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Newbery 2013

On the one hand, it was a very good year for children’s books. The number of books that fit the Newbery’s definition of  “distinguished contribution to American literature for children” was, to my mind, unusually extensive. What they all had in common  was their excellence; in other ways, from genre...
      

Caldecott 2013

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As a book reviewer, one of the authors of the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog, and a second-grade teacher, picture books are a huge part of my life. There are times when I feel overwhelmed by them. My dining room table groans with the weight of Books I Love, each...
      

A Profile of Katherine Paterson

Katherine the storyteller.If Scheherazade and Katherine Paterson went tale-to-tale in a 
storytelling contest, Katherine would be the one to keep her head. The Arabian maiden may have managed to stave off death for 1001 nights, but do the math: that’s less than three years.Katherine has been telling stories for forty...
      

A Profile of Katherine Applegate

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Katherine Applegate and Michael GrantKatherine Applegate was born a very long time ago in Michigan. She grew up in the suburbs, suffered no major traumas, was not shaped by great historical events, and never learned storytelling at the feet of a wise and wonderful grandmother.She attended school where she practiced...
      

From the Editor — July 2013

Drumming up business for the Horn Book, I barely got to venture beyond the exhibit hall, but the lines and enthusiasm there showed me that this year’s ALA convention in Chicago was a lively one. From what I heard, the big highlight for children’s librarians was the ALSC preconference “A...
      

ALA 2013 preconference report

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On Friday, June 27, I attended the ALSC preconference, “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal,” which took place at the Art Institute of Chicago and was organized by co-chairs K. T. Horning and Diane Bailey Foote and their planning committee. It was an amazing day, a day...

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