2012 CSK Author Award Acceptance

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By Kadir Nelson Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here with you to celebrate the work of African American authors and illustrators whose books have been chosen as the best of the best of 2011. I feel privileged to share the company of esteemed peers whom I have long admired. I have always considered […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Beth Krommes

Photo by Marguerite Krommes

Beth Krommes received the 2009 Caldecott Medal for The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson. Her black, white, and gold scratchboard art perfectly complements the poetic bedtime tale.  Guess which of the titles below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner. a) Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2005) b) My Friend […]

July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards

July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine

Here’s a sneak peek at the new, beautiful July/August 2012 special awards issue of The Horn Book Magazine! If you’re going to ALA, you can pick up your free copy at The Horn Book/School Library Journal/Library Journal Booth #2234. Supplies are limited, so stop by anytime for a ticket; the Magazines will be available for […]

The Horn Book Magazine — July/August 2012

July/August 2012 Horn Book Magazine

  Table of Contents   Features Joanna Rudge Long 10 Caldecott 2012 The year in pictures. Chris Raschka 17 Caldecott Medal Acceptance Lydie Raschka 26 A Profile of Chris Raschka Nina Lindsay 37 Newbery 2012 The year in words. Jack Gantos 44 Newbery Medal Acceptance Wesley Adams 53 A Profile of Jack Gantos Kathleen T. […]

From The Guide: Sports Books

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Summer is the season for recreational reading, outdoor activities, fun, sports, and, this year, the Summer Olympics. In The Horn Book Guide, there’s never a shortage of sports-themed books, from high-interest bait for reluctant readers to entertaining diversions for voracious ones. The following sports-books-done-right for upper-elementary and middle-grade readers are all recommended in recent or […]

Letter to the Editor from Leah Langby, July/August 2012

May/June 2012 Horn Book Magazine cover

May/June 2012 Horn Book I want to thank you for publishing the piece by Hilary Rappaport (“On the Rights of Reading and Girls and Boys”). I really appreciated seeing some of my concerns about the gender divide in reading articulated so well. I have examined my biases related to literature and preferences, and have made […]

King of All the Caldecotts

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“If this book doesn’t win the Caldecott Medal I’m going to kill myself.” I heard that from Zena Sutherland, quoting Ursula Nordstrom, while Zena and I were at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum in 1982, viewing an exhibition of the complete original art for the book in question, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. That book […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Linda Sue Park

Photo by Sonya Sones

In 2002 Linda Sue Park won the Newbery Medal for A Single Shard, the tale of a ten-year-old orphan called Tree-ear who apprentices to a master potter. Guess which title below is her favorite Newbery-winning novel. a) Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (2006) b) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1978) c) I, Juan […]

The Search for Distinguished

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In a much talked about opinion piece published in School Library Journal in 2008, former Horn Book editor Anita Silvey asked, “Has the Newbery lost its way?” She made it clear that she thought it had, after interviewing “more than 100 people—including media specialists, children’s librarians, teachers, and booksellers—in 15 states across the country.” A […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Lois Lowry

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Lois Lowry received the 1990 Newbery Medal for Number the Stars, set in 1943 Nazi-occupied Copenhagen. She won again in 1994 for her now-classic dystopian middle-grade novel The Giver. Which of the titles below is her favorite Newbery-winning book? a) Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (2008) b) […]