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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 […]

Reviews of the 2019 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer; illus. by Ekua Holmes Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 9/18    978-0-7636-7883-8    $17.99 From darkness, we experience the Big Bang, the birth of the universe, and the emergence of life on Earth. Holmes, known for her striking collage art (Voice of Freedom, rev. 9/15; Out of Wonder, rev. […]

Reviews of the 2019 CSK Author Award winners

Winner A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield Middle School, High School    Clarion    196 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-544-78513-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-328-69904-6    $9.99 This readable, compelling history explores the longstanding and deeply rooted causes of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot, which left thirty-eight people dead and 537 wounded (two-thirds […]

Additional ALA Awards 2019

Alex Award for 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 Story of War and […]

Reviews of the 2019 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner Dreamers by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Primary Porter/Holiday 40 pp. 9/18 978-0-8234-4055-9 $18.99 e-book ed. 978-0-8234-4125-9 $18.99 Spanish ed. 978-0-8234-4258-4 $18.99 Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book — the infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive. These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / […]

Reviews of the 2019 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo High School     HarperTeen     361 pp.     g 3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99 Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, whose name means “one who is ready for war,” has been fighting her whole life. The self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem furiously confronts catcalling […]