“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Lois Lowry

Photo by Matt McKee

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) […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Erin E. Stead

Photo by Nicole Haley

2012 BGHB honoree Erin E. Stead received the 2011 Caldecott for A Sick Day for Amos McGee (written by husband Philip C. Stead). When Amos, a kindly zookeeper, is stuck home with a cold, his charges visit to cheer him up. Guess which of the titles below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner. a) Sylvester and […]

“My Favorite Newbery” matching game featuring Neil Gaiman

photo by Philippe Matas

Neil Gaiman won the 2009 Newbery Medal for The Graveyard Book, the Jungle Book–inspired story of a living boy raised by ghosts. Guess which of these titles is his favorite Newbery winner. a) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (2012) b) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1963) c) When You Reach Me […]

Put on your thinking caps! A Medalist matching game


The Horn Book Magazine asked Newbery and Caldecott Medalists Jerry Pinkney, Lois Lowry, Erin E. Stead, and David Wiesner (just to name a few!) to choose their favorite winning books from years past. Over the next few weeks, we’re putting readers to the test with a Medalist matching game. For each author or illustrator, you’ll […]

If Babies Ran The Horn Book, Part 4 of 4

If Babies Ran the Horn Book...New blog: Wean Roger

On onions and existentialism

The Onion's Great Escape by Sara Fanelli

Help! There is an onion trapped in this book, destined for certain death! It is up to us to save her from the Big Fry, the greatest fear of onions everywhere. But this onion has hope: “Yet I have been told / That there’s a way out / For an ONION who challenges, / Questions […]

If Babies Ran The Horn Book, Part 3 of 4

If Babies Ran the Horn Book...Instead of "blowing the horn for fine books," we'd be blowing bubbles and raspberries.

Arts + crafts with Ivy + Bean

Owen is a big Ivy + Bean fan

I’m a big fan of the Ivy + Bean series, so when the Ivy + Bean Button Factory (Chronicle, March) arrived in the office, it made its way to my desk (thanks, Katie!). For $12.99 you get enough materials to make fifteen buttons, featuring illustrations of Ivy and Bean by Sophie Blackall plus such quotable […]

If Babies Ran The Horn Book, Part 2 of 4

If Babies Ran the Horn Book...New column: What Makes a Good Book...Taste Good?

If Babies Ran The Horn Book, Part 1 of 4

If Babies Ran the Horn Book...