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Authors & Illustrators

Biographical information about writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Illustrators — finally!

“Illustrators — finally! Authors get all the credit for everything!” said my eight-year-old when I told him I was going to be spending time with a few. On Friday, July 27, I was invited to Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, by the incomparable Kim Parker [NB: every parent, teacher, librarian, administrator, person who cares […]

Five questions for Sergio Ruzzier

The Party and Other Stories [Fox + Chick] (Chronicle; 5–8 years) stars two friends whose relationship isn’t always so smooth. It looks like a picture book from the outside, but simply structured panels and spare, repetitive text make it work just as effectively as an easy reader and an introduction to the conventions of graphic […]

Sarah Crossan Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by In Sarah Crossan’s Moonrise, Joe goes in search of his older brother, a journey to find out who Ed has become and why he is where he is: on death […]

Publishers’ Preview: Debut Authors: Five Questions for NoNieqa Ramos

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by “Am I disturbed? School says I am. Social […]

Publishers’ Preview: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Allison Varnes

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Property of the Rebel Librarian, June discovers […]

Publishers’ Preview: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Adrienne Kisner

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2018 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Brynn’s English assignment is to write to “a […]

An Interview with Denene Millner

In 2016 Chicago-based Agate Publishing announced the launch of a new line under its Bolden Books imprint dedicated to the work of African American authors. Writer, editor, journalist, and founder of the parenting website MyBrownBaby.com, Denene Millner began her eponymous imprint at Agate as “a love letter to children of color who deserve to see […]

Five questions for Catherine Gilbert Murdock

In The Book of Boy (Greenwillow, 9–12 years), we meet a young goatherd accompanying the pilgrim Secundus on his quest for relics, traveling from France to Rome in 1350. Boy is on a quest of his own…and as readers gradually learn (and Boy learns with them), both travelers have fascinating secrets. 1. We’ve seen some […]

Jason Reynolds’s 2018 Lesley University commencement speech

Greetings, President Weiss, the provost, the board of trustees, Dean Katz, members of the Lesley University faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates. The first thing I would like to say is, thank you. Thank you for inviting me, of all people, to come tell you what you’ve already been told at multiple commencement ceremonies […]

From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations by Grace Lin

The weekend before last, my family and I attended the family-friendly opening reception of Grace Lin’s exhibit “From Pencil to Page: Sketches and Illustrations” at the Pao Arts Center, part of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. Grace’s Ling & Ting early readers are favorites in my house, as is Starry River of the Sky, which […]