Design Matters

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by Jon Scieszka Designed by Molly Leach [original print version] Design is an essential part of any picture book. It is the first aspect of a book that a reader judges. It is the framework for the text and illustration. It is the subtle weave of words and pictures that allows both to tell one […]

>BEA

>The last time I was at BEA it was called ABA and I had just started working here. What I remember most, along with the glitz and giveaways that made ALA look like a sidewalk sale, was one renowned (his word) author of joke books coming over to angrily berate me for the fact that  […]

>In the footsteps of giants

>I’m going to New York next week to help select the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and I’m taking names. Here are the criteria: Author or illustrator of fiction or nonfiction booksU.S. citizen, living in the U.S.Excellent and facile communicatorDynamic and engaging personalityKnown ability to relate to children; communicates well and regularly with […]

>A Great Choice

>Jon Scieszka (rhymes with n’est-ce pas) has been named the first “national ambassador for young people’s literature.” I talked to Jon last summer about boys and reading; hear all about it in our podcast (scroll down).

Reader’s Request, or, YOU ASKED FOR IT

(A new, and possibly never-to-be-seen-again, feature in the Horn Book where writers respond instantly to requests from readers)   Dear Horn Book, As a teacher-librarian I read to children and talk with them about books, authors, and illustrators. Sometimes I am not sure I am pronouncing writers’ names correctly. Tomie dePaola is an example. I […]