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1971 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Betsy Byars

During the past few years I have on occasion found myself in front of a classroom or in a library trying to talk to children about writing books. I have never been a success at this. For one thing, I have learned that questions come in twos. If one child...

Reviews of the 2020 Newbery Medal Winners

Winner New Kid by Jerry Craft; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    249 pp.    g 2/19    978-0-06-269120-0    $21.99     Paper ed.  978-0-06-269119-4    $12.99     e-book ed.  978-0-06-269121-7    $10.99  Craft’s engaging graphic novel follows Jordan Banks (an African American seventh grader from Washington Heights) through his first year at the prestigious...

2019 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Meg Medina

Photo: Petite Shards Productions.Good evening. Muy buenas noches.I’m so happy to be with all of you here tonight, and to share this incredible moment on stage with Sophie [Blackall] and to help honor the enormous legacy of Walter Dean Myers. My deepest congratulations to all the winners and honorees of...

Profile of 2019 Newbery Medal winner Meg Medina

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Meg Medina and R. J. Palacio at Niagara Falls, circa 1979. Photo: Marco Jaramillo.Imagine a girl, wavy brown hair, big smile, bright eyes, on the tall side, long legs and arms, in constant motion. (If she were a baby animal, she’d be a colt.) Imagine this girl is your best...

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...

ALA Awards 2019: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Meg Medina for Merci Suárez Changes Gears and Sophie Blackall for Hello Lighthouse on January 28, 2019, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Seattle. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of...

Reviews of the 2019 Newbery Award winners

Winner Merci Suárez Changes Gearsby Meg MedinaIntermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    361 pp.    g9/18    978-0-7636-9049-6    $16.99Working-class Cuban American girl Mercedes “Merci” Suárez’s life in South Florida consists of spending time with her extended family and attending elite Seaward Pines Academy, where the sixth grader does community service to pay for her...

2018 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Erin Entrada Kelly

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I’d like to thank the ALA and ALSC. I’d also like to congratulate Derrick Barnes, Jason Reynolds, Renée Watson, Matthew Cordell, Jacqueline Woodson, and all the honorees. It’s incredible to be in such esteemed company. I’m convinced that I’ve entered an alternate universe and that in some parallel reality I’m...

Hello, Erin Entrada Kelly: Profile of the 2018 Newbery Medal winner

Chapter 1The Bottom of the EarthOne year ago, the mountain above Dimagabi cracked and fell on everything below. The village was invaded by heavy waves of soft mud, uprooted grass, and broken coconut trees, killing everything in less than five minutes. When the mud dried, all of Dimagabi was buried...

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...

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...

Reviews of the 2018 Newbery Award winners

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WinnerHello, Universeby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp.3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls...

Review of Hello, Universe

Hello, Universeby Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate, Middle School    Greenwillow    314 pp.3/17    978-0-06-241415-1    $16.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-241417-5    $9.99Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls...

Intended by whom?

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In the comments to a recent Heavy Medal post, there is a discussion about the eligibility and/or chances of The Hate U Give for Newbery discussion. (In case you're new here, The Hate U Give is receiving the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction tomorrow night.) It was a...

"Be a Robin Reader"

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It was hard for the family and friends of Horn Book contributor Robin Smith to say goodbye to her after her death from bone cancer in late June, but we gathered to do so in Nashville in mid-July of this year. There were lots of tears as friends, family, colleagues,...

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...

2016 in Review: The Year in Words

For fans of children’s literature, social media has enabled a community of kindred spirits to collectively speculate about what might win the year’s biggest awards at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards — which determine the cream of the crop, the most excellent books, the most distinguished contributions to...

Profile of 2017 Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill by Karlyn Coleman

Photo: Bruce SilcoxKelly Barnhill is magic.Once, when she and I were walking our bounding black dogs in the woods along the Mississippi River, she began to tell a story, and I swear the giant cottonwood trees leaned in, the mighty river slowed, and the dogs trotted closer to her side...

