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

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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

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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 […]

My friend Maurice

Photo by Richard Asch

Maurice Sendak died last night at the age of 83. There will be many forthcoming tributes to this great artist, including quite a lot of material by and about him from The Horn Book Magazine, which we will be posting on our website for you as we can. But I wanted to take a minute […]

The man behind the masque

Please join me in thanking Peter Sieruta, blogging at Collecting Children’s Books, for yesterday’s lunacy (which is about as far as my vampire puns can go, so I’m grateful to Peter for sinking his teeth into this for us). Look for Peter’s forthcoming book from Candlewick Press–written with fellow bloggers Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson, […]

Boston’s favorite son

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Reigning (wait, is it incoming until he actually gets his mitts on the goods?) O’Dell and Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos stopped by the office last Friday for a bit of cake and champagne to celebrate the success of Dead End in Norvelt. (And to fortify himself for his daughter’s pajama party, which he was supervising that […]