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Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

by Martha V. Parravano and Dr. Kim Parker Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate, 4–8 years) was a 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards darling, recipient of four Honor awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Author, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator. The Crown team — author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James […]

Extras on the 2018 Youth Media Award winners

To accompany our 2018 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year’s Youth Media Award winners. Horn Book reviews of the Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, CSK, Printz, Sibert, and Batchelder Award winners Newbery Medal winner and honor books Review of Hello, Universe Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon […]

The arc of the moral universe

Like many people in the country, I’ve been inspired by the Florida high school students who are making impassioned calls for gun law reform in the wake of last week’s mass shooting. Rather than turning inward to process the trauma — which would make complete sense — they’re using the national spotlight, social media, and […]

Pictures / Visual literacy | Class #5, 2018

This week’s class (Feb. 28) focuses on visual literacy: pictures in young adult literature, in works of both fiction and nonfiction. Students will read two picture books and a choice of graphic novels. The prompts below address the role of these books in the classroom; you might also respond to the interplay of text and […]

Week in Review, February 12th-16th

This week on hbook.com… The 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, were announced on Monday. See how The Horn Book reviewed major award-winners and honor books! Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: Reviews, interviews, and speeches on the March trilogy by Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. […]

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Year of the Dog! We wish all who are celebrating a new year full of joy and prosperity. we’ve updated our Lunar New Year reading list with fiction and nonfiction books featuring the holiday for preschool, primary, and intermediate readers. All of the titles below were recommended for by The Horn Book Magazine and […]

On Christopher Myers’s “Orlando” (from 2016)

Just after the Pulse nightclub murders in June 2016, Christopher Myers wrote the Horn Book Magazine article “Orlando“: What happens next, in the wake of these sorts of tragedies, I’m sorry to say, has become increasingly familiar. News outlets scramble, desperate to find narratives that they can apply like inadequate bandages on wounds too deep […]

ALAMW18: Not-a-Martha (or a Roger)

Although I’ve worked at The Horn Book for nearly twelve years (!! feels like yesterday), this was my first year attending Midwinter as an official ALA member. ALSC hosted a new members’ dinner on Friday night, where I bonded with Elizabeth Serrano, from the “home office” in Chicago, over perplexing cocktail names (“Not my chair, […]

Five questions for Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson

Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz presented a fictionalized account of her father’s young-adulthood in 2015’s X: A Novel (Candlewick, 14 years and up; written with Kekla Magoon). Her new book, Betty Before X (Farrar, 11–14 years), written with 2018 CSK Author Award winner Renée Watson, and with a younger audience in mind, explores the life […]

All a-Twitter 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! What might characters of children’s and YA lit tweet to their valentines? We’ve got some ideas! See if you can guess who’s tweeting to whom — and feel free to add your own sweet kidlit tweets in the comments. @Wolf: @GirlinRed Ain’t no mountain high enough / ain’t no forest wide enough […]