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2016 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends.Before we ring in 2017, though, let’s take a look back at 2016 — we had a very busy year!BGHB 2016 coverageFanfare 2016ALA 2016 coverageRemembering children's lit Great Ladies Lois Duncan, Anna Dewdney, and Natalie Babbitt;...
      

Week in Review, July 11th-15th

This week on hbook.com…We're celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators!  Mind the Gap Awards: the books that didn't win at ALA Reviews of 2016 Mind the Gap Award winnersSee all of our 2016 ALA coverage here.July's Notes: 5Q for Lauren Wolk, middle-grade historical fiction, preschool books...
      

Week in Review, July 4th-8th

This week on hbook.com…We're celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators!  "2015 in Review: The Year in Words" by Elizabeth Bird "2015 in Review: The Year in Pictures" by Julie Danielson "2016 Mind the Gap Awards": the books that didn’t win at ALA "ALA and Harry Potter"...
      

2016 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

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Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win.     The dog ate your medal   The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach       Dancing in the dark   The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma       Lost in...
      

2015 in Review: The Year in Pictures

2015 was a striking, if fractious, year for picture books. At ALA, picture books were in the spotlight not just for their usual recognition — with Sophie Blackall receiving the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie — but also for winning top awards in many more categories: the Batchelder Award...
      

2015 in Review: The Year in Words

The year was 2015. A year in which so many people from so many backgrounds said so much about books with so few words.It was a year in which people didn’t just discuss books. They cheered and argued, raged and kvetched, praised them and condemned them.Social media wasn’t new in...
      

Hbook Podcast 1.18 - ALA and Harry Potter

Podcast the eighteenth in which Roger and Siân talk ALA, Harry Potter, and committees.Book(s) we talk aboutJ. K. Rowling, Harry Potter books (audio by Jim Dale)People we talk aboutMarcus SedgwickVicky SmithVictoria Stapleton, Director of School and Library Marketing, Little BrownMartha ParravanoFrances HardingeDavid GreenoughDan SantatDina Sherman, School and Library Marketing Director, Disney-Hyperion...
      

Week in Review: June 27th-July 1st

This week on hbook.com…All week we've been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners' acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week! Matt de la Peña's Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña...
      

Lots of ALA 2016 love

All week we've been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners' acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week!Newbery Medal: Matt de la Peña's Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer...
      

Becoming “A Better Witness for What’s Beautiful”: Reading Last Stop on Market Street with Children

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Last Stop on Market Street was among my top choices for 2016 Caldecott gold, so I was delighted when illustrator Christian Robinson won both Coretta Scott King and Caldecott honors. And, like many in the room at the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements last January, I was also surprised —...

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