Newbery 2012: The Year in Words

Dead End in Norvelt

Newbery speculation is alive and healthy, with even the mock awards receiving national news coverage (and with the USA Today reporter who interviewed me also confiding that his fifth-grade son was participating in one). Happily, the growing din of the buzz doesn’t seem to affect the pleasure of the surprise at the award press conference. […]

Caldecott 2012: “everything…which is yes”

A Ball for Daisy

Just as the proof of the pudding is in the eating, real appreciation of a picture book depends on more than a first taste, or a first look; truer evaluation becomes possible only after savoring every nuance. At first glance, illustrations may delight us with their beauty — their drafting, palette, forms, composition; with how […]

Russell Freedman’s Favorite Newbery

The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon

What is Russell Freedman’s favorite Newbery Medal book?

Sharon Creech’s Favorite Newbery

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

What is Sharon Creech’s favorite Newbery Medal book?

2012 ALA Round-Up

Photo (and cake): Mary Wong

For those suffering from ALA withdrawal — or envy! — here’s the Horn Book’s take on this year’s events. For even more, check out the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Roger Sutton’s Live Five interviews and blog posts about them—videos coming soon! (We’ll let you know when they’re up.) Profile of Newbery […]

Chris Raschka: The Habits of an Artist

Chris Raschka

Chris wakes up at five o’clock in the morning and prepares breakfast according to plan: Monday — eggs; Tuesday — cereal; Wednesday — oatmeal. At six thirty he wakes our son, Ingo, and after breakfast they eventually leave the house together. Ingo turns east to cross Central Park to go to school and Chris walks […]

Jack Gantos: Seriously Funny

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Jack Gantos knocks people out with his comedy. Literally. I know of two speaking gigs where he has done so. In each instance, Jack was riffing away in the spotlight at the front of a school auditorium, wowing the crowd with a spoken rendition of his short story “Purple” from Jack’s New Power: Stories from […]

2012 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

Shane Evans

By Shane W. Evans As I sit down to write this, I watch the sun fall below the horizon and my spirits rise. There is the sound of LIFE all around me: birds chirping, the roar of vehicles, the faint exchanges of words between neighbors, and children’s laughter in the air. I am encouraged and […]

A Profile of Shane W. Evans

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By Taye Diggs “What are you?” “What?” “What are you? Preppy, er…What’s your style?” “Uh, I don’t know, man…I’m just me.” Those were the words exchanged when I first met Shane W. Evans. It was the beginning of our sophomore year at School of the Arts in Rochester, New York. We were both transfers and […]

A Profile of Kadir Nelson

Donna Bray and Kadir Nelson. Photo: Alessandra Balzer.

By Donna Bray It was May 2008, and I had just started my first new job in twelve years, as co-publisher of a new imprint at HarperCollins. I was energized, excited — and, frankly, a bit terrified. Being an editor without any books in the pipeline is, I imagine, like being a librarian with empty […]