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Week in Review, January 23rd - 27th

This week on hbook.com…The ALA Youth Media Award winners were announced Monday morning at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta! All of our coverage — including you-are-there reports — is available at the tag ALA Midwinter 2017; read our reviews of the winners here: Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Belpré Award...
      

ALA Youth Media Announcement Report

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As promised, here's my view of Monday morning's YMAs in Atlanta. As a member of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Jury, my morning started at 6:30 AM, when I arrived at the convention center. Like many of the award committees, my committee was meeting before the 8 AM announcement ceremony...
      

Making a Difference: ALAYMA17 edition

This month we've been celebrating people who have Made a Difference by effecting positive change in the world — click the tag hbmadjan17 and follow @HornBook #HBMaDJan17 and Facebook.com/TheHornBook.So many of this year's just-announced ALA Youth Media Award winners fit perfectly with this month's mission of "Blowing the horn for...
      

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on January 23rd, 2017, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Atlanta....
      

Reviews of the 2017 Printz Award winners

Winner: March: Book Threeby John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate PowellMiddle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp.8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    gThis final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Batchelder Award winners

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Winner:Cry, Heart, but Never Breakby Glenn Ringtved; illus. by 
Charlotte Pardi; trans. from the 
Danish by Robert MoulthropPrimary    Enchanted Lion    32 pp.3/16    978-1-59270-187-2    $16.95Four children encounter Death, who has arrived at their country house to claim their beloved grandmother (leaving his scythe outside the door, so as not to frighten...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Sibert Award Winners

Winner: March: Book Threeby John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate PowellMiddle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp.8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    gThis final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner: Juana & Lucasby Juana Medina; illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    90 pp.9/16    978-0-7636-7208-9    $14.99This brisk, episodic (in the best way) chapter book introduces Juana, a young girl living in Bogotá, Colombia, who loves many things: her city, her family, reading, Brussels sprouts, and her dog, Lucas. She does...
      

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner:Lowriders to the Center of the Earth [Lowriders]by Cathy Camper; illus. by Raúl the ThirdIntermediate     Chronicle     128 pp.7/16     978-1-4521-2343-1     $22.99To win a competition, animal friends Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and Flapjack Octopus build a rocket-powered lowrider out of space materials collected as they drive through the galaxy. The unique ballpoint-pen...
      

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiatby Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the authorPrimary Little, Brown 40 pp.10/16 978-0-316-21388-2 $17.99Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in...

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