Rooms of their own

photo by Richard Asch

I was of course kidding when I characterized the Sendak Fellowship as a reality show, but there are some aspects of it that are similar. Four people whose only things necessarily  in common are  talent and an interest in creating picture books share a large house for a month. They also share access to an […]

Gathering nutmegs while we may

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R and I are off to the state of my birth tomorrow, visiting Maurice Sendak and his “Sendak fellows” in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The four fellows, picture-book artists all, spend a month working in a house next to Sendak’s as they are filmed for the reality series Bunny Eat Bunny. Watch the contestants feud over gouache! […]

It’s My Party: An Interview with Maurice Sendak

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Loosely based on a two-minute animation Sendak created with Jim Henson for Sesame Street in 1971, Bumble-Ardy revisits his long-standing preoccupations with childhood outsider-hood and saving-grace resilience, but with a new twist of extravagance taken straight from the operatic playbook of Giuseppe Verdi. We talked about all this at the artist’s kitchen table in a conversation recorded on May 12, 2011.

Five Questions for Tomie dePaola

  At last! I have loved Tomie‘s books since being a children’s librarian (even thirty years ago, he seemed to have picture books about everything), and we’ve worked together on some articles and two Horn Book covers, but we had never met. He looks like he drew himself. And a man of firm opinions: his […]

>Can we still say Big Kahuna?

>Sounds like Chief Illiniwek in a different headdress to me, but in any case, Richard Peck is as worthy as anyone of the title and he has spoken. Is there a teensy jab in his discussion of the virtues of Keeper or am I reading that in? Gotta watch those smooth talkers.

Ladies and a Gentleman

>I’ll be reporting on my trip to SF once I wrest the photos from Richard’s camera; short version: it was swell. Meanwhile Katie celebrates Women’s History Month with a new booklist of some excellent recent biographies and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announces its 2011 Carle Honors Honorees: artist Lois Ehlert, artist […]

February Notes

The February issue of Notes from the Horn Book is out, headlined by Martha Parravano’s Five Questions for Wilder Award winner Tomie dePaola. Otherwise, we give you a handy annotated list of the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Sibert, King, and Belpre-winning books.

>R.I.P. Ron Shank

>I’m sorry to report the death of former Horn Book publisher Ron Shank. While it was a blink-and-you-might-have-missed-it relationship, as Ron became ill shortly after LJ and SLJ (and he) were acquired by Media Source, he did come up to Boston for a day and everyone here thought he was going to be a terrific […]

>Got wood?

>Check out Paul Zelinsky’s quest for same.

>Sid Fleischman

>Sid Fleischman, winner of the Newbery Medal (for The Whipping Boy) and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (for Humbug Mountain) died on March 17th at the age of ninety. To remember him, we’ve posted an article Sid wrote in 1976 for the Magazine.