Chris Raschka: The Habits of an Artist

Chris Raschka

Chris wakes up at five o’clock in the morning and prepares breakfast according to plan: Monday — eggs; Tuesday — cereal; Wednesday — oatmeal. At six thirty he wakes our son, Ingo, and after breakfast they eventually leave the house together. Ingo turns east to cross Central Park to go to school and Chris walks […]

Jack Gantos: Seriously Funny

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Jack Gantos knocks people out with his comedy. Literally. I know of two speaking gigs where he has done so. In each instance, Jack was riffing away in the spotlight at the front of a school auditorium, wowing the crowd with a spoken rendition of his short story “Purple” from Jack’s New Power: Stories from […]

2012 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

Shane Evans

By Shane W. Evans As I sit down to write this, I watch the sun fall below the horizon and my spirits rise. There is the sound of LIFE all around me: birds chirping, the roar of vehicles, the faint exchanges of words between neighbors, and children’s laughter in the air. I am encouraged and […]

2012 CSK Author Award Acceptance

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By Kadir Nelson Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here with you to celebrate the work of African American authors and illustrators whose books have been chosen as the best of the best of 2011. I feel privileged to share the company of esteemed peers whom I have long admired. I have always considered […]

2012 Coretta Scott King — Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Acceptance

Ashley Bryan

By Ashley Bryan To be honored in the name of Virginia Hamilton, a person and artist I loved, opens personal feelings and the meaning of her lifetime achievement award. Virginia remains an ongoing inspiration in my life. I have recollections of time spent with her when the warmth and light of her personality enriched those […]

Five Questions about Five Questions

Live Five - Questions with Roger Sutton

1. What are the Live Five Questions? Live Five Questions sprang from the “Five Questions for . . . .” feature in Notes from the Horn Book, our monthly e-newsletter. A few ALA’s ago, we took this feature live, conducting brief, five-question interviews with authors and illustrators at the Horn Book booth on the exhibit […]

Photos from the 2012 BGHB announcement at BEA

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For more information about the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, click here. NONFICTION WINNER: Chuck Close: Face Book, written and illustrated by Chuck Close (Abrams Books for Young Readers)  NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS: • Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Harcourt Children’s Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt […]

Two questions for four Fellows

Photo by Richard Asch

Last year, I went to Maurice Sendak’s house to spend a day with the Sendak Fellows, four artists who were given time and studios to work on any project they desired, as well as access to Maurice for advice and encouragement. So who better to talk about his legacy? I asked each Fellow “what’s the […]

Leo Dillon (1933-2012)

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Leo Dillon has passed away. Over a career that spanned five decades, the formidable illustrator, along with his collaborator and wife Diane, won numerous awards, including two Caldecott Medals (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, 1976 and Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, 1977), a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and several Coretta Scott King Honors. Editor […]

P.D.S.

it was quite a shock when Peter D. Sieruta’s brother John posted Saturday evening on Peter’s Facebook account that Peter had suddenly died the previous night, complications from a fall, it seems. Peter was already a Horn Book legend when I came here in 1996; he was among the first reviewers for Anita Silvey’s new […]