Newbery 2014: The Year in Words

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“You’ve got winner written all over you,” says the Whack-a-Duck man in Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee’s Bink & Gollie: Two For One, winner of the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. “How I love it when little ladies win large donuts.” Kate DiCamillo is having a very good year. On January […]

A Profile of Kate DiCamillo

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Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes: Incandesto is a towering beam of light; Ulysses is a squirrel; and Kate DiCamillo, of course, is a writer of children’s books. “For heaven’s sake,” I can hear Tootie Tickham asking, “what kind of superhero writes?” And it’s true that Kate may not be your typical cape-wearing, crime-fighting […]

ALA Awards 2014: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca on January 27, 2014, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. […]

Reviews of the 2014 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by K. G. Campbell (Candlewick) Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman’s life changes when she resuscitates a squirrel after his near-death experience with her neighbor’s Ulysses 2000X vacuum. Flora discovers that the incident has caused the squirrel, whom she also names Ulysses, to acquire superpowers. Despite […]

Profiles of Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt’s mother and daughter profile the author to celebrate her 1983 Newbery Medal Award win for Dicey’s Song. by Elise K. Irving When Cynthia called that Monday night, she asked if I was sitting down before she told me that she had won the Newbery. And she was right. It is an overwhelming honor. […]

Impressions from the 2013 Newbery–Caldecott banquet

Three Newbery Medalists in the ladies room at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet: Patricia MacLachlan, Cynthia Voigt, Katherine Paterson. Photo: Martha Parravano.

I’ve been lucky enough to attend quite a few Newbery–Caldecott banquets, and I wouldn’t have missed a single one, but — let’s be honest — there can be low-lights as well as highlights. An introduction may go on too long; a speech may be less than scintillating; the food may be bland at best; and […]

2013 ALA Round-Up

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Suffering from ALA withdrawal? (Or maybe envy?) The Horn Book is here to help — we’ve got plenty of coverage of this year’s events. For even more, check out the July/August 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Profile of Caldecott Award winner Jon Klassen by his friend and collaborator Mac Barnett. Caldecott 2013: “The […]

Newbery 2013

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On the one hand, it was a very good year for children’s books. The number of books that fit the Newbery’s definition of  “distinguished contribution to American literature for children” was, to my mind, unusually extensive. What they all had in common  was their excellence; in other ways, from genre to format to tone to […]

A Profile of Katherine Applegate

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Katherine Applegate was born a very long time ago in Michigan. She grew up in the suburbs, suffered no major traumas, was not shaped by great historical events, and never learned storytelling at the feet of a wise and wonderful grandmother. She attended school where she practiced obsessive hand-washing, procrastination, oversensitivity to insults, and the […]

ALA 2013 photos

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More photos from our sister, SLJ, contributing editor Rocco Staino, featuring Ours Truly in trademark bow tie.