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Archives for December 2012

Extra Yarn: Illustrator Jon Klassen’s 2012 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Illustrators are notoriously good at giving speeches. When they decide to get into illustration, it is secretly because they know how good they are at public speaking, and they can’t wait until the day when they win an award so they can finally show a room full of literary people how great they are at […]

Review of Bailey at the Museum

Bailey at the Museum by Harry Bliss; illus. by the author Primary    Scholastic    32 pp. 9/12    978-0-545-23345-3    $16.99 In his second adventure, the irrepressible titular hound from Bailey (rev. 11/11) — the only dog in Mrs. Smith’s class — is excited about the field trip to the Museum of Natural History. Though his classmates are […]

Personal Progress Toward the Orient*

by Thomas Handforth *Paper read at the meeting of the Section for Work with Children on the occasion of the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco, June 20, 1939. My progress to the Orient began apparently with my first baby steps and observations. I was born in Tacoma and spent my childhood on the […]

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1938-1939

Below are original Horn Book Magazine reviews of Caldecott Medal winners from the inaugural 1938 award to 1939. 1938 DOROTHY LATHROP Animals of the Bible, A Picture Book (Stokes) Twenty-seven pictures presenting the Creation, Noah’s Ark, Abraham’s ram, Daniel’s lions, Jonah’s great fish, the Good Samaritan’s beast, the Prodigal Son’s pigs and many others less […]

Thomas Handforth’s “Mei Li”

reviewed by Elizabeth Coatsworth No picture book of the year is more beautiful than Mei Li, the story of the adventure of a little Chinese girl going with her brother to the nearby town to see the winter fair, and returning by camel to their farm in time to welcome the arrival of the Kitchen […]

Tribute to an Artist-Wanderer

by Louise Seaman Bechtel In the late twenties and early thirties, a happy brew was stirring in the children’s book field; much of its spice and a good deal of the steam of the cooking came from the number of artists from all over the world who contributed to its bookmaking. The artists as well […]

Secret Origami

Origami is an fun craft experience for both boys and girls, and the paper shapes created can serve purposes beyond the decorative. At least, that’s what these two Secret Origami books, Origami X: Paper Folding for Secret Agents and Origami XOXO: Paper Folding for Special Secrets (Capstone, August 2012), propose! In Origami X, Nick Robinson […]

The Horn Book’s sweet holidays

It began as a typical Tuesday for the intern duo of Marisa and Ariel. There were books to be shelved and packages to be be sorted. But when Ariel pried open a box from Kids Can Press, the unlikely aroma of baked goods spilled out instead of your standard picture book. A white box was […]

The Story of “Mei Li”*

by Thomas Handforth *A paper read at the Newbery-Caldecott dinner at the Sixty-first Annual Conference of the American Library Association meeting in San Francisco. This paper and the one following, “Personal Progress Toward the Orient,” are published for their permanent value in place of the informal remarks made by Mr. Handforth as he accepted the […]

Animal SnApp: Farm app review

Animal SnApp, developer Nosy Crow’s latest series of preschooler apps, kicks off with Animal SnApp: Farm (October 2012) illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Six alliteratively named barnyard denizens are introduced in a puzzle which asks users to swipe their screen and align the animals’ top and bottom halves. Correctly matching the pieces and completing an animal […]