The Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2014

March/April 2014 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents   Features Leonard S. Marcus 14 An Interview with Neal Porter A renowned publisher shares his insight into the current state of picture books. Jon Scieszka and Molly Leach 28 Design Matters The classic Horn Book article — now in color. Julie Danielson 44 Just Enjoy the Pictures: Hand-Crafted Versus Digital Art […]

Editorial: As Pretty Does

Back in 1998, the Horn Book Magazine published a special issue devoted to picture books. With articles about picture book history, reviewing and writing picture books, and a baker’s dozen of first-person “Studio Views,” it became a children’s lit classroom staple and is easily the most requested special issue we’ve produced. We ran out of […]

Studio Views: Pen, Ink, Watercolor, Repeat

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I began my illustration career with black and white work. I was much more of a drawer than a painter, much more comfortable with line than with color. One of the things that attracted me to the combination of pen-and-ink and watercolor back then was that watercolor’s transparency allowed me to create color pieces while […]

2013 Horn Book Magazine index available

March/April 2013 Horn Book Magazine cover

For your convenience, the 2013 annual Horn Book Magazine index is now available as a PDF. Previous years’ indices for both The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide may be found in our annual index archive. Enjoy exploring!

Horn Book Magazine March/April starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the March/April 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine (and don’t forget it’s a special one): My Bus; written and illustrated by Byron Barton (Greenwillow) Caminar; by Skila Brown (Candlewick) The Children of the King; by Sonya Hartnett (Candlewick) The Cracks in the Kingdom [Colors of Madeleine]; by Jaclyn Moriarty (Levine/Scholastic) Firefly July: A Year of Very […]

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

Hand in Hand

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 […]