2017 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Kelly Barnhill

Photo: Bruce SilcoxNobody writes a book alone. This may come as a shock to you, those of you who aren’t writers. Because from your point of view, writers sure seem like we’re alone, in our tea-stained yoga pants and ratty sweatshirts and the sun-starved pallor of our faces when it’s...

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...

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on January 23rd, 2017, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Atlanta....

Reviews of the 2017 Newbery Award winners

Winner:The Girl Who Drank the Moonby Kelly BarnhillIntermediate, Middle School Algonquin 388 pp.8/16 978-1-61620-567-6 $16.95Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch — a witch no...

2015 in Review: The Year in Words

The year was 2015. A year in which so many people from so many backgrounds said so much about books with so few words.It was a year in which people didn’t just discuss books. They cheered and argued, raged and kvetched, praised them and condemned them.Social media wasn’t new in...

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...

ALA 2016 on hbook.com

In case you missed it: Jerry Pinkney's 2016 Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award speech and his 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal Acceptance speech: "Drawing My Dream." Sophie Blackall's Caldecott acceptance speech and Matt de la Peña's Newbery speech. Rita Williams-Garcia's Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech and...

Profile of 2016 Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña

The first time I met Matt de la Peña, he was sitting at a table in the Random House booth at the 2008 National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in San Antonio. It was shortly before the exhibit hall was scheduled to close, and the booth was empty....

2016 Newbery Acceptance by Matt de la Peña

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Baby Matt watches his father. Photo courtesy Matt de la Peña.“I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us.”This is the last line of Denis Johnson’s short story collection Jesus’ Son, and it describes perfectly the way I felt...

Editorial: "Last Stop, First Steps"

When I arrived at the Horn Book in the spring of 1996, it was in the midst of a dustup caused by that January’s editorial, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery,” written by then–senior editors Lauren Adams and Martha V. Parravano. They decried the Newbery-winning predominance of middle-grade fiction by...

The Newbery App review

The Newbery App (Sugar Coded Apps, 2011; iOS only) is a handy resource if you’re interested in Newbery history, keeping track of which Medalists and Honor Books you’ve read, or choosing the next one to read. It’s also a fun place to test your skills.The landing page contains the enticing...

ALA Awards 2016: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Matt de la Peña for Last Stop on Market Street and Sophie Blackall for Finding Winnie on January 11, 2016, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Boston. Also announced at the gathering were...

Reviews of the 2016 Newbery Award winners

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illus. by Christian RobinsonPrimary     Putnam     32 pp.1/15     978-0-399-25774-2     $16.99CJ, a young black boy, has a flurry of questions for his grandmother one rainy day: “How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?” “How come we...

Profile of 2015 Newbery Medal winner Kwame Alexander

I laugh with my students…I hope never at…whenthey tell me they are having Writer’s Block…No SuchThing…I declare…that’s only a sign…of not enoughknowledge…go do your research…and to me that’s theend…yet…I am having Writer’s Block…because I wantso much…to write the perfect introduction…to one ofthe nicest young men I knowDo I start twenty...

#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...

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...

ALA Awards 2015: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kwame Alexander and Dan Santat on February 2, 2015, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Chicago. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, Michael...

Reviews of the 2015 Newbery Award winners

Winner:The Crossoverby Kwame AlexanderIntermediate, Middle School   Houghton   235 pp.3/14   978-0-544-10771-7   $16.99   gJosh and Jordan (JB), identical twin sons of former basketball phenom Chuck “Da Man” Bell, are ball legends themselves, and they aren’t yet thirteen; Josh is the only middle schooler around who can dunk, JB has a mean three-point...

Newbery 2014: The Year in Words

“You’ve got winner written all over you,” says the Whack-a-Duck man in Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee’s Bink & Gollie: Two For One, winner of the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video. “How I love it when little ladies win large donuts.”Kate DiCamillo is having a very...

A Profile of Kate DiCamillo

Kate and a nutty pal at the Berdoll Pecan Farm in Cedar Creek, Texas.Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes: Incandesto is a towering beam of light; Ulysses is a squirrel; and Kate DiCamillo, of course, is a writer of children’s books.“For heaven’s sake,” I can hear Tootie Tickham asking,...

