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Archives for May 2011

What do the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the Horn Book have in common?

We both gave Laurel Croza and I Know Here an award. In response to winning the Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award, Laurel said, That’s me, flash-frozen in disbelief—“whaaaaat!?!”—since I heard I Know Here won a 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Way, way, way beyond my daydreaming orbit, the news too surreal, too out-of-this-world abstract […]

>You have to love someone who could call her own granddaughter a psychopath

>Rocco has a great interview over at SLJ with Paula Fox, who wrote one of the greatest novels I have ever read (One-Eyed Cat) and who is at the heart of the oddest piece of children’s book gossip I have ever heard.

Enough already

Okay, I laughed when I saw the cover of Go the Fuck to Sleep and I laughed again at least through the first half of the pdf of the whole book that has been making the rounds. But when it became A Thing and a big prepub bestseller and people all over the net lining […]

J. Patrick Lewis named new Children’s Poet Laureate

Today J. Patrick Lewis was named the national Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. He’s the third to hold the two-year post, following Jack Prelutsky and Mary Ann Hoberman. In his article “On Originality in Children’s Poetry” in the May 2005 Magazine, Lewis referenced T.S. Eliot’s observation that “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; […]

>For appearances sake

>Because of a scheduling conflict, Martha P. and I will be speaking at the Eric Carle sometime later in the year rather than this month. But I am all set for this evening’s panel discussion at 7:00 P.M. at the Cambridge P.L. with the Scooby-Doo Diversity Gang–Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Deva Fagan, Malinda Lo, […]

Change of plans

Unfortunately, and contrary to yesterday’s post, Horn Book editors Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano will not be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum on May 21st.  The event has been postponed, with the new date to be announced. Fortunately, tonight Roger will indeed moderate a star-studded panel of YA authors discussing “Diversity in Young Adult […]

May Notes out

This month’s Notes from the Horn Book arrives today, including – five questions for Patrick McDonnell – nonfiction picture books for nature lovers – chapter books for young readers – middle-grade audiobooks (with bonus recommended audiobook list) – new young adult fiction Missing out? Sign up to receive the monthly Notes from the Horn Book […]

Five questions for Patrick McDonnell

Where many picture book biographies give a few pages to a subject’s childhood and quickly skip to the more noteworthy adult years, Patrick McDonnell’s Me . . . Jane devotes itself to primatologist Jane Goodall’s youth. Through a powerful synthesis of simple text, artless paintings, and collaged regalia from Jane’s own hand, McDonnell demonstrates two […]

May Notes from the Horn Book

Wherein I interview Patrick McDonnell (Me . . . Jane), and we review more nature books for young children,  three new chapter books, audiobooks for middle-schoolers and some new YA novels.


Horn Book editors Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano will share insights on children’s reading from their book A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. The event (free with museum admission) is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on […]