo courtesy of ALSC.

While doing the research for my article Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies (Sept./Oct. 2013 Horn Book Magazine), I came across several references to author Gerald McDermott’s first children’s book editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, George Nicholson, and the role he played in McDermott’s move from films to picture books. A longtime children’s […]

Remembering Marc Simont

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Anne Hoppe, editor of Marc Simont’s 2002 Caldecott Honor Book The Stray Dog, spoke at the memorial held for the acclaimed illustrator in Old Cornwall, Connecticut, on August 24, 2013. We are honored to share her remarks with our readers. For more from The Horn Book about Monsieur Simont, click here. I’ve been a children’s […]

An Interview with Robert Cormier

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by Anita Silvey Beyond the Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is being published by Knopf on April 21, 1985. This interview, conducted at Robert Cormier’s home in Leominster, Massachusetts, took place on December 20, 1984, and focuses on the new book, his methods of writing, and the influences on his work. AS: Why did you […]

Jack Gantos at the Simmons Summer Institute

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To conclude the 2013 Children’s Literature Institute at Simmons, local author and Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos spoke about the first and last love letters a person writes and receives. According to Gantos, “the first love letters are the ones you write to yourself.” As a child, he was inspired by the ultimate journal keeper […]

Jack Gantos: voice talent

Jack Gantos reading From Norvelt to Nowhere.

A few weeks ago we received an email at the office from a Macmillan Audio publicist on behalf of children’s author, Magazine contributor, and all-around friend-of-The-Horn-Book Jack Gantos. Sir Jack (honorific mine) would be in Boston at Soundscape Studio recording the audio for his upcoming book From Norvelt to Nowhere (Farrar, Sept. 2013), sequel to […]

Marc Simont (1915-2013)

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Illustrator extraordinaire Marc Simont died July 13, 2013, in Cornwall, Connecticut, at ninety-seven. Three of his picture books received Caldecott recognition — the 1957 Medal for A Tree Is Nice (text by Janice May Udry); 1950 and 2002 Honors for The Happy Day (text by Ruth Krauss) and The Stray Dog — while many other […]

Bernard Waber (1921-2013)

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We are saddened to learn of the death of author-illustrator Bernard Waber last week. Waber, the author of more than thirty children’s books, is best known for his books featuring urban crocodile Lyle (The House on East 88th Street; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Lovable Lyle; and more) and those about every-child Ira (Ira Sleeps Over, Ira […]

Guess who?: Great guys

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Who are these handsome author and illustrator gents? What about this father-son pair? This post is part of our “Guess who”? author and illustrator photo series. Click on the tag Guess who? to see all entries!

Five Questions for Dr. Robert Needlman of Reach Out and Read

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It was exciting to realize that emergent literacy was a field that was not spoken of at all in the pediatric literature. Imagine that! A whole area of crucial child development which doctors seemed utterly unaware of. It was an opportunity that could not be passed up.

Gerald McDermott in Paris

Photo credit: Angela Schellenberg

During one of the last times Gerald was here in Paris, we went off hunting for an oyster restaurant. We finally found one in the Quartier Montorgueil on Rue des Petits Carreaux. The owner shipped oysters from his own farm on the Brittany coast so they were guaranteed to be fresh. We ordered a plate […]