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Week in Review, July 16th – 20th

This week on hbook.com… Two archival Horn Book Magazine articles available online for the first time: “Confronting the Ovens: The Holocaust and Juvenile Fiction” by Eric A. Kimmel (from the February 1977 issue) — which was cited in Ruth Franklin’s recent New Yorker article “How Should Children’s Books Deal with the Holocaust?” “Mocking Moscow” by […]

Week in Review, July 9th-13th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: 2017 in Review: The Year in Words by Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman 2017 in Review: The Year in Pictures by Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker An Interview with Denene Millner by Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz Jason […]

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 […]

2017 in Review: The Year in Pictures

Travis: I feel like we should begin with a great quote about children’s book illustration. Got one handy? Jules: Well, it’s not about illustration, but given this year’s Caldecott winner, I choose: “Hooooooooowwlll!” On that note, Travis, what are some of the things that stood out for you about the 2018 ALA Youth Media Award […]

From the Editor – July 2018

We are back from the ALA Conference in New Orleans and have the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Awards speeches for you over at hbook.com; Jackie Woodson’s Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award) will come your way in September. My thoughts on the name change, Martha’s take on […]

2017 in Review: The Year in Words

Literature, whether for adults or young readers, often reflects its time. Each year at awards time, along with such perennial debates as popularity versus literary quality, subjectivity, and age appropriateness, critics often focus on thematic treatments that are on the general public’s minds. Recent times have been challenging for many, with societal concerns such as […]

Week in Review, July 2nd-6th

This week on hbook.com… From the July/August 2018 The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards: Table of Contents Roger Sutton’s editorial “Some Best Books, and a Best Man“ 2018 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora Fiction: All Summer Long by Hope Larson […]

ALA 2018: So many choices, so little time, wear comfy shoes

ALA is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, with myriad paths to follow. I missed out on a lot (Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty, the sold-out CSK Breakfast — see Martha’s post), but everything I did see left me invigorated and in awe. Saturday morning began with the “Native YA Today: Contemporary Indigenous […]

ALA 2018: The CSK Breakfast

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast is always a memorable, moving, and transformative experience, the best event at ALA Annual — and this year more than ever (or do I say that every year?). The sold-out event (more on that later) began with a slight glitch — there were no microphones on the podia — […]

2018 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Eloise Greenfield

Thank you, Deborah Taylor and members of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Jury, for this honor. Virginia Hamilton was a writer of great power, dedicated to creating outstanding literature for children, and this award, in her name, is very special. This is going to be a speech of gratitude for the people […]