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Horn BOO! 2019

Welcome to our annual roundup of (not-always) scary seasonal stories, where you'll find, mostly, more pumpkins and puns than poltergeists. Happy Halloween! Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party by Erin Barker; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Blue Manatee   32 pp.    g 9/19    978-1-936669-77-6    $17.99  Handsome china dishes and raised pinkies accentuate a fancy...

August 2019 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers author Celia C. Pérez, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the...

Five questions for Celia C. Pérez

In Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers (Kokila/Penguin, 9–12 years), author Celia C. Pérez's follow-up to her 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book honoree The First Rule of Punk (Viking, 9–12 years), four oddball friends band together to fight injustice and solve a historical mystery. It's like Stand by Me...

Five questions for 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winners Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van Thanh Rudd

A talented pair from Down Under, author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Van Thanh Rudd are the co-creators of this year’s Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner The Patchwork Bike (Candlewick, 5–8 years). Rudd’s playful, tactile illustrations (done on scrap cardboard) perfectly complement the childlike sensibility of Clarke’s spare,...

2019 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here.Read reviews of all of the...

2019 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here.Read reviews of all of the...

2019 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc., announced the 2019 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 29th, 2019, at School Library Journal's Day of Dialog in New York City. You can watch the announcement video here and read the press release here. Read reviews of all of...

April 2019 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: National Poetry Month

• Five Questions for Margarita Engle• "How I Discovered YA Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson• What Makes Good Poetry? e-newsletter• Roger Talks with Andrea Davis Pinkney (video) and with Nikki Giovanni and Ashley Bryan• Be "the Hero and the Author" of Your Story: Elizabeth Acevedo at Simmons University• Recommended Poetry Titles...

April 2019 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Signs of Springtime

March/April Horn Book Magazine Spring into Nature, Earth Day (April 22), and Conservation April Fools' Day KidLitCon 2019 More Signs of Springtime: themed booklists about bikes (and 5Qs with a librarian on one!), bunnies, birdies, and baseballFrom the April 2019: Spring News issue of The Horn Book Herald....

April 2019 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: National Library Week

The theme of this year's National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019) is: Libraries = Strong Communities.• Upcoming May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50• Roger Sutton's 2018 interview with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden• ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at Cambridge Public Library• Librarianship and...

April 2019 Horn Book Herald: Spring News

Spring is here, and with it comes this Spring News edition of our Horn Book Herald e-newsletter, a bimonthly supplement to Notes from the Horn Book. Five Questions for Raúl the Third National Library Week National Poetry Month Signs of SpringtimeFrom the April 2019: Spring News issue of The Horn...

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...

Five questions for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina

Photo: Petite Shards Productions.Meg Medina is the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears (read The Horn Book Magazine's starred review here). For our February issue of The Horn Book Herald: ALA Youth Media Awards Edition e-newsletter, Medina answered Five Questions posed by Horn Book reviewer,...

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...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Class Notes

Go to the head of the class with our Lolly’s Classroom blog and more: Jason Reynolds's 2018 Lesley University commencement speech Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School Field Notes: "This Is Too Much!"...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Extracurriculars

Supplement school-day studies with reading for pleasure and experiential learning: 2018 Horn Book Summer Reading From The Guide: Summer of Change Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books Extracurriculars from Nonfiction Notes from The Horn Book Welcome to Family Reading, a place...

August 2018 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with Dear Substitute co-authors Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with...

Five questions for Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick and Liz Garton Scanlon. Photo: Sam Bond Photography.In new picture book Dear Substitute (Disney-Hyperion, 4–7 years), a little girl arrives at school to find her regular teacher out sick (“Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?”). She works through the disorientation...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

The Poet Xby Elizabeth AcevedoHarperTeen     361 pp3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, a self-described "brown and big and angry" Dominican girl from Harlem, finds peace in writing poetry. The slow-burning suspense of what will transpire when devoutly Catholic Mami discovers Xiomara's clandestine relationship with a classmate is eclipsed only...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nineby Melba Pattillo Beals; illus. by Frank MorrisonHoughton     214 pp.1/18     978-1-328-88212-7     $16.99As one of the Little Rock Nine, Beals helped integrate Central High School in 1957; here she recounts the childhood years that led up to that important step (described in...

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Intermediate

Stella Díaz Has Something to Sayby Angela Dominguez; illus. by the authorRoaring Brook     202 pp.1/18     978-1-62672-858-5     $16.99Shy, artistic third grader Stella Díaz, who emigrated from Mexico to Chicago, is self-conscious about her accent and occasional English blunders. She's also worried about being in a different class than best friend Jenny....

