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All a-Twitter 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @PianoHazel: @ArchitectJames: You’re everything to me. Reply from @Aphrodite: Aww, humans! @HesAKeeper: @LighthouseLady […]

Books mentioned in the February 2019 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Claire Hartfield A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, Clarion, 12–16 years. Celebrating Black History 2019 The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson, Houghton/Versify, 8–14 years. We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, ed. by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, illus. by […]

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 more interviews with the award-winning […]

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 winners Newbery Medal winner and honor books 5Q for Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Review of Merci Suárez Changes […]

Preview March/April 2019 Horn Book Magazine

“In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful”: adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture. Author Sayantani DasGupta explains why her #OwnVoices characters don’t wear shoes in the house. An excerpt from Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s forthcoming book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games. New for New Readers: […]

2019 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour

Excited about this year’s Sydney Taylor Book Award winners? If so, watch this space — and these other spaces — February 10 through 14. The Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour kicks off on Sunday, with various blogs interviewing the creators of the winners and honor books. Here at Out of the Box, Sydney Taylor Book […]

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 the Coretta Scott King, Pura […]

Reviews of the 2019 Geisel Award winners

Winner Fox the Tiger [I Can Read Book] by Corey R. Tabor; illus. by the author Primary     Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins     32 pp. 8/18     978-0-06-239869-7    $16.99 Paper ed. 978-0-06-239867-3      $4.99 Fox thinks tigers are very cool, so he paints stripes on himself and “goes for a prowl.” Soon Tiger meets Turtle, who wants to be a […]

Reviews of the 2019 Newbery Award winners

Winner Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina Intermediate, Middle School    Candlewick    361 pp.    g 9/18    978-0-7636-9049-6    $16.99 Working-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 tuition. […]

Reviews of the 2019 Caldecott Award winners

Winner Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    48 pp.    g 4/18    978-0-316-36238-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-36237-5    $9.99 Blackall’s (Finding Winnie, rev. 9/15) picture book opens as a new keeper arrives to take up his solitary duties at a lighthouse “on the highest rock of a tiny island at the […]