ALA Awards 2014: Horn Book reviews of the winners

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     The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kate DiCamillo and Brian Floca on January 27, 2014, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré,...

Reviews of the 2014 Newbery Award winners

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Winner: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo; illus. by K. G. Campbell(Candlewick)Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman’s life changes when she resuscitates a squirrel after his near-death experience with her neighbor’s Ulysses 2000X vacuum. Flora discovers that the incident has caused the squirrel, whom she also names Ulysses, to...

Profiles of Cynthia Voigt

Cynthia Voigt's mother and daughter profile the author to celebrate her 1983 Newbery Medal Award win for Dicey's Song.by Elise K. IrvingWhen Cynthia called that Monday night, she asked if I was sitting down before she told me that she had won the Newbery. And she was right. It is...

Impressions from the 2013 Newbery–Caldecott banquet

Three Newbery Medalists in the ladies room at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet: Patricia MacLachlan, Cynthia Voigt, Katherine Paterson. Photo: Martha Parravano.I’ve been lucky enough to attend quite a few Newbery–Caldecott banquets, and I wouldn’t have missed a single one, but — let’s be honest — there can be low-lights as well...

2013 ALA Round-Up

Caldecott cookie.Suffering from ALA withdrawal? (Or maybe envy?) The Horn Book is here to help — we've got plenty of coverage of this year's events. For even more, check out the July/August 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.Profile of Caldecott Award winner Jon Klassen by his friend and collaborator...

Newbery 2013

On the one hand, it was a very good year for children’s books. The number of books that fit the Newbery’s definition of  “distinguished contribution to American literature for children” was, to my mind, unusually extensive. What they all had in common  was their excellence; in other ways, from genre...

A Profile of Katherine Applegate

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Katherine Applegate and Michael GrantKatherine Applegate was born a very long time ago in Michigan. She grew up in the suburbs, suffered no major traumas, was not shaped by great historical events, and never learned storytelling at the feet of a wise and wonderful grandmother.She attended school where she practiced...

ALA 2013 photos

Caldecott cookie. Newbery Caldecott Wilder program. Three Newbery Medalists in the ladies room at the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder banquet: Patricia MacLachlan, Cynthia Voigt, Katherine Paterson. Photo: Martha Parravano. Brian Selznick and Rita Auerbach before the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet. Photo: Martha Parravano. Betsy Bird (as "all the books") and Nina Lindsay (in a 75-year-old...

ALA 2013 preconference report

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On Friday, June 27, I attended the ALSC preconference, “A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal,” which took place at the Art Institute of Chicago and was organized by co-chairs K. T. Horning and Diane Bailey Foote and their planning committee. It was an amazing day, a day...

Profile of E. L. Konigsburg by Laurie Konigsburg Todd

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Readers frequently ask where E. L. Konigsburg, my mother, gets her ideas. I’ll tell.Although Mom can detect the most subtle nuance in painting or prose, she never developed a musical ear. Knowing that, my brother Paul purchased several classical records and proceeded to give her a course in music appreciation....

Profile of Elaine Konigsburg by David Konigsburg

Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was born in New York City but lived most of her precollege days in the small town of Farrell, Pennsylvania. Although she readily adapts to any environment, it is probable that the excitement of Manhattan will always appeal to her most. A keen observer, she delights in...

Newbery Award Acceptance by Elaine L. Konigsburg

You see before you today a grateful convert from chemistry. Grateful that I converted and grateful that you have labeled the change successful. The world of chemistry, too, is thankful; it is a neater and safer place since I left. This conversion was not so difficult as some others I...

Go visit Nina and Jonathan

As we get Calling Caldecott ready to rev today, I must also remind you to keep tabs on Heavy Medal, SLJ's blog on the race to the Newbery, run by Nina Lindsay and Jonathan Hunt. Jonathan has just posted on Wonder, a book that got starred reviews just about everywhere...

Sequelitis

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I was out for a run the morning of the 4th when a squadron of Blue Angels came zooming across the sky in formation. The contrast between the Olmsted-ordered beauty of my surroundings (see above, near Ward's Pond in Jamaica Plain) and the high-tech menace above made me feel like...

