Review of First Snow

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First Snow by Peter McCarty; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   40 pp. 1/15   978-0-06-218996-7   $16.99 Genial siblings Sancho, Bella, Lola, Ava, and Maria welcome their cousin Pedro, visiting from warmer climes, and introduce him to the joys of snow. The siblings are thrilled with an overnight snowfall and excitedly proclaim their […]

Secrecy and the Newbery Medal

In January 2010 I was among the 1,500 or so librarians seated in an ALA Youth Media Awards press conference, eagerly anticipating the announcements of the award winners. With the proliferation of ALA-sponsored children’s and young adult book awards in recent years, the press conference has gotten longer and longer, and we now must wait […]

From the Guide: 2011 Award Winners

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The following reviews are from The Horn Book Guide and The Horn Book Guide Online. For information about subscribing to the Guide and the Guide Online, please visit Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books Vanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest 253 pp. Delacorte 2010. ISBN 978-0-385-73883-5 LE ISBN 978-0-385-90750-7 Gr. 4–6 It’s 1936 and Abilene’s […]

Who in the World Is Clare Vanderpool?

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It was a dark and stormy night. The little car twisted and turned through the howling wind as it raced through the rapidly flooding streets of Wichita, hoping desperately to make it to the hospital in time. It was November 6, 1964. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t dark or stormy, and heck, it could have […]

What Makes a Good Newbery Novel?

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My quest to track down the Newbery began a long way from this country. I had been asked to speak at the Mubarak Library in Cairo to a group of Egyptian writers on “The Heartbeat of Children’s Literature.” A gentleman named Yacoub el-Sharoni, one of Egypt’s most famous writers of children’s books, was waiting for […]

Confessions of an Award Committee Addict


Hello, my name is Robin, and I am addicted to serving on book award committees. I have been struggling with this addiction for seven years. Before then, my interest in children’s books had not gone beyond reading aloud about two hundred books a year to my second graders, finding books that were perfect for my […]

Review of Press Here

Press Here by Hervé Tullet; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Handprint/Chronicle     64 pp. 4/11     978-0-8118-7954-5     $14.99 The ongoing debate regarding the future of picture books in a digital age has left many struggling for evidence to back up their assertions that traditional books will survive. Here is an interactive book that gives […]