August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemmaby Keith Calabrese; illus. by Juana MedinaAtheneum     40 pp.7/18     978-1-5344-0894-4     $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-0895-1     $10.99Lena isn't nervous to start kindergarten…but her shoes are. Lena enlists her headband (who is "a good listener") to talk to them, and, with fears assuaged and a bit of reverse...

Five questions for 2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña

In this year's Boston Globe–Horn Book Nonfiction Award winner, Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide (Getty, 12 years and up), author Isabel Quintero and illustrator Zeke Peña seamlessly blend lyrical text and striking sequential art with their subject's own words and black-and-white photography. The result is a unique graphic-novel biography...

2018 BGHB Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch...

2018 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

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Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch...

2018 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Boston Globe Foundation president Emily Procknal announced the 2018 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 31st, 2018, via Facebook Live. A winner and two honor books were selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. You can watch...

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Five questions for Margarita Engle

Poet Margarita Engle is the author of poetry collections (Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics), picture-book biographies (Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music; The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano), memoir (Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings), and works of historical fiction (Lion Island,...

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News

Spring is here, and with it comes this Spring News edition of our Horn Book Herald e-newsletter, a bimonthly supplement to Notes from the Horn Book. April is National Poetry Month, and we're thrilled to kick off the newsletter with our Five Questions interview with Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita...

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Signs of Springtime

• Spring 2018 Horn Book Guide• Calling Caldecott: April picture books on the radar• Lucha Libros: Bilingual Battle of the Books• More Signs of Springtime: themed booklists about bikes (and 5Qs with a librarian on one!), bunnies, birdies, and baseball   From the April 2018 Spring News edition of The Horn Book...

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Making a Difference

• Horn Book Magazine May/June 2018 Special Issue: Making a Difference• Family Reading: A Place for All Families• Boston's #MarchforOurLives rally• With a Little Help from Their Friends• Refugees Welcome Here• Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month• Library Legislation and Literacy as Liberation• #KidLitWomen From the April 2018 Spring News edition of The Horn...

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Earth Day

• Updated Earth Day booklist• Fostering Wonder and Wonder-full World• What Makes a Good Science Book?• Science Books and the Caldecott• On Raising a Scientist (Who Happens to Be a Girl)   From the April 2018 Spring News edition of The Horn Book Herald....

April 2018 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: Poetry Month

• Five Questions for Young People's Poet Laureate Margarita Engle• The Power of Poetry (from Notes from the Horn Book), National Poetry Month 2018 (from Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book), and Poetry Reviews of the Week• How I Discovered YA Poetry by Marilyn Nelson• Haiku: A Small Poem with...

February 2018 Horn Book Herald - ALA Youth Media Awards Edition

What a year! Congratulations to all of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators and their publishers. Below, we chat with the creators of one of the morning's most-recognized books, Crown author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James. You'll also find Horn Book reviews of the 2018...

Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

by Martha V. Parravano and Dr. Kim ParkerCrown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate, 4–8 years) was a 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards darling, recipient of four Honor awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Author, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator. The Crown team — author Derrick Barnes and...

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...

ALAMW18: Not-a-Martha (or a Roger)

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Booth 1938 sisters.Although I've worked at The Horn Book for nearly twelve years (!! feels like yesterday), this was my first year attending Midwinter as an official ALA member. ALSC hosted a new members' dinner on Friday night, where I bonded with Elizabeth Serrano, from the "home office" in Chicago,...

The 2018 Caldecott Winners

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How is everybody doing this morning? Whew. Exciting day, right? Here's a zippy-quick post to note that this morning the winners of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. And we here at Calling Caldecott were most eager, of course, to find out which books the Caldecott committee chose....

ALA Awards 2018: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello, Universe and Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow on February 12th, 2018, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver. Also announced at the gathering were the winners...

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...

And the winner of the 2018 Calling Caldecott mock vote is...

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. . . Dan Santat's After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)After the Fall received a whopping 456 total points, garnering 77 first-place votes. And for our purposes, making it the clear winner.(How would that translate to numbers on an actual Caldecott committee ballot? As decisive as the numbers look...

December 2017 Horn Book Herald: Picture Books Edition

Welcome to our all-picture-books-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald! In this issue you'll find five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale (the team behind Windows, a 2017 Horn Book Fanfare selection); posts from our Calling Caldecott blog; lists of recommended holiday books; ideas for Family Reading; our...