Newbery 2012: The Year in Words

Newbery speculation is alive and healthy, with even the mock awards receiving national news coverage (and with the USA Today reporter who interviewed me also confiding that his fifth-grade son was participating in one). Happily, the growing din of the buzz doesn’t seem to affect the pleasure of the surprise...

2012 ALA Round-Up

For those suffering from ALA withdrawal — or envy! — here's the Horn Book's take on this year's events. For even more, check out the July/August 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Photo (and cake): Mary WongRoger Sutton's Live Five interviews and blog posts about them—videos coming soon! (We'll...

Jack Gantos: Seriously Funny

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Jack Gantos knocks people out with his comedy. Literally. I know of two speaking gigs where he has done so. In each instance, Jack was riffing away in the spotlight at the front of a school auditorium, wowing the crowd with a spoken rendition of his short story “Purple” from...

The Search for Distinguished

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In a much talked about opinion piece published in School Library Journal in 2008, former Horn Book editor Anita Silvey asked, “Has the Newbery lost its way?” She made it clear that she thought it had, after interviewing “more than 100 people—including media specialists, children’s librarians, teachers, and booksellers—in 15...

Well, this bites

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Here at the Horn Book we’ve gotten used to publishers sending us off-the-wall books. But this week even we were taken aback when we lifted the flap of a box and found this volume sitting on top of the stack:As Bertha Mahony Miller might have said:  WTF?Was this a sequel...

Interview with Molly Leach

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About a month ago I began an email conversation with Molly Leach about her new cover and interior book design for Macmillan's 50th anniversary edition of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time. Have you seen it? The dust jacket is an updated homage to Ellen Raskin's original, redrawing the circles...

Boston's favorite son

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photo by Lolly RobinsonReigning (wait, is it incoming until he actually gets his mitts on the goods?) O'Dell and Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos stopped by the office last Friday for a bit of cake and champagne to celebrate the success of Dead End in Norvelt. (And to fortify himself for his...

From the Editor - January 2012

As we all await the announcements of the ALA book awards from the Midwinter Conference in Dallas on January 23rd, don’t miss the betting and brawling at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog and School Library Journal’s Heavy Medal, scoping out all things Newbery. Both blogs seem to have done...

Newbery 2011

As a member of two Newbery committees myself (A Single Shard, 2002; Criss Cross, 2006), I have tried to school myself against second-guessing what goes on behind those closed doors every January. It’s a certainty that committee members have read all of the books more often than I have, and...

The ones that got away: Vera B. Williams

What book do you think most deserved to win the Newbery or Caldecott and didn't even get an Honor?"The 1989 Caldecott Committee righted one wrong by honoring James Marshall (Goldilocks and the Three Bears), but they overlooked another work of genius, Vera B. Williams and Jennifer Williams's Stringbean's Trip to...

Secrecy and the Newbery Medal

In January 2010 I was among the 1,500 or so librarians seated in an ALA Youth Media Awards press conference, eagerly anticipating the announcements of the award winners. With the proliferation of ALA-sponsored children's and young adult book awards in recent years, the press conference has gotten longer and longer,...

Who in the World Is Clare Vanderpool?

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It was a dark and stormy night. The little car twisted and turned through the howling wind as it raced through the rapidly flooding streets of Wichita, hoping desperately to make it to the hospital in time. It was November 6, 1964. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t dark or stormy,...

What Makes a Good Newbery Novel?

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My quest to track down the Newbery began a long way from this country. I had been asked to speak at the Mubarak Library in Cairo to a group of Egyptian writers on "The Heartbeat of Children's Literature." A gentleman named Yacoub el-Sharoni, one of Egypt's most famous writers of...

Work on volume three begins Monday!

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While we don't yet know who will start off the 2021 edition of this durable series, originally published by the Horn Book and now a joint production with ALSC and ALA, the latest collection of the Newbery and Caldecott speeches is now available.In the Words of the Winners: The Newbery...

Rebecca Stead: A New York Story

Rebecca Stead is a real New Yorker. Born in Manhattan. Grew up on the Upper West Side. She went to P.S. 75, where her first published story appeared in the school magazine, The Spicy Meatball. At Stuyvesant High School she studied creative writing with the writer Frank McCourt. She did...

