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Blowing the Horn: The Gold Issue: (and why a glow-in-the-dark Horn Book is NOT a good idea)

It was a glistening gift that sparked an unforgettable celebration. In 2019, as the Coretta Scott King Book Awards approached their ­fiftieth anniversary, I called Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton with an idea: to create a commemorative issue solely devoted to the history, legacy, and future of the...

In the Studio with Jerry Pinkney

Photo: Robyn Pforr Ryan. With the Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrating their fiftieth year, I was delighted to take a moment to talk about the CSK with Jerry Pinkney, my husband Brian’s dad, whom I admiringly call my “father-in-love.” (The term father-in-law is much too formal for such a down-to-earth...

Editorial: Behold the Gold!

Welcome to The Horn Book’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. As you may know, we publish a special themed issue annually, and when Andrea Davis Pinkney called to ask what The Horn Book might be able to do to commemorate the CSK’s fiftieth...

The Book That Changed My Life: My Heart's Music

There are the moments when a single book scoops you up, holds you, rocks you, and begs you to feel your own soul’s depth. For me that book was — and still is — Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I was a teenager when I...

Hand in Hand: Author Andrea Davis Pinkney’s 2013 BGHB Nonfiction Honor Speech

Anyone who has dared to reach for a far-off horizon knows what it takes.It takes a mighty pair of hands to craft a chain, build a bridge, make a change.It takes a mighty pair of hands to seize an opportunity.To grab a ball and run with it.To hold on tight...

Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

This morning, I would like to talk to you about black men. Let’s 
face it: as an African American woman, it is perhaps unlikely that 
I have authored a book and am speaking on behalf of black men. 
But here I am.So, to begin, I’d like to share the story...

Awards that Stand on Solid Ground

It was with great interest that I read Marc Aronson’s article, “Slippery Slopes and Proliferating Prizes,” in the May/June 2001 issue of this publication. I appreciate the author’s insight into ALA awards, such as the Coretta Scott King Award (CSK) and the Pura Belpré, that celebrate the cultural and ethnic...

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