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

Roger and Rebecca Stead as James and Anne

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 […]

Ellen Levine (1939-2012)

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Ellen Levine, award-winning children’s author and tireless advocate for social justice, has passed away. Here are some Horn Book reviews of her most influential works.

Ellen Levine book reviews

Ellen Levine Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad; illus. by Kadir Nelson 40 pp. Scholastic 1/07 ISBN 978-0-439-77733-9 $16.99 g (Primary, Intermediate) Watch author Ellen Levine read from the 2008 Caldecott Honor book. In a true story that is both heartbreaking and joyful, Levine recounts the history of Henry “Box” Brown, […]

Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books

by Jean C. George In the sunny frame of our kitchen door last summer stood our eight-year-old daughter, Twig. Her excitement was so great that there were no words — just wide misty eyes and a trembling chin, for cupped in her hands was a tiny bird. The bright-eyed nestling was still covered with puffs […]

Jean Craighead George

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Author and naturalist Jean Craighead George, a pioneer in nature writing for children, died on May 15, 2012, in Mount Kisco, New York, at the age of ninety-two. She authored over one hundred fiction and nonfiction children’s books, including the classic wilderness adventure novels My Side of the Mountain (a 1960 Newbery Honor book) and […]

Old friends

Photo by Richard Asch

Had a wonderful day with great friend (and former boss) Betsy Hearne at the Eric Carle on Saturday. Together we led a little lunchtime discussion–I started it by asking Betsy what she found to be most different about children’s books from when she became a librarian in the late sixties and now. She had a […]

Another Belle of Amherst

Shaddup, that's Betsy on the right.

This coming Saturday, I’ll be introducing my old friend Betsy Hearne at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where she will be delivering the Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture. 25 bucks for lunch with Betsy and me at noon; the BERL lecture (hey Barbara–how’s it feel to be an acronym?) is  at 2:00 […]

Boots on the ground

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Barbara Bader’s “Cleveland and Pittsburgh Create a Profession” looks at a time when place really mattered and where you worked was far more allied to what you did than it is today. Certainly, you would learn from your distant colleagues via professional associations and journals, but change in librarianship happened building by building. Reading Bader’s […]

The Other Half

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

by Diana Wynne Jones This is not about my own school. I prefer to forget that. This is about how a large part of the job description when you write for children is the remorseless visiting of schools. When I was young and strong, I was required to do this almost once a week. Half […]