Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan on The Mad Potter

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In the January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano asked Mad Potter authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan about choosing their unusual subject. Read the review here. Martha V. Parravano: How did you discover this fairly unknown subject? Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan: During the New Orleans ALA we headed over to Biloxi to […]

From The Guide: Picture Book Builders

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Judges and winners of the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards came together in early October for “The Horn Book at Simmons: Building Character,” a day-long event designed to give participants an opportunity to discuss how characters are constructed, and how they reach out from the page, building bridges to young readers in the process. In […]

Editorial: Books for the Ages

In Rita Williams-Garcia’s P. S. Be Eleven, included on this year’s Fanfare list of the best books of 2013, Delphine, inspired by the example of an admired teacher, decides she is going to read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. But Delphine’s mother Nzila, a complicated woman living semi-estranged from the family in far-away Oakland, cautions her […]

The Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2014

January/February 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features 12 Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2013. 23 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Gallery 2013 Celebrating the year’s winners and honor books. 24 Nonfiction 30 Picture Book 36 Fiction Monica Edinger 52 Books About Africa Showing young readers the real Africa. Columns Roger Sutton 9 Editorial […]

Hand in Hand: Author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

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Anyone who has dared to reach for a far-off horizon knows what it takes. It takes a mighty pair of hands to craft a chain, build a bridge, make a change. It takes a mighty pair of hands to seize an opportunity. To grab a ball and run with it. To hold on tight as […]

Dreaming Up: Author/Illustrator Christy Hale’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

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Many summers ago I studied painting in Barcelona. I visited several Antoni Gaudí buildings but was awestruck by La Sagrada Família. The fluid, twisting turrets were unlike anything I’d ever seen — except maybe a sandcastle. Gaudí’s work is as playful and exuberant as a child’s. Dreaming Up is my celebration of the ways that […]

Black Dog: Author/Illustrator Levi Pinfold’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Hello. This is me speaking, but it is not me speaking. As you have likely been informed of this fact beforehand, I realize I have no need to explain that I am not here. However, I thought I would double-check just in case anyone thought I was someone else. Which I am not. But I […]

Open This Little Book: Illustrator Suzy Lee’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Publisher Victoria Rock, on behalf of Suzy Lee: Suzy recently made the long journey from Seoul, Korea, to the United States to participate in the National Book Festival in Washington, DC — in fact, the poster for the festival this year features a painting of Suzy’s that is based on the closing image in Open […]

Open This Little Book: Author Jesse Klausmeier’s 2013 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

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Mr. Roger Sutton and the Horn Book, I can’t imagine this world of children’s books without you and your team in it. HUGE thanks to the incredible Suzy Lee!!! I cannot even imagine this book without her as a partner. And the tireless Boston Globe–Horn Book Award judges: Sarah Ellis, Pamela Yosca, and Karen Kosko. […]

A Corner of White: Author Jaclyn Moriarty’s 2013 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

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Thank you so much to the organizers and judges, to Scholastic, and to my agent, Jill Grinberg. A special thank you to Arthur Levine, for his extraordinary insight, intelligence, and encouragement. A Corner of White is the first in a trilogy about an imaginary world called the Kingdom of Cello. I called the kingdom “Cello” […]