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February 2018 Horn Book Herald – ALA Youth Media Awards Edition

What a year! Congratulations to all of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators and their publishers. Below, we chat with the creators of one of the morning’s most-recognized books, Crown author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James. You’ll also find Horn Book reviews of the 2018 winners, history (and critique) of […]

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 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 […]

Reviews of the 2018 Batchelder Award winners

Winner The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius; illus. by the author; trans. from the Swedish 
by Peter Graves Intermediate, Middle School    Delacorte    590 pp. 1/17    978-1-101-93175-2    $17.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-101-93177-6    $10.99 In Lisbon, Sally Jones (a gorilla living in the human world) and the Chief accept cargo from one Alphonse Morro for their ship […]

Reviews of the 2018 Printz Award winners

Winner We Are Okay by Nina LaCour High School     Dutton      234 pp. 2/17     978-0-525-42589-2     $17.99 Alone on a snowy campus for winter break during her first year of college, Marin — who abruptly fled her California home for reasons that only gradually become clear — anxiously awaits the arrival of her best […]

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, […]

Reviews of the 2018 Sibert Award Winners

Winner Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner Middle School    Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills    110 pp.    g 11/17    978-1-62979-586-7    $18.95 e-book ed.  978-1-62979-917-9    $9.99 Brimner (We Are One; Birmingham Sunday; Black & White) revisits the civil rights movement in this book about the 1961 Freedom Ride. Opening with a litany of landmark […]

Reviews of the 2018 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya; illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary     Putnam     32 pp. 9/17     978-0-399-25156-6     $16.99 [review to come]       Honor Books All Around Us by Xelena González; illus. by Adriana M. Garcia Preschool, Primary     Cinco Puntos     32 pp. 10/17     978-1-941026-76-2     $17.95 [review to come]     […]

Reviews of the 2018 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar Intermediate    Paulsen/Penguin    237 pp.    g 4/17    978-0-399-54644-0    $16.99 In this novel based on the author’s childhood, Ruthie is just ten years old in 1966 when she arrives in Queens from Cuba with her little brother and parents. Because she only speaks Spanish, she is placed in the fifth-grade […]