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Profile of 2020 Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Kevin Henkes

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Dudley Carlson: The farmers’ market was a riot of color. Red and green lettuces, orange carrots, blue and purple berries, and breads in rich browns and tans stretched for two blocks. At one end, a single booth held only green. Beautiful green beans were neatly bundled and stacked like a...

Read Kevin Henkes's 2020 Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance Speech at ALA's Virtual Book Award Celebration

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When I found out on January 26th that I’d won the Legacy Award, I was ecstatic. However, it didn’t take me long — about an hour! — to start fretting about my speech. That’s just the way I am. I began working on my speech right away and had a...

2019 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Christopher Myers on behalf of Walter Dean Myers

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Hey Pop,It’s been a minute since I’ve written you a proper letter, mostly because I don’t know your address or even if they have email wherever you are.When you were around, we’d write each other lots of letters, even if we knew we’d be meeting up for breakfast the next...

February 2019 Horn Book Herald - ALA Youth Media Awards Edition

Congratulations to all of the 2019 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators and their publishers. In this issue, we chat with Meg Medina, newly minted Newbery Medalist for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. You'll also find Horn Book reviews of the 2019 winners, history (and critique) of the awards, and...

Extras on the 2019 Youth Media Award winners

To accompany our 2019 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year's Youth Media Award winners.Horn Book reviews of the Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, CSK, Geisel, Printz, and Sibert Award winnersNewbery Medal winner and honor books 5Q for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Review of...

Additional ALA Awards 2019

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Alex Awardfor the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com) The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Knopf) Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random House) The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A...

Jacqueline Woodson's 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance

And you wait, are awaiting the one thingthat will infinitely increase your life;the powerful, the uncommon,the awakening of stones,depths turned toward you.Dimly there gleam in the bookcasethe volumes in gold and brown;and you think of lands journeyed through,of pictures, of the apparelof women lost again.And you know at once: That...

A Profile of Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve known Jacqueline Woodson for years, but even before we met, when I read Last Summer with Maizon (1990), Jackie’s first book, I knew a special writer had arrived on the children’s literature scene. Although the full extent of the depth and breadth of her talent may not have been...

Editorial: The Right to Read by Yourself

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In choosing to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award the Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the Association for Library Service to Children did the right thing. The new name is bland but accurate, describing exactly what the award is for: to honor an author or illustrator whose books over the years...

Extras on the 2018 Youth Media Award winners

To accompany our 2018 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year's Youth Media Award winners.Horn Book reviews of the Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, CSK, Printz, Sibert, and Batchelder Award winnersNewbery Medal winner and honor books Review of Hello, Universe Five Questions for Derrick...

Additional ALA Awards 2018

Alex Awardsfor the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences All Systems Red by Martha Wells (Tor.com) The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (Doubleday) Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com) Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing (Haymarket) A Hope More Powerful Than the...

Lots of ALA 2017 love

All week we've been celebrating the 2017 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here's a cheat sheet to the winners' acceptance speeches, profiles of them by their loved ones, and more.Caldecott Medal Caldecott Medal Acceptance for Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe Profile of Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson Silver...

To Know Nikki Grimes Is to Know an Artist: Profile of 2017 Wilder Award winner Nikki Grimes by Junko Yokota

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Nikki Grimes and Junko Yokota. Photo courtesy of Nikki GrimesWith the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, ALA’s Association of Library Services to Children celebrates Nikki Grimes for her lifetime contribution as a poet and novelist. From Danitra Brown to Dyamonde Daniel and more, Grimes has created characters in which diverse child...

A Lifeline Called Hope: 2017 Wilder Medal Acceptance by Nikki Grimes

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Photo: Aaron Lemen“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” That is one of my favorite verses of scripture, largely because of the word hoped. I’ve long had a fascination with words, and the word with the deepest resonance for me is hope. The...

Additional ALA Awards 2017

Alex Awardsfor the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences• The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (Harper Voyager)• The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales (Riverhead/Penguin Random House)• In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford (Holt)• Buffering:...

Lots of ALA 2016 love

All week we've been celebrating the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators. Here are the winners' acceptance speeches and profiles; stay tuned for more next week!Newbery Medal: Matt de la Peña's Newbery acceptance speech for Last Stop on Market Street Profile of Matt de la Peña by Jennifer...

Jerry Pinkney and the Power of Story: Profile of 2016 Wilder & CSK–Virginia Hamiliton Award Winner Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney, winner of the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the 2016 Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Photo: Robyn Pforr Ryan.The power of story takes on new and exciting meaning when applied to the work of Jerry Pinkney. His choice of tales, his selection of words,...

Drawing My Dream: 2016 Wilder Medal Acceptance by Jerry Pinkney

Jerry with his sisters Claudia and Hellen. Photo courtesy of Jerry Pinkney.When I was notified about the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, I was struck once again with the revelation that drawing changed the trajectory of my life. More than that, actually — drawing changed me.I was born in 1939, smack...

Profile of 2009 Wilder Award winner Ashley Bryan

By Caitlyn DlouhyIn a recent interview, Ashley Bryan was asked to name a favorite time in his life. Without a pause, he smiled his dazzling smile and exclaimed, “Right now!” At that particular Right Now, Ashley was sitting on a hard plastic chair in a closet-sized studio, portrait lights surely...

Profile of 2015 Wilder Medal winner Donald Crews

Nina, Donald, and Ann Crews, 2009. Photo: Amy Crews.Looking back on my childhood, it is clear that my parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas Crews, gave my sister and me a visual education. They taught us to look at the world and shared with us their passion for visual and...

#ALAAC15 + HB Mag

What a thrilling ALA Annual conference this year in San Francisco (so we hear...). We hope you were able to pick up a copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards. If not, it'll be in your mailbox soon. If not? Subscribe to the Magazine, for goodness sake!In...

A Profile of Katherine Paterson

Katherine the storyteller.If Scheherazade and Katherine Paterson went tale-to-tale in a 
storytelling contest, Katherine would be the one to keep her head. The Arabian maiden may have managed to stave off death for 1001 nights, but do the math: that’s less than three years.Katherine has been telling stories for forty...

Ashley Bryan's 2009 Wilder Medal Acceptance

By Ashley BryanYou are my people!I grew up in New York City, in the Bronx. My home was in four- and five-story tenement apartment buildings. We knew everyone in these apartments, and everyone looked after everyone as family. That is what I mean when I say you are my people....

Russell Freedman Wilder profile

By James Cross GiblinRussell Freedman might well have had a successful career in broadcast journalism, following in the footsteps of reporters like Edward R. Murrow. His deep, rather solemn voice, lightened by frequent touches of humor, makes him a compelling speaker. One attendee at a recent Clarion sales conference, hearing...
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