The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Bo at Ballard Creek

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard  Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, Bo at Ballard Creek takes its young heroine […]

2011 National Book Awards

Inside Out and Back Again

2011 National Book Award Winner Inside Out and Back Again has won the 2011 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The prize was presented on November 16, 2011, at the National Book Foundation’s annual dinner and ceremony in New York City. Marc Aronson chaired the judging committee, which also included Ann Brashares, Matt de […]

>No, I have not twatted,

>unlike Stephen Colbert, but I see from Monica that SLJ has set up a Twitter feed for their Battle of the (Kids’) Books. As you will see there, I am a first-round judge for this thing but I’m not allowed to tell you anything else just yet. Okay, let me just say this: Girls, you’re […]

>Palin/McCain for peace and quiet

>Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go has won the Guardian’s children’s fiction prize. The book was published this month in the U.S. by Candlewick and will be reviewed in the November issue of the Horn Book Magazine. It’s an SF novel about a society where people can hear each other think. Like that […]

>The New Laureate

>Sometime Horn Book contributor Madelyn Travis interviews Britain’s new children’s laureate Michael Rosen, he of the funny verse and the very sad book. We love Madelyn here because it was her since-third-grade friendship with our Jennifer Brabander that brought Bridget Jones’s Diary to the Horn Book long before the rest of you had heard of […]

>Being an American Can Be Fun

>SLJ this month runs a short, vague article on possible changes to ALSC book awards criteria. Fuse8 has a pretty good discussion on it going; over here I’d like to consider the larger implied question about American children’s literature. SLJ attributes to K.T. Horning, 50, the idea that the Newbery and Caldecott have “accomplished their […]

>A correction and a repeated complaint

>Re the Printz Award: I posted a while back about how I thought American Born Chinese, published by First Second Books, was not exactly eligible for the award, since it did not seem to me to be expressly published for young adults, an explicit criterion. But I have since heard from the award Chair Cindy […]