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: More recommended reading

• Fanfare: The Horn Book's choices for the best books of 2017• 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner and honor books• The New York Times Best Illustrated List• "Why the Hell Hasn't Photography Won the Caldecott?!?"• Julie Danielson on running mock Caldecotts• "Calling CaldeNott": Thom Barthelmess on extraordinary...

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: Calling Caldecott's latest contenders

Begun in 2011, The Horn Book's Calling Caldecott blog asks: What can win? What will win? What should win? Here are some of our favorite recent posts.• Roger Sutton on The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell• Tarie Sabido on...

Five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale

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Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale have been friends and creative collaborators since their days working together at a children's bookstore — where I was lucky to work with them. I've always admired their individual projects, and it was a pleasure to chat with them about their collaboration (and one...

Holiday High Notes 2017

We have a little sectionof books this time of year.They’re new (and some reissued),and filled with winter cheer.Nutcrackedby Susan AdrianIntermediate    Random    234 pp.9/17    978-0-399-55668-5    $16.99Library ed.  978-0-399-55669-2     $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-399-55670-8    $10.99During each rehearsal for her role as Clara in The Nutcracker, Georgie finds herself — like the ballet’s heroine —...

August 2017 Horn Book Herald: Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with school-story master Andrew Clements, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities.Throughout...

Five questions for Andrew Clements

Photo: George Clements.I can't think of anyone better than Andrew Clements to start off our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald. Clements had been publishing picture books for ten years when his first novel, Frindle, came out in 1996. Has there been a fifth grader since who hasn't read...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Holt)This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame AlexanderAlexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander's narrative of his early life in sports weaves its way through a lively display of colorful...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Primary and Intermediate

Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Tegen/HarperCollins)"Magical maiden" Chantel's biggest challenge in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress is "deportment." And when Miss Ellicott and the other sorceresses disappear, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff (Holiday)This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Extracurriculars

Supplement school-day studies with reading for pleasure and experiential learning: Horn Book Summer Reading Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books Extracurriculars from Nonfiction Notes from The Horn Book Welcome to Family Reading, a place for all families Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Class Notes

Go to the head of the class with our Lolly's Classroom blog and more: Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School Field Notes: "This Is Too Much!" Why Verse Novels Work for Reluctant Readers...

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Recommended Reading

Picture Books (click through for reviews)Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler, illus. by Anna Raff, HolidayLucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Pow!The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain, illus. by Yuval Zommer, QuartoThis Is How We Do It: One Day in the...

2017 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here.Read...

Five questions for 2017 Fiction and Poetry winner Angie Thomas

1. You shared on Twitter that in manuscript stage you wondered how this book’s subject matter would be received (“Are novels that deal with sensitive current issues a no-no?”). How much was that concern on your mind when you were first writing, and how did it affect your writing process?AT:...

2017 Fiction and Poetry Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here.Read...

2017 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Newbery-winning author Kwame Alexander announced the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog on May 31st, 2017. The video was livestreamed (for the first time!). You can watch it here and read the press release here.Read...

April 2017 Spring News Horn Book Herald

After a long New England winter, we are always on the lookout for signs of springtime. The flowers are in bloom, the Hubway bicycles reappear, and we begin planning for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards (check out our brand-new dedicated website!). From Earth Day to Poetry Month, here is some...

Poetry Month

Anyone who is Facebook friends with Roger Sutton knows about his abiding love for poetry; he posts a poem and accompanying photograph nearly every day. Here's The Horn Book's answer to the question "What Makes Good Poetry?"• From the Editor: "Treat a poem like a picture book: read it, read...

Making a Difference Spring 2017

Acts of kindness, civic engagement, social justice, and activism. People of all ages can help change the world.• Making a Difference: resources about social justice and activism• Family Reading: A Place for All Families: the Horn Book's newest blog• With a Little Help from Their Friends: new picture books about...

Earth Day and Week of Action

On April 22, we celebrated Earth Day by attending the March for Science; this week (April 24th-28th) is the March's Week of Action. Here are some resources celebrating our precious planet, educating young readers about the crises it faces, and offering them age-appropriate models for environmental activism.• Earth Day booklist•...

Five questions for Ednita Kelly

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Ednita Kelly. Photo: Christina GandolfoFor Los Angeles–area librarian Ednita Kelly — founder of the Los Angeles Public Library Book Bike and a 2016 City of Los Angeles Pioneer Women of the Year honoree — cycling is a year-round endeavor (the weather!). Her mission: to bring books to as many people...

Five Questions for Coretta Scott King Jury Member Martha V. Parravano

1. You are not new to committee life (Newbery, Boston Globe–Horn Book, LA Times Book Prize, Wilder). What is unique about the CSK?MVP: My CSK jury service has so far been very much like the other committees I've served on: we set out to identify and recognize the very best...