2006 Newbery Medal profile of Lynne Rae Perkins

by Virginia Duncan“I am always surprised at what she sees looking at a view,” says Lynne Rae’s husband, Bill. “I see this and that, and Lynne starts to go on about, maybe, the power line towers, which I didn’t even register as being in the picture.” Surprised at what she...

Profile of 2001 Newbery Medal winner Richard Peck

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by Marc TalbertThe Call.There are many great stories about Newbery Award–winning authors receiving The Call. The Call can come at any time on that fateful day during the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting. It is almost always a surprise. It is almost always received with an awkward and unrehearsed combination...

"Alive and Vigorous": Questioning the Newbery

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As the Horn Book approaches its seventy-fifth birthday, we’ve been celebrating Bertha Mahony Miller: her vision, her enthusiastic devotion to children’s books, her potent, pioneering spirit. Bertha, founder of the country’s first children’s-book-only bookstore and co-founder and first editor of The Horn Book Magazine, recognized a kindred spirit in Frederic...

Profiles of Louis Sachar

by Sherre Sachar Louis Sachar. Photo by Carla Sachar“Are you really Louis Sachar’s daughter?” A fifth-grader asked me that my first week of kindergarten. Word spread rather quickly on the playground and I was suddenly thrown into the world of people who really loved my dad’s books. Until then, I...

Review of Holes

Holesby Louis SacharIntermediate, Older     Foster/Farrar     235 pp.9/98      ISBN 0-374-33265-7      $16.00     gMany years ago I heard a long — very long — shaggy dog story involving a couple of grumpy people, a plane, a train, a brick, a dog, and a cigar. It must have gone on for forty-five minutes or...

A Wider Vision for the Newbery

Editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren AdamsAt first glance, the last ten years appear to have seen a remarkable diversity of books honored by the Newbery award. Poetry and nonfiction have both won medals (Paul Fleischman’s Joyful Noise [Harper] and Russell Freedman’s Lincoln [Clarion]); and a wide range of...

Profile of Newbery Medalist Nancy Willard

by Barbara Lucas"Would you like to meet Father Beasley?" she asked with a laugh. Before I could answer she added, almost shyly, "You know, in The Highest Hit" (Harcourt). She needn't have identified him. The characters from Nancy Willard's books are old friends. They are so real that I often...

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Author Nancy Willard's 1982 Newbery Acceptance Speech

by Nancy WillardThe Provensens and I would like to thank the mem­bers of the Newbery and Caldecott committees for honor­ing our book and to thank everyone at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich with whom we worked. And we are especially glad for an opportunity to honor the remarkable woman who brought us...

Profile of 1977 Newbery Medal winner Mildred D. Taylor

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by Phyllis J. Fogelman"A natural writer" is an overused expression I don't particularly like, but in speaking of Mildred Taylor it seems absolutely appropriate. Mildred's words flow smoothly, effortlessly, it seems, and they abound in richness, harmony, and rhythm. Her stories unfold in a full, leisurely way, well suited to...

Where Do All the Prizes Go? The Case for Nonfiction

by Milton MeltzerEvery year since 1922 the Newbery Medal has been awarded to an author for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." Of the fifty-three Newbery winners to date, how many have been nonfiction? Only five: Hendrik Van Loon's Story of Mankind (Liveright), the very first, in...

Profile of Newbery Medalist Paula Fox

by Augusta Baker Photo: Mimi Forsyth.The Slave Dancer is Paula Fox's first historical novel, though she has written fourteen books, eleven for children and three for adults. The novel is set in 1840 but its vividness reaches beyond the past — beyond the horror, the cruelty, and the ugliness of...

The Slave Dancer: Author Paula Fox's 1974 Newbery Medal Acceptance

by Paula FoxNearly all the work of writing is silent. A writer does it alone. And the original intention — that first sudden stirring of one's imagination — is made up of many small, almost always humble, things. Because a major ef­fort of writing is reflection, which is silent and...
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