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2022: The Year in Words and Pictures

This year’s ALA Youth Media Award winners represent a range of experiences, expertise, interests, and topics. There are previous, beloved winners and there are newcomers to the stage — notably Doug Salati for the Caldecott Medal and Amina Luqman-Dawson for both the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Author awards. Three...
      

Profile of Editor Alexandra Hightower

Future editor of Freewater. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Hightower. On a recent visit to her family home in Atlanta, Alex(andra) ­Hightower came across some papers from her tenth-grade English class. Looking at her essays and the notes in the margins, Alex was struck by how the work she did in...
      

Profile of 2023 Newbery Medal and CSK Author Award winner Amina Luqman-Dawson

Amina in seventh grade. Photo courtesy of Amina Luqman-Dawson. Working with Amina Luqman-Dawson has been nothing short of joyous. Back before the incredible double whammy of the Coretta Scott King and Newbery awards, before Freewater became a New York Times and Indie bestseller, I knew from my very first editorial...
      

2023 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Amina Luqman-Dawson

I’ll begin with gratitude. Thank you to the Newbery committee for recognizing Freewater. You read my work, connected with it, and judged it worthy, regardless of my debut status. To Laura Schreiber, the editor who plucked Freewater from an ever-flowing river of manuscripts. Laura immediately had vision and excitement for...
      

ALA Awards 2023: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Amina Luqman-Dawson for Freewater and Doug Salati for Hot Dog on January 30, 2023, at the American Library Association’s virtual LibLearnX. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura...
      

Reviews of the 2023 Newbery Medal Winners

Winner Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson Intermediate, Middle School    Little, Brown    416 pp.    g 2/22    978-0-316-05661-8    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-05674-8    $9.99 Many accounts of the Underground Railroad mention that enslaved Blacks would stick close to swamps as they made their way North, as the topography proved problematic for slave catchers. A...
      

Newbery centennial roundup

All summer we've been celebrating the Newbery Award with our May/June Horn Book Magazine special issue dedicated to the Newbery centennial (featuring this amazing Newbery cover by honoree Grace Lin), plus our annual July/August ALA Awards special issue, which featured "The Year in Words and Pictures—and Stories" along with the...
      

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...
      

The Year in Words and Pictures—and Stories

As the speeches and profiles arrived for this year’s ALA Awards special issue, we noticed a theme: so many of them address the idea of learning from others, especially those who came before. That’s part of the work of acceptance speeches, of course, as creators give credit to their influences....
      

ALA Annual 2022

July/August cover by Jason Chin and May/June cover by Grace Lin. Copies available for purchase; see below.  Martha V. Parravano, Book Review Editor: I was in DC for a scant 30 hours, but they were packed ones. My primary purpose in going to ALA was to reestablish contact with colleagues...
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