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Photos from the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference

Kazia Berkley-Cramer, ribbon model. Photo: Elissa GershowitzWhat a fantastic, productive time we had at ALA Midwinter 2016. How nice that it was in our own backyard, Boston, and even nicer that it didn't snow -- though Cali boy Mac Barnett was still cold, despite natty inside-hat-and-scarf.We drank a little champagne...

ALA Awards 2016: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street and Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie on January 11, 2016, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Boston. Also announced at the gathering were...

Reviews of the 2016 Sibert Award winners

Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaverasby Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate Abrams 40 pp.8/15 978-1-4197-1647-8 $18.95Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four...

Reviews of the 2016 Batchelder Award winners

Winner:The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishyby Beatrice Alemagna; illus. by the author; trans. from the French by Claudia Zoe BedrickPrimary     Enchanted Lion     44 pp.9/15     978-1-59270-180-3     $18.95After Eddie overhears her sister say "birthday — Mommy — fuzzy — little — squishy," she frets, "She's going to give Mom the most amazing present!"...

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Musicby Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael LópezPrimary    Houghton    40 pp.3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums....

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner:Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoirby Margarita EngleMiddle School   Atheneum   195 pp.8/15   978-1-4814-3522-2   $17.99   ge-book ed. 978-1-4814-3524-6   $10.99Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own past...

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Trombone Shortyby Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan CollierPrimary   Abrams   40 pp.4/15   978-1-4197-1465-8   $17.95In New Orleans parlance, “Where y’at?” means “hello.” As an opening greeting (repeated three times, creating a jazzy beat), it also signals the beginning of this conversational and personable 
autobiography. Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, concentrates on...

Reviews of the 2016 CSK Author Award winners

Winner:Gone Crazy in Alabamaby Rita Williams-GarciaIntermediate, Middle School   Amistad/HarperCollins   291 pp.4/15   978-0-06-221587-1   $16.99Library ed. 978-0-06-221588-8   $17.89   ge-book ed. 978-0-06-221590-1   $9.99Williams-Garcia says goodbye to the Gaither family (One Crazy Summer, rev. 3/10; P. S. Be Eleven, rev. 5/13) in this involving and emotional concluding installment. It’s been a year since Delphine,...

Reviews of the 2016 Printz Award winners

Winner:Bone Gapby Laura RubyHigh School   Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins   353 pp.3/15   978-0-06-231760-5   $17.99Finn has always been considered a little strange, and now that Roza has disappeared, his small town of Bone Gap holds him responsible. Finn alleges that she was kidnapped, but he cannot offer up a useful description of the...

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian RobinsonPrimary     Putnam     32 pp.1/15     978-0-399-25774-2     $16.99CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we...

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