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Archives for June 2011

July/August 2011 special issue: Awards

The July/August Horn Book Magazine is out, and selected articles are on our website, including profiles of the Newbery, Caldecott, and Wilder medalists and the CSK author and illustrator award recipients. And don’t miss K.T. Horning’s eye-opening “Secrecy and the Newbery Medal”. . . in which much history is related and several secrets revealed.

The one, the only

Eric Carle will appear at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA the weekend of July 15th and 16th. On Saturday, July 15th, at 5 p.m., Mr. Carle will host a ceremony to honor his mentor Leo Lionni and unveil Mr. Lionni’s bronze sculpture Imaginary Garden. A reception with Mr. Carle […]

Bummer of a summer movie

After posting last week about Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (Smokewood, June 2011; PG) movie tie-in books, I went to see how Judy translated to the big screen. I had already read some less-than-stellar reviews of the movie, and the novelization based on the screenplay didn’t live up to the original nine books. […]

Mr. Popper goes to the movies

Last Friday, Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Fox, June 2011; PG) opened in movie theaters. It is very loosely based on the beloved 1938 novel by Richard and Florence Atwater, which focuses on an absent-minded house painter who longs to travel to the Poles. The novel’s Mr. Popper receives a gift of twelve penguins from Admiral Drake […]

>Where are the SERIOUS books?

>When Twitter alerted me to this–well, naive might be understating things–report on last month’s Book Expo, all I could think of was Fran Leibowitz’s observation (I paraphrase) that “the girl in high school who insists that the drama club put on The Bald Soprano will be a thorn in the side of everyone she meets […]

Summer reading

To help usher in warmer weather — which has finally arrived in the northeast — here are two new books by veteran author-illustrators: Geisel Medal–winner Mo Willems’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? and, for older readers, Postcards from Camp by Simms Taback, recipient of the 2000 Caldecott Medal. Elephant Gerald has a delicious moral […]

>Alex Forrest, at your service

>In anticipation of the Big Banquet a week from Sunday, I’m giving you an early look at Mind the Gap, our annual list of those books snubbed by the ALA Awards. Okay, snubbed is harsh–overlooked? Dismissed? Ignored? (For the literalists: we know that not all of our choices were eligible, but we’re still coming to […]

5+ questions for David Carter

Pop-up whiz David A. Carter recently collaborated with Ruckus Media on Spot the Dot, a concept-learning app where users search for colored dots in increasingly complex settings. The kaleidoscopic screens of brightly colored shapes roaming around black backgrounds are exciting just to look at, but even better is the way the app engages users in […]

>HB at ALA

>Here is a handy page with all our ALA booth info including the Live Five schedule and how to get your copy of the gawjus Awards issue, published the day after the Big Banquet. Plus, there’s going to be a drawing to get a spa day. In fifteen years in this job I have never […]


Get out your pink boa and sunglasses! This past Friday the movie Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, based on the bestselling book series by author Megan McDonald and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, opened in theaters. Whether or not you had a chance to see it in the theaters this past weekend, here are […]