>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.

>Presents

>We’re working on a feature for the May issue, “What Makes a Good Graduation Gift Book?” and it’s causing me to think about how complicated gift-giving can be. As Betty Carter says in the article, any gift of a book comes with an agenda: here’s what I like or think is important and/or here’s what […]

>Nikki Grimes said it best

>“Give Jerry Pinkney the damn medal, already!” and I have to say I was never so happy to not be surprised. We are working on the awards webpage, with a listing of all the winners and links to our reviews, right now; in the meantime you can read my interviews with Medalists Jerry Pinkney and […]

>Milton Meltzer, 94

>”That damned Horn Book”–the first words Milton Meltzer ever said to me, upon our mutual introduction fifteen years ago. Meltzer was ever-watchful of how the review journals were treating nonfiction books, a crusade begun by him in our pages more than thirty years ago. We commemorate the passing, on September 19th, of this omnivorously curious […]

>Reading aloud and alone

>Twitter is atwitter with responses to Richard Peck’s remark in Notes that “over and over [kids are]telling me that the books I wrote for them to read are being read to them by their teachers. And hearing a story read doesn’t seem to expand their vocabularies. If a teacher is going to take limited classroom […]

>New Notes, September edition

>An interview with Richard Peck leads off the latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book.

>In the footsteps of giants

>I’m going to New York next week to help select the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and I’m taking names. Here are the criteria: Author or illustrator of fiction or nonfiction booksU.S. citizen, living in the U.S.Excellent and facile communicatorDynamic and engaging personalityKnown ability to relate to children; communicates well and regularly with […]

>Is It a Crime?

>Drinks for anyone but Elizabeth who can identify the musical quoted in the title. The Simmons program Crime and Misdemeanors is ending this morning with closing remarks from M.T. Anderson, and my responsibilities–save paper-grading–will be through. I’ve been twittering away from the back of the room, but it’s difficult to convey the extravagant genius and […]