Subscribe to The Horn Book

Archives for January 2012

Reviews of the 2012 Newbery winners

Winner: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Farrar) Starred review in The Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2011 Who but Jack Gantos would get a summer job typing up obituaries for his arthritic neighbor, the town’s unofficial historian; have a best friend who “grew up in a house full of dead people”; and need to […]

Kadir Nelson Talks with Roger

Roger Sutton: Your new book, Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, weaves together historical facts—about slavery, the Emancipation Proclamation, real people like Rosa Parks and Dr. King—with the stories of the relatives of your fictional narrator. It must have been quite complicated to do. What was your entry point? Kadir Nelson: […]

ALA/ALSC announces Caldecott

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka won and the honor books were           Blackout by John Rocco, Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, and Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. Did you all listen to the awards live? Robin is in Dallas and will probably call me sometime today. I was here at work with the […]

Mock Caldecott DIY

We  got a good question on another post that I think deserves its own space. Here it is: Comment from s.j. on “Are you in mourning?“: For those who did mock Caldecotts with students, I would love some more information and tips on doing one for next year! I have some mixed-grade classes (1, 2, […]

To honor or not to honor

Picking honor books is one of the mysterious parts of the whole book committee experience. On the Caldecott committee, the manual is strangely quiet on the question of honor books. After the winner is (finally, sometimes) chosen, “The committee then addresses the question of whether to name honor books. The committee may name as many or […]

Reading recommendations for mythology buffs

We’ve just put up a list of recommended mythology-related books, published and reviewed in the Magazine in the last few years. Enjoy!

Mythology-themed books

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   PICTURE BOOKS Suggested grade level listed with each entry. Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas (Scholastic) Simple, colloquial language renders myth into farce, with cartoonlike characters ranging from the appealing boy […]

Are you in mourning?

Award committees, both real and mock, can give you extreme highs and lows. Just being on a real committee can be a high, and I remember walking on air for a few days after I learned that I’d been elected to the Caldecott committee. But there are lows as well, like when the stack of […]

Me…Jane wins Calling Caldecott vote

The winner of the 2012 Calling Caldecott mock vote is Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell!             The four honor books are Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet Blackout by John Rocco Grandpa Green by Lane Smith I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen […]

Review of 10 Hungry Rabbits

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts by Anita Lobel; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Knopf    24 pp. 2/12    978-0-375-86864-1    $9.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-96864-8    $12.99    g When Mama Rabbit announces her plans to make vegetable soup for dinner, her ten children — each one wearing a different color — gather ten matching colorful ingredients: […]