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Archives for 2001

Horn Book Fanfare 2001

Best books of 2001 Chosen annually by our editors, Fanfare is The Horn Book Magazine’s selection of the best children’s and young adult books of the year. Picture Books Milo’s Hat Trick written and illustrated by Jon Agee (di Capua/Hyperion) The Adventures of Bert written by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Raymond Briggs (Farrar) My Car […]

Childhood, Stories, and Politics

by Vera B. Williams One of my childhood pleasures was riding on my father’s shoulders to see and be part of the great crowds gathered for the May 1st international workers’ celebration that was socialist in origin and long preceded our Labor Day. I also took part in the traditional May Day ritual at my […]

The Needle in the Nightlight

In a book called Zero to Lazy Eight: The Romance of Numbers, the chapter on the number seven includes this paragraph: In both the Roman Catholic Church and the Islamic faith, seven is the age of reason. Muslims below that age are not expected to observe the rituals of prayer and fasting that form a […]

The Republic of Heaven

What happens to the Kingdom of Heaven when the King dies? And what has this to do with children’s literature? Children’s books, as readers of this journal are well aware, are capable of expressing just about any idea, and illuminating just about any subject. Well, I certainly haven’t read all the children’s books there are; […]

Escalating Offenses

“I admit I’ve made mistakes, but I’m not a bad human being.” It was a phrase I heard dozens of times during the series of prison interviews I conducted. The young, articulate man who sat on the opposite side of the long table had gunned down two guards in a botched armored car robbery. Both […]

Letters to the Editor from September/October 2001

These Letters to the Editor are in response to Marc Aronson’s article in the May/June 2001 Horn Book Magazine, “Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes.” In the September/October 2001 Magazine, Andrea Davis Pinkney responded with her article, “Awards that Stand on Solid Ground.” Marc Aronson says he wants to debate the merits of what he calls […]

Awards that Stand on Solid Ground

It was with great interest that I read Marc Aronson’s article, “Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes,” in the May/June 2001 issue of this publication. I appreciate the author’s insight into ALA awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Award (CSK) and the Pura Belpré, that celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversities of authors and illustrators. […]

Letters to the Editor from September/October 2001

These Letters to the Editor are in response to Marc Aronson’s article in the May/June 2001 Horn Book Magazine, “Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes.” In the September/October 2001 Magazine, Andrea Davis Pinkney responded with her article, “Awards that Stand on Solid Ground.” Marc Aronson says he wants to debate the merits of what he calls […]

Awards that Stand on Solid Ground

It was with great interest that I read Marc Aronson’s article, “Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes,” in the May/June 2001 issue of this publication. I appreciate the author’s insight into ALA awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Award (CSK) and the Pura Belpré, that celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversities of authors and illustrators. […]

Profile of 2001 Newbery Medal winner Richard Peck

by Marc Talbert The Call. There are many great stories about Newbery Award–winning authors receiving The Call. The Call can come at any time on that fateful day during the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting. It is almost always a surprise. It is almost always received with an awkward and unrehearsed combination of disbelief and […]