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2019 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

From the BCCB’s Deborah Stevenson, chair of the O’Dell Award committee:    Champaign, IL (January 18, 2019)—The 2019 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, published by Holiday House.   Chicago brings culture shock for eleven-year-old Langston, who moves there from Alabama with his father in 1946 after his mother dies.  […]

Boy, you turn me

Talking about his new book A Ray of Light for this week’s Talks With Roger, author-photographer (and BGHB winner) Walter Wick reminded me of something that I knew but had gratefully managed to forget: we see everything upside-down, and our brains correct the difference. When I think about that I have trouble walking. But with […]

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you got some good reading done over the holidays. Me, I shuttled among Tim Mohr’s Burning Down the Haus (a history of punk rock in East Germany), Ruth Ware’s The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, those latter choices, each about a poor cousin come to […]

Review of Silent Night

Silent Night illus. by Lara Hawthorne Primary    Frances Lincoln    32 pp.    g 10/18    978-1-78603-066-5    $15.99  With gouache paintings rendered into collagelike illustrations via Photoshop, Hawthorne’s version of the classic Christmas carol notably features Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as a brown-skinned family. The text includes all three verses of John Freeman Young’s English translation and is […]

Review of The Wall in the Middle of the Book

The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon Agee; illus. by the author Preschool     Dial     48 pp. 10/18     978-0-525-55545-2     $17.99 Unlike Richard Byrne’s This Book Just Ate My Dog! (rev. 1/15), wherein the book’s gutter did service as a chasm to be negotiated by the characters, here it is […]

Counting on You

Jason Low has announced that the Diversity Baseline survey is back. Publishers, book reviewers, agents (now with agents!) please join in. If the numbers are better than they were five years ago (and I suspect they are), the first iteration of this survey should be credited with some of that success.

Two great ladies

This Thursday at 3:00PM, I’ll be interviewing Ilene Cooper about her latest book, Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Justice. Sponsored by the Junior Library Guild (for which Eleanor served as a board member!), the webcast is free but you need to sign up here. Ilene and I go way way back, but I promise we’ll spare […]

January/February starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2019 issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Also in the January issue will be the annotated list of Fanfare 2018. Found; by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Larry Day (Simon). The Bell Rang; written and illustrated by James E. Ransome (Dlouhy/Atheneum). Good Boy; written and illustrated by Sergio […]

Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Below is Fanfare, a list of the books that the Horn Book editors and reviewers have selected as the best of the year. The complete list with annotations will be published in the December issue of Notes from the Horn Book and in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine. Happy reading! Picture Books Hello […]

From the Editor – November 2018

As award-speculation season begins, don’t forget you can join in the chatter about the Caldecott Medal on our Calling Caldecott blog, and about the Newbery on the Heavy Medal blog over at SLJ. We are in the midst of reading and discussion for Fanfare, the Horn Book’s own choices for the best books of the […]