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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 […]

What’s in a name.

The proposal to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal presents some interesting questions (and congratulations to Jacqueline Woodson on winning it this year and tying with Maurice Sendak as the youngest recipients!). I don’t have a firm opinion as to whether renaming the award is a good idea, although I wish the ALSC board had at […]

The 2018 Caldecott Winners

How is everybody doing this morning? Whew. Exciting day, right? Here’s a zippy-quick post to note that this morning the winners of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards were announced. And we here at Calling Caldecott were most eager, of course, to find out which books the Caldecott committee chose. (Here is the full list of […]

ALA Awards 2018: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello, Universe and Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow on February 12th, 2018, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, […]