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2021 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.   Stalled The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey     Didn't fly How to Find a Bird by Jennifer Ward; illus. by Diana Sudyka     Missed its... Chance by Uri Shulevitz    ...

2020 in Pictures and Words

The last time we sat down to put virtual pen to communal paper for our annual “year in review” article (“A Year with Words and Pictures — but No ALA Annual,” July/August 2020 Horn Book), it was spring of 2020. We had been working from home for a few weeks,...

From the Editor - July 2021

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and finding enough to read (we can help). That’s it; go forth and read. From the July 2021 issue of Notes from the Horn Book....

O Say Can You See

While fireworks over county fairgrounds hover, as rockets whistling bang and everybody cheers,        fireflies miles away spangle a hillside field with secret slowly moving silent little stars.   Statelessly floating as on some unseen river, floating just above the ground and spinning as   the cries grow dimmer, what...

Editorial: House Party (July/August 2021)

While still all abuzz about our May/June special issue, which celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Pura Belpré Award and Latinx literature for young people, we started working on July/August, our annual ALA Awards special issue. In 2019, we’d marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards...

Table of Contents: July/August 2021 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards

Cover © 2021 by Michaela Goade. Cover illustration art direction by Aram Kim.   Features 2020 in Pictures and Words by Horn Book editors Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Michaela Goade A profile of Michaela Goade by Kirsten Hall Newbery Medal Acceptance by Tae Keller A profile of Tae Keller by...

On the Futurity of the Pura Belpré Award

A reflection on the future of the Pura Belpré Award must begin with a meditation on the past. As Black, Caribbean, Afro-Atlantic, and Afro-Latinx scholars teach us, the future is in the past, and the present is in the future. My contemplation, then, begins with two iconic photographs of Pura...

Lighting the Candle: Thank You, Mr. Baumgartner

Irene (seated, second from left) and Pam (seated, fifth from left) in third grade. (Photo courtesy of Pam Muñoz Ryan.) If I hadn’t been a failed violinist, I might never have become a writer. When I was in fourth grade, the public school I attended had a coveted orchestra program....

Lighting the Candle: Untitled

From the May/June 2021 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: The Pura Belpré Award at 25. Find more in the "Lighting the Candle" series here. Illustration (c) 2021 by Sara Palacios....
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