More Horn Book goodies about YMA 2017 winners

To accompany our 2017 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year's Youth Media Award winners.Talks with RogerRoger Talks with Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Award winnerRoger Talks with Caren Stelson, Sibert Honor winner Horn Book Magazine Q&AJavaka Steptoe, Caldecott Medal winner and Coretta Scott King...

Recommended Picture Books: Picture Books for Older Readers

Coy, John  Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret GameGr. K–3     32 pp.     CarolrhodaIllustrated by Randy DuBurke. Coy tells the dramatic story of an illegal, secret basketball game in Jim Crow–era North Carolina between the white Duke University Medical School team and the black North Carolina College of Negroes team....

Recommended Picture Books: Picture Book Biographies

Barton, Chris  Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of InventionsGr. K–3     40 pp.     CharlesbridgeIllustrated by Don Tate. Barton follows African American inventor Johnson, from his childhood tinkering through winning first place at a 1968 science fair, attending Tuskegee Institute, engineering for NASA, and developing a super-blast water gun. Barton describes Johnson's...

Recommended Picture Books: Metafictive Picture Books

Barnett, Mac  How This Book Was Made: Based on a True StoryGr. K–3     48 pp.     Disney/HyperionIllustrated by Adam Rex. Barnett and Rex tongue-in-cheekily describe the process of creating a book. "Ideas can come at funny times," muses Barnett, shown as a cartoon character arm-wrestling a tiger. It only gets wackier...

Books mentioned in the December 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes a Good Picture Book?Wordless Picture BooksBecker, Aaron  ReturnGr. K–3     40 pp.     Candlewick     2016ISBN 978-0-7636-7730-5Boyd, Lizi  FlashlightPreschool     40 pp.     Chronicle     2014ISBN 978-1-4521-1894-9Cole, Henry  Spot, the CatGr. K–3     32 pp.     Little Simon     2016ISBN 978-1-4814-4225-1Ebook ISBN 978-1-4814-4226-8Idle, Molly  Flora and the PeacocksPreschool     40 pp.     Chronicle     2016ISBN 978-1-4521-3816-9Lawson,...

Recommended Picture Books: Wordless Picture Books

Becker, Aaron  ReturnGr. K–3    40 pp.     CandlewickThis third wordless installment (Journey; Quest) brings the story full circle. The father of the lonely girl with a red crayon follows her into the steampunk-meets-fantasy kingdom to share in the adventure. Becker is at his best creating lush, mysterious landscapes. Return's...

Five questions for Robin Smith of Calling Caldecott

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Since its debut in 2011, The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog has been a destination for picture-book lovers eager to discuss favorite books in the months leading up to ALA annual — and to make their best guesses about what will win Caldecott gold. The Calling Caldecott team is Martha Parravano,...

Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long

Joanna Rudge Long is a longtime Horn Book reviewer, the former children’s books editor of Kirkus Reviews, and this year's BGHB Committee Chair. (This isn't Joanna's first BGHB rodeo; she previously served as a judge in 2000.) She graciously satisfied our curiosity about how this particular committee operated — and...

2016 Fiction Award winners extras

On June 2nd, the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony will take place at Simmons College in...

2016 BGHB Nonfiction Award winners extras

On June 2nd, the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony will take place at Simmons College in...

2016 BGHB Picture Book Award winners extras

On June 2nd, the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony will take place at Simmons College in...

Five questions for Jerry Pinkney

At the 2016 Youth Media Awards announcement at ALA Midwinter, the audience cheered loudly when prolific author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney was named the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement winner. A few minutes later, history was made — and the crowd again went wild! — when he also won the Laura...

And the 2016 Calling Caldecott winners are...

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Approximately four hundred of you (judging by the number of first-place votes) took part in our second vote yesterday, with every one of the remaining eight books on the ballot garnering significant support (see results below). Congratulations to all those deserving and distinguished picture books! and best of luck in...

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Author Phillip Hoose’s 2015 BGHB NF Honor Speech

In recent years I’ve endeavored to give young readers real-life protagonists their own age. I want my readers to ask themselves, “What would I have done?” I believe that teens experience sharper pangs of injustice than adults, and a greater determination to do something about it. Some, such as Claudette...

Mwah mwah mwah mwah: movies

This is way behind the times, but how cool and clever is it that Trombone Shorty was the "voice" of the adults in the new Peanuts Movie? Read the Horn Book's review of last year's jazzy picture book Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; illus. by Bryan Collier.    What...

