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2018 in review

Happy New Year! We hope your year is full of great reads and good friends. Before we ring in 2019, though, let’s take a look back at 2018 — we had a very busy year!2018 ALA Awards coverageMay/June 2018 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: Making a Difference2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book...
      

2018 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn't win at ALA

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. The books that didn’t win.     Shuttered      Windows by Julia Denos, illus. by E. B. Goodale       Silenced   The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, illus. by Eugene Yelchin       Cracked...
      

Reviews of 2018 Mind the Gap Award winners

Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards. Our annual Mind the Gap Awards pay tribute to our favorite books that didn’t win. Here’s how we reviewed our 2018 winners. Windowsby Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. GoodalePreschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99“At the end of the day,...
      

An Interview with Denene Millner

In 2016 Chicago-based Agate Publishing announced the launch of a new line under its Bolden Books imprint dedicated to the work of African American authors. Writer, editor, journalist, and founder of the parenting website MyBrownBaby.com, Denene Millner began her eponymous imprint at Agate as “a love letter to children of...
      

2017 in Review: The Year in Pictures

Travis: I feel like we should begin with a great quote about children’s book illustration. Got one handy?Jules: Well, it’s not about illustration, but given this year’s Caldecott winner, I choose: “Hooooooooowwlll!”On that note, Travis, what are some of the things that stood out for you about the 2018 ALA...
      

2017 in Review: The Year in Words

Literature, whether for adults or young readers, often reflects its time. Each year at awards time, along with such perennial debates as popularity versus literary quality, subjectivity, and age appropriateness, critics often focus on thematic treatments that are on the general public’s minds. Recent times have been challenging for many,...
      

ALA 2018: So many choices, so little time, wear comfy shoes

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ALA is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, with myriad paths to follow. I missed out on a lot (Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty, the sold-out CSK Breakfast — see Martha's post), but everything I did see left me invigorated and in awe. Alia Jones, Cynthia Leitich Smith,...
      

ALA 2018: The CSK Breakfast

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast is always a memorable, moving, and transformative experience, the best event at ALA Annual — and this year more than ever (or do I say that every year?). The sold-out event (more on that later) began with a slight glitch — there were no...
      

2018 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield, winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement AwardThank you, Deborah Taylor and members of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Jury, for this honor. Virginia Hamilton was a writer of great power, dedicated to creating outstanding literature for children, and this award, in...
      

2018 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Ekua Holmes

Ekua Holmes. Photo: Clennon King.Good morning, and thank you, everyone, for being here to celebrate these awards and honors with us. To all the honorees, I feel like we are at a family gathering. Isn’t it fitting that this event takes place on a Sunday? In my family, Sunday was...

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