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Archives for June 2012

A Profile of Kadir Nelson

By Donna Bray It was May 2008, and I had just started my first new job in twelve years, as co-publisher of a new imprint at HarperCollins. I was energized, excited — and, frankly, a bit terrified. Being an editor without any books in the pipeline is, I imagine, like being a librarian with empty […]

2012 CSK Author Award Acceptance

By Kadir Nelson Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here with you to celebrate the work of African American authors and illustrators whose books have been chosen as the best of the best of 2011. I feel privileged to share the company of esteemed peers whom I have long admired. I have always considered […]

Children’s books LIVE!

Two weeks ago Peter and the Starcatcher won five Tony Awards, including best performance by an actor in a featured role. The play, which is based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter Pan prequel series, received nine total nominations. This children’s literature/theater connection sparked my curiosity, so I did a little research on the […]

2012 Coretta Scott King — Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Acceptance

By Ashley Bryan To be honored in the name of Virginia Hamilton, a person and artist I loved, opens personal feelings and the meaning of her lifetime achievement award. Virginia remains an ongoing inspiration in my life. I have recollections of time spent with her when the warmth and light of her personality enriched those […]

Live Five Two

Yesterday, Shane Evans had me making music noises like the young people do these days; who knows what’s in store today? Come to the Horn Book booth and see. (By the way, our guys Guy and Mike have been video-recording all of the interviews, and we’ll be posting them to our YouTube channel after the […]

Live Five Begins

The Live Five interviews begin at 10:00AM this morning with Thanhha Lai, National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner for Inside Out and Back Again. (The whole schedule can be found here.) I think I’m ready–about fifty-four of the sixty questions I’ll be asking this weekend are completed and I know the missing six will […]

“My Favorite Caldecott” matching game featuring Beth Krommes

Beth Krommes received the 2009 Caldecott Medal for The House in the Night, written by Susan Marie Swanson. Her black, white, and gold scratchboard art perfectly complements the poetic bedtime tale.  Guess which of the titles below is the illustrator’s favorite Caldecott winner. a) Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2005) b) My Friend […]

Live Five at ALA Schedule

At ALA this weekend, Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton will put the 2012 winners and honorees on the spot with a live version of our “Five Questions” feature at the Library Journals booth (#2234). The star-studded line-up: Saturday, June 23 10:00 AM Thanhha Lai, Newbery honoree for Inside Out and Back Again 11:00 […]

Chopsticks app review

Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral’s young adult novel Chopsticks (Penguin/Razorbill, February 2012) tells the story of seventeen-year-old piano prodigy Gloria Fleming. Lonely Glory seems to have little in her life but her music and her demanding father/teacher; her mother died several years ago. Then Frank Mendoza, a recent arrival from Argentina, moves in next door, […]

Reviews of select books by Mary Downing Hahn

Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn Middle School, High School Clarion 330 pp. (4/12) 978-0-547-76062-9 A quintessential writer of supernatural stories, Hahn here gives readers a glimpse at real ghosts from her past, a 1955 murder of two teenage girls near her home. She takes that situation, retains the original setting, provides immediacy […]