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2020 in review

Welcome, 2021! 2020 was a year no one will soon forget (though in-person Midwinter may be a distant memory). Revisit the past twelve months — is that all it has been?! — and lose yourself in the world of children's and YA literature with our annual Horn Book Year in Review.   2020 ALA Awards...

It's Time to Vote! — Calling Caldecott 2021 ballot is now open

Can you all believe that we are one week away from the Caldecott Awards announcement? In case you missed it, here is where you can catch the exciting news next Monday morning. We have covered a big stack of 2020 picture books here at Calling Caldecott since September. We are...

Week in Review, January 11th-15th

  This week on January Notes from the Horn Book Newsletter: 5Qs for Megan Whalen Turner about Return of the Thief; YA world building; primary animal fantasy chapter books, and intermediate STEM Amra Sabic-El-Rayess Talks with Roger about The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War,...

The 2021 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

from Deborah Stevenson: The 2021 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to All He Knew by Helen Frost, published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. It’s 1939, and six-year-old Henry, rendered deaf by illness, has failed a ridiculous single evaluative test, so authorities officially classify him as “unteachable” and direct his straitened...

The 2021 "Books We Wish We Had Time For" list

One of my favorite things about the 2019 Caldecott Awards was that a book we hadn’t covered here at Calling Caldecott (Brian Lies’s The Rough Patch) up and won an Honor. And I love this, because it proves the point that we are not in the business of predicting winners,...

An evening with Tui T. Sutherland (An artifact from the Beforetimes)  

Last March, I started a post about an author event at the Cambridge Public Library. But I was distracted by ::gestures at 2020:: and eventually decided it wasn’t worth finishing. The idea of attending a non-Zoom author’s talk (i.e., in person) was already weird and dated after a few weeks....

A Note from Me (Jan 15, 2021)

Dear friends: You know, with a panicking gangster/terrorist still occupying the White House, it’s not easy to write this letter on a Wednesday for publication two days later. Who knows what will happen between now and then? Please join me in looking forward to January 20th. Until then, join me...

Your Place in the Universe

When my siblings and I were young, my mother ordered Time Life’s A Child’s First Encyclopedia of Learning, a series of books that explored a variety of topics about the natural world. I imagine that she ordered the set to address our seemingly insatiable curiosity about the world in which...


TFW that overdue library book on which you’d already given up in your heart shows up under a child’s bed! We love libraries and bookstores -- read "Books beyond buildings: Support your local bookstore and library!" by Cindy Ritter and Shoshana Flax....
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