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Caldecott at 75 extras

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Caldecott cookie.The Caldecott Medal marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this year. In a year-long series of articles, librarian and children's literature historian K. T. Horning looked at one seminal but unheralded Caldecott book of each decade — identifying trends, noting the changing nature of the picture book, wrestling with issues and...
      

The Horn Book Magazine — November/December 2013

Table of Contents FeaturesChristopher Myers10Young DreamersWhat if George Zimmerman had read The Snowy Day?Linda Sue Park 17Writer vs. AuthorThe author's 2013 Zena Sutherland lecture.ColumnsRoger Sutton7EditorialIt's Your PartyRoger puts on a fresh bow tie and goes out on the town(s).Angela J. ReynoldsField NotesThe Y-Librarian™: An App for Book ReadersOver 100 years in development!Available...
      

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1980-1989

1980DONALD HALLOx-Cart Man (Viking)Illustrated by Barbara CooneyLike a pastoral symphony translated into picture book format, the stunning combination of text and illustrations re-creates the mood of nineteenth-century rural New England. Economical and straightforward, the narrative achieves a poetic tone through the use of alliteration and  repetition, as in the description...
      

George Nicholson on Gerald McDermott's Arrow to the Sun

Gerald McDermott and a young fan. Photo courtesy of ALSC.While doing the research for my article Arrow to the Sun and Critical Controversies (Sept./Oct. 2013 Horn Book Magazine), I came across several references to author Gerald McDermott's first children's book editor at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, George Nicholson, and the...
      

The Horn Book Magazine — September/October 2013

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Table of Contents FeaturesBarbara Bader11Persons of InterestThe untold rewards of picture book biographies.Ariel Baker-Gibbs and Deirdre Baker28Sign in PrintThe unique challenges AmericanSign Language presents for writers.Christina Chant Sullivan51Disturbing (or Not?) Young Adult FictionA middle school teacher's mixed feelingsabout assigning "disturbing" books.ColumnsRoger Sutton7EditorialBooks Built from the Ground UpReframing the debate about "multicultural"...
      

A Profile of Gerald McDermott

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by Priscilla Moulton from left: Gerald McDermott, Priscilla Moulton, and former Horn Book editor Paul Heins. Photo courtesy of the Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association. Used with permission.The awarding of the 1975 Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun (Viking) concludes a critical period for Gerald McDermott,...
      

On the Rainbow Trail

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by Gerald McDermottI’ve been on a journey past paper mountains, flying men, foolish spiders, talking trees, and the flaming arrows of the solar fire. It  has been a journey of discovery through the bizarre and exotic forms of world mythology. The Rainbow Trail has become a path for my work...
      

Horn Book reviews of Caldecott Medal winners, 1970-1979

1970WILLIAM STEIG, Author-Illustrator Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Windmill/Simon)Sylvester the young donkey was a pebble collector; one day he found a flaming red stone, shiny and round — and quite  unaccountably able to grant wishes. Overjoyed, Sylvester was planning to share his magic with his family when "a mean, hungry...
      

2013 ALA Round-Up

Caldecott cookie.Suffering from ALA withdrawal? (Or maybe envy?) The Horn Book is here to help — we've got plenty of coverage of this year's events. For even more, check out the July/August 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.Profile of Caldecott Award winner Jon Klassen by his friend and collaborator...
      

Ed Emberley

by Barbara EmberleyEd’s first instruction concerning this biography was to make it just that — a biography, not an appreciation. So I will do as he requested and “stick to the facts.”To begin, Ed’s full name is Edward Randolph Emberley. He was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on October 19, 1931....

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