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Horn Book Magazine – July/August 2016

July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Table of Contents

Special Issue: Awards


“Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan” by Nikki Giovanni
A poem written on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday (three Julys ago).

2015 in Review
Two critics consider the books, the awards, and what we were all talking about.

“The Year in Pictures” by Julie Danielson
“The Year in Words” by Betsy Bird

Wilder Medal Acceptance by Jerry Pinkney

A profile of Jerry Pinkney by Barbara Elleman

Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Sophie Blackall

A profile of Sophie Blackall by Susan Rich

Newbery Medal Acceptance by Matt de la Peña

A profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer Buehler

“The Enduring Footprints of Peter, Ezra Jack Keats, and The Snowy Day” by Kathleen T. Horning
Looking back at a seminal 1962 picture book — and forward, too.

Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance by Rita Williams-Garcia

A profile of Rita Williams-Garcia by Deborah Taylor

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Acceptance by Bryan Collier

A profile of Bryan Collier by Tamar Brazis


“Last Stop, First Steps” by Roger Sutton
A wider vision for the Newbery, redux.

“2016 Mind the Gap Awards” by Horn Book Editors
The books that didn’t win.

From The Guide
“Celebrating Music”
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.


Book Reviews

Audiobook Reviews


On the Web
July/August Starred Books
Index to Advertisers
Index to Books Reviewed

Cover © 2016 by Sophie Blackall. Page 2 art from Last Stop on Market Street. Illustration © 2015 by Christian Robinson.




  1. What a simply glorious magazine cover. This may be my all time HB favorite. Whimsical and stunning.

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