Funny Bones

You know that skeleton woman with the big flowered hat? Guess what? Her name is la Catrina, and she wasn't created by Russell Stover. You may not recognize the name José Guadalupe Posada, but you're probably familiar with his most iconic illustration. La Catrina is everywhere these days, especially since...

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans

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I was fortunate enough to be in the crowd when the Tamaki cousins' This One Summer was announced as a Caldecott Honor book (at the Youth Media Awards, where the Coretta Scott King, Caldecott, Newbery, etc. are announced) this past January. I remember hearing more than a few audible gasps...

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

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One thing the members of the Caldecott Committee are looking for each time they open a new box is the wonderful feeling of New. When I was on the committee, whenever I opened a Caldecott box, I would feel the burden of The Same. A book would remind me of...

A tale of two Winnies

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When I was on the Caldecott committee, we were strict about following the rule that said we couldn't discuss books published in other years, even if we were tempted to compare a book to its creator's previous titles. But we certainly DID compare similar nominated books. In our year there...

Don Brown on Drowned City

In our September/October issue, reviewer Betty Carter asked Don Brown, author/illustrator of nonfiction graphic novel Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans, about what we can learn from the events of Hurricane Katrina. Read the full starred review of Drowned City here.Betty Carter: So many of your books cover a...

Five questions for Duncan Tonatiuh

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Photo: Patty Flagger.Duncan Tonatiuh's distinctive, instantly recognizable style, heavily influenced by Mixtec codices, perfectly complements his choice of subject matter and his own Latino heritage. His new book Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras (Abrams, 6–9 years), which arrives just in time for El Día de los...

Dream Keepers: 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

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It is Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in a restaurant in Vancouver, B.C. In an hour, I will give my final talk of a two-day visit. In these two days, I’ve visited a number of schools in Vancouver — both independent and public. As I stood in front of each...

Giant (for Christopher Myers)

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You knowI ain’t never met a giantWho can make thingsGiants usually break thingsUnmake thingsBut not youYou make thingsYou build worldsAnd road mapsAnd treasure mapsYou build treasuresAnd hide gold coins in the palmsOf small handsHow you be so swift anyway?How everybody see you comingBut nobody see it coming?You knowI never met...

Transformers: The Power of Storytelling

I grew up in a small brick row house on a dead-end street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In many ways, my neighborhood block in the 1940s was representative of African American culture as a whole: there were too many things we were told we could not do,...

Ilyasah Shabazz on X

In our May/June 2015 issue, reviewer Martha V. Parravano talks to author Ilyasah Shabazz about her approach to writing a novel about her father, Malcolm X. Read the starred review of X here.Martha V. Parravano: Why did you choose to present the story of Malcolm X’s formative years as fiction, rather...

Five questions for Christian Robinson

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Photo: John KwiatkowskiWith Last Stop on Market Street (Putnam, 5–8 years), author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson take readers on a bus journey through the city — along the way exploring a young boy's warm relationship with his nana, her sunny outlook on life, and their interactions...

Please pass the beignets

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In our upcoming May/June issue, we review two nonfiction books starring jazz greats from the Big Easy: How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz and Trombone Shorty.   Now I'm nostalgic for NOLA, particularly its incredible live music scene! I can't wait to get back to Frenchmen St.The annual — and beloved...

Pam Muñoz Ryan Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here.Sponsored by Photo: Sean B. MastersonWhere to start? Echo begins in fairy-tale Germany but swiftly moves to the twentieth century, hopping from the German countryside to Philadelphia to...

Mind the Gaps: Books for ALL Young Readers

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HBAS keynote speaker Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.When Roger invited me to deliver the keynote for today’s program, I was a bit intimidated. He told me that the idea for the “Mind the Gaps” theme was inspired by Christopher Myers’s essay “Young Dreamers,” published in The Horn Book last November. Christopher’s essay...

Five questions for Kwame Alexander

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Middle-school hoops star Josh "Filthy McNasty" Bell wants to play for Duke. His twin brother JB bleeds Carolina Blue. Is there a more apt metaphor for sibling rivalry?! Here we talk to 2015 Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander, for The Crossover (Houghton), about sports, music, sleep (who needs it?), and...Gangsta...

Mini-trend: Grrrl power grrraphic novels

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We've noticed a welcome trend lately: excellent graphic novel memoirs (or fiction that feels an awful lot like) written by women about their adolescence. Here are a few to enjoy. (Thanks, Marjane Satrapi, for breaking ground with Persepolis, and to the Tamaki cousins for Skim and This One Summer! Also...
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