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Reviews of the 2020 Sibert Award winners

Winner Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard; illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary    Roaring Brook    48 pp. 10/19    978-1-62672-746-5    $18.99 This affectionate picture book depicts an intergenerational group of Native American family members and friends as they make fry bread together. The text begins: “Fry...

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...

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 Sibert Award winners

WinnerThe Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Scienceby Joyce Sidman; 
photos by the authorIntermediate    Houghton    140 pp.    g2/18    978-0-544-71713-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-83028-9    $9.99Sidman introduces readers to Maria Merian, a seventeenth-century German naturalist whose illustrations of the life cycles of butterflies and moths included groundbreaking scientific details, such...

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 Sibert Award Winners

WinnerTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961by Larry Dane BrimnerMiddle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    110 pp.    g11/17    978-1-62979-586-7    $18.95e-book ed.  978-1-62979-917-9    $9.99Brimner (We Are One; Birmingham Sunday; Black & White) revisits the civil rights movement in this book about the 1961 Freedom Ride. Opening with a litany of landmark court...

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 Sibert Award Winners

Winner: March: Book Threeby John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate PowellMiddle School, High School  Top Shelf Productions  254 pp.8/16    978-1-60309-402-3    $19.99    gThis final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights...

Reviews of the 2016 Sibert Award winners

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Winner: Funny Bones: Posada and His Day 
of the Dead Calaverasby Duncan Tonatiuh; 
illus. by the authorPrimary, Intermediate Abrams 40 pp.8/15 978-1-4197-1647-8 $18.95Artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1915) didn’t invent calaveras, the iconic skeletons associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration, but they attained their greatest popularity during the twenty-four...

Reviews of the 2015 Sibert Award winners

Winner: The Right Word:Roget and His Thesaurusby Jen Bryant; illus. by Melissa SweetPrimary     Eerdmans    48 pp.9/14     978-0-8028-5385-1     $17.50Apt language and ingenious imagery combine to tell the life story of Peter Mark Roget, creator of the thesaurus. A solitary, though not unhappy, child, Roget spends his time keeping...

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 Sibert Award winners

Winner: Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore; illus. by Susan L. Roth(Lee & Low)This gorgeously illustrated history of the critically endangered Puerto Rican parrot, along with the settlement and development of Puerto Rico, underscores the environmental consequences of human populations on indigenous animal species. The...
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