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Ain't Burned All the Bright

[Many Calling Caldecott posts this season will begin with the Horn Book Magazine review of the featured book, followed by the post's author's critique.]   Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Jason Griffin Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    384 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-5344-3946-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3947-4    $10.99 Reynolds’s...
      

BGHB 2022: Ain't Burned All the Bright

We've reached the culmination of Picture Book week in our month-long virtual Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards celebration.   Today, judge Maura O'Toole introduces the 2022 BGHB Picture Book Winner Ain't Burned All the Bright:   The 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book is presented to author Jason Reynolds...
      

Presenting the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners

  On Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 12 pm EDT, Horn Book acting editor in chief Elissa Gershowitz announced the 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. If you want to relive the excitement, you can watch the archived video here:     2022 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED Prestigious...
      

Review of Ain't Burned All the Bright

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Jason Griffin Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    384 pp.    g 1/22    978-1-5344-3946-7    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3947-4    $10.99 Reynolds’s introspective narrative poem, with a young man at home during quarantine as its speaker, shares the stage with Griffin’s emotive collagelike illustrations done in...
      

Review of Stuntboy, in the Meantime

Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds; illus. by Raúl the Third; color by Elaine Bay Intermediate    Dlouhy/Atheneum    272 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-5344-1816-5    $13.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-1818-9    $9.99 This ingeniously crafted illustrated novel offers a multifaceted and heartfelt take on the classic superhero story. Portico Reeves is a kid...
      

Review of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You adapted by Jason Reynolds from a book by Ibram X. Kendi Middle School, High School    Little, Brown    300 pp. 3/20    978-0-316-45369-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-45370-7    $9.99 Reynolds insists from the first paragraph that “this is not a history book,” and he’s right; what instead he...
      

My Father's Final Lesson - The Zena Sutherland Lecture

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The idea of giving a lecture is kind of funky for me. So I will do what I always do, which is just tell you a story. Anyone who knows me knows I love my mama. But when I was thinking about what I wanted to talk about today, I...
      

Preview September/October 2021 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor. The Zena Sutherland Lecture: Jason Reynolds on his father’s final lesson. An excerpt from Eugene Yelchin’s forthcoming memoir, The Genius Under the Table. Author Ann Clare LeZotte recalls how she learned to love books as a prelingual deaf child. The Writer’s Page: Sayantani DasGupta on children’s literature and radical imagination. Horn BOO!: a roundup of Halloween books. ...
      

A Note from Me (May 14, 2021)

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Dear friends: Jason Reynolds’s Zena Sutherland Lecture was a smashing success last Friday. As far as I could see, he spoke without a text or even notes, moving brilliantly and seamlessly from stories about his recently deceased father to just what those stories meant in terms of bringing him and...
      

A Note from Me (May 7, 2021)

Dear friends: Normally on this first Friday in May I’d be winging my way to Chicago for the Zena Sutherland Lecture tonight, but this year I’ll be watching from home along with everybody else as ZS lecturer Jason Reynolds does his inimitable thing. I’m looking forward to it — I...
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