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Peeps and People

  Debbie Reese’s Arbuthnot Lecture is up if you want to give a look and listen; I haven’t listened yet but will; the lecture will also be published in a forthcoming issue of ALSC’s Children and Libraries.                 Then, for fun, see Kitty Flynn’s Peep-driven crisis of parenthood. […]

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We are just dotting the is of the May/June issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards. Phew! I don’t think we’ve published an issue with quite so many moving parts. I speak literally, figuratively, and emotively. I hope our subscribers appreciate this landmark issue, and I wanted to let the rest […]

2019 Zena Sutherland Lecture

The 2019 Zena Sutherland Lecturer is writer and cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, and his topic is “Why Comic Books Matter.” The Lecture will be given at 7:30PM on Friday, May 3rd at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St. in Chicago. Admission is free but tickets are required and can be obtained via […]

Horn Book Magazine Starred reviews, May/June 2019

The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine. Do NOT miss this issue: it is our annual special issue, this time around devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards. With history, interviews, and first person stories from CSK winners, the issue is FAT and wonderful. […]

May the Lord protect and defend you

Tonight I am attending Shabbat with Richard at his temple, and the service will be followed by Lesléa Newman talking about her new book Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story. I love it when one’s worlds collide, don’t you?

For Paul Janeczko

Naomi Shihab Nye, helped out by Lynne Rae Perkins, remembers the recently departed Paul B. Janeczko. He will be missed.     For Paul Janeczko, who Changed the World We were set up to do a reading together in Portland, Maine once — HIS TOWN — and the only attendee was a dog. As we […]

But what IS reality, really?

Please join Children’s Books Boston for “Fact and Fiction: How and Why Authors Draw Upon Reality to Build Fiction,” a panel discussion at Simmons University on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The panelists include novelists Liza Ketchum, Malinda Lo, and Tara Sullivan; the moderator is our own Elissa Gershowitz. 5:30-7:30 PM, top floor of the Management Building […]

R.I.P. Tomi Ungerer and a Letter from Leda

We were sorry to hear about the death of Tomi Ungerer, whose is the name I hear mentioned most frequently when illustrators talk about their heroes. The New York Times has a sympathetic and informative obit of the artist but takes one cheap shot up with which Leda Schubert, dear friend of the Horn Book, will […]

BGHB, NBA, BELPRÉ, PRINTZ…

… and tonight Elizabeth Acevedo is speaking at Simmons University,  free at 5:30 in the Paresky Center.  Go! She is a prodigious talent and, as I learned last night, a formidable dinner companion, keeping me on my toes all evening. (Thank you to Cathie Mercier for including me.) You can read her Boston Globe-Horn Book […]

I Never Do Anything Twice

For an op-ed related to the drama surrounding Blood Heir, the New York Times asked two previous Twitter storm centers, Keira Drake (for The Continent) and Jonah Winter (The Secret Project) for Lessons Learned and their takes on the current debate. I have no take beyond warning people of the folly (and unfairness) of criticizing […]