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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....
      

Profile of 2022 Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Grace Lin

"Book Friends Forever": Alvina and Grace as kids (left) and as roommates (right). Photos courtesy of Alvina Ling. In Grace Lin’s first novel, the semiautobiographical The Year of the Dog, Pacy first meets the new girl, Melody, in the school cafeteria after the lunch lady confuses them (they’re the only...
      

2022 Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Grace Lin

Children's Literature Legacy Award winner Grace Lin in her studio. Photo: Danielle Tait. First, the thank yous. Thank you to: My agent, Rebecca ­Sherman, whom I have forgotten to mention in the past, so your name goes first this time! My family — my parents, my sisters, and of course...
      

Sick-day reading, Newbery Special Issue-style

A sick-day photo, only slightly staged. Kid was already reading Newbery honoree Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, and I couldn't resist dropping in the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial, with cover art by WTMMTM author/illustrator Grace Lin.   Single copies of this special issue are available for...
      

May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine Newbery cover key

Grace Lin, 2010 Newbery honoree for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, created our stunning cover for the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial. Now here is a little backstory behind the creation of this very special cover: Back in early January, Grace agreed to take...
      

Table of Contents: May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial

Cover (c) 2022 by Grace Lin.   Features Family Memories of Frederic G. Melcher by Sue Melcher Beginning at the beginning: remembering the founder of the Newbery Award. From Trend to Norm by Linda Sue Park “The numbers clearly demonstrate that things are changing for the better, with Newbery books...
      

Preview May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial

Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial Original cover art by 2010 Newbery honoree Grace Lin. Editorial page by special guest Kathleen T. Horning. A welcome letter from John Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force Chair Susan H. Polos. Sue Melcher’s family memories of Newbery and Caldecott found Frederic G. Melcher. From...
      

Review of Circle! Sphere!; The Last Marshmallow; Up to My Knees!; What Will Fit?

Circle! Sphere! [Storytelling Math] by Grace Lin; illus. by the author Preschool    Charlesbridge    16 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-62354-124-8    $6.99 The Last Marshmallow [Storytelling Math] by Grace Lin; illus. by the author Preschool    Charlesbridge    16 pp.    g 10/20    978-1-62354-126-2    $6.99 Up to My Knees! [Storytelling Math] by Grace Lin; illus. by...
      

Five questions for Grace Lin

Caldecott (for A Big Mooncake for Little Star in 2019), Newbery (for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon in 2010), and Geisel (for Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! in 2011) honoree Grace Lin’s new Storytelling Math board book series (Charlesbridge, 3-5 years) fulfills both parts of its name:...
      

A Big Bed for Little Snow

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On the paper jacket for Grace Lin's A Big Bed for Little Snow, a companion to her 2019 Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, we see a grinning boy atop a blue-gray, cloudlike bed. The boy's grin exudes mischief, and feathers float in the air. Has he been jumping on the...
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