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A Note from Me (Jun 25, 2021)

Dear friends: How about them Boston Globe–Horn Book winners? Nothing like good news on a Wednesday to make people happy. Thank you again to our judges Luann Toth (chair), Shoshana Flax, and Nicholl Denice Montgomery; and thank you to our winners’ publishers for hearing the news with such happiness. I...
      

HBTV: Pura Belpré Award Videos

Welcome to HBTV, our exciting new (occasional) children's book-related TV show! In the inaugural episode of HBTV, I talk about the Pura Belpré Awards, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, with Belpré Award winner Meg Medina and award co-founder Sandra Ríos Balderrama.     My Belpré conversation continues in...
      

The Latinx KidLit Book Festival

The year 2020 was challenging — and will forever be associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. But there were some bright spots. The inaugural Latinx KidLit Book Festival, brought to viewers by Las Musas Books — a collective of women and nonbinary Latinx middle-grade, picture book, and YA authors — is...
      

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month, which celebrates “the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.” There are many ways to participate — see the calendar of events. The May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25 offers...
      

Week in Review (May 24th-28th)

  This week on hbook.com... Nidhi Chanani Talks with Roger about Jukebox Memorial Day 2021: The Great Reset and Tomb Guard Values by Jeff Gottesfeld   From the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25: Un Poquito Complicated: Spanish and the Pura Belpré Award...
      

Review of Merci Suárez Can’t Dance

Merci Suárez Can’t Dance by Meg Medina Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    384 pp.    g 4/21    978-0-7636-9050-2    $17.99 Merci navigates the troubles of home and seventh grade — and the gap between the two — with her irresistible combination of spirit and heart in this follow-up to the Newbery-winning Merci Suárez...
      

Pura Belpré Award by the Numbers

The Award The Pura Belpré Award (PBA) has been awarded on 20 occasions: every other year from 1996 to 2008, and annually since then. Each year, there is a Medal winner in the categories of Children’s Narrative, Youth Illustration, and (as of 2021) Young Adult Narrative. Honor Books may also...
      

Week in Review, May 10th-14th

  This week on hbook.com... Lisa Fipps Talks with Roger about Starfish   From the May/June 2021 Horn Book Magazine Special Issue: The Pura Belpré Award at 25: What the Pura Belpré Award Means to Me by Meg Medina Lighting the Candle: Inherited Exile by Margarita Engle Lighting the Candle:...
      

2021 Summer Reading List

  Picture Books Suggested grade level for all entries: PS–2   I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes; illus. by Gordon C. James (Paulsen/Penguin) Cave Paintings by Jairo Buitrago; illus. by Rafael ­Yockteng; trans. from Spanish by Elisa Amado (Groundwood) You’re Invited to a Moth Ball: A Nighttime Insect...
      

2021 Summer Reading: Middle School

  Need suggestions for summer reading? This year we've super-sized our lists, with a baker's dozen recommendations for different age ranges — including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — all published 2020–2021 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.  ...

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