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Publishers' Preview: Middle-Grade Fiction: Five Questions for Derrick Chow

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Middle-Grade Fiction, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by The Ravenous Things...
      

Publishers' Preview: Middle-Grade Fiction: Five Questions for J. A. White

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Middle-Grade Fiction, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Nightbooks, Alex...
      

Publishers' Preview: Middle-Grade Fiction: Five Questions for Tae Keller

This interview originally appeared in the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Publishers’ Previews: Middle-Grade Fiction, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by In Jennifer Chan...
      

Newbery Knowledge

Trivia about Newbery Award winners: At the Banquet When Marguerite Henry came to the 1949 ALA convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to accept the Newbery Medal for King of the Wind, she brought her horse, Misty, the subject of 1948 honoree Misty of Chincoteague. The publicity stunt was a surprise...
      

Review of Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones

Book of Questions / Libro de las preguntas: Selections / Selecciones by Pablo Neruda; illus. by Paloma Valdivia; trans. from Spanish by Sara Lissa PaulsonPrimary, Intermediate    Enchanted Lion    80 pp.    g4/22    978-1-59270-322-7    $22.95This lavish volume includes excerpts from Neruda’s Libro de las preguntas in the original Spanish alongside new English...
      

Review of Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden

Celia Planted a Garden: The Story of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden by Phyllis Root and Gary D. Schmidt; illus. by Melissa SweetPrimary, Intermediate    Candlewick    40 pp.    g5/22    978-1-5362-0429-2    $18.99Largely forgotten today, American writer Celia Laighton Thaxter enjoyed a significant literary career in the latter half of the nineteenth...
      

Review of The Summer of Bitter and Sweet

The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen FergusonHigh School    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    384 pp.    g5/22    978-0-06-308616-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-0-06-308618-0    $12.99Lou is preparing to spend the summer scooping ice cream at her uncles’ seasonal shop, Michif Creamery, to save money for university in the fall. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned. She...
      

Review of The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky

The Depth of the Lake and the Height of the Sky by Jihyun Kim; illus. by the author Primary    Floris    48 pp.  g 4/22    978-1-78250-742-0    $17.95 This wordless picture book about a city child visiting the country pays tribute to the wonders of the natural world. The cinematic illustrations begin...
      

After the Call: Something Magical

What did winning the Newbery Medal mean to me? It has taken some time to wrap my head around this question. The Last Cuentista won the Newbery Medal! I’ve texted my editor, Nick Thomas, a few times with, “We won the Newbery” and “Did that really happen?” just to help...
      

A Place for Poetry

Poetry has so much to offer young readers: beautiful language, musical rhythms, creative formats, powerful emotions, and so much more. Yet, when it comes to award recognition, poetry has rarely had a place at the Newbery table. Just sixteen books of poetry have been recognized with Newbery Medals or Honors...
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