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A Walk in the Woods

Caldecott decision-makers face the unwritten guideline to evaluate the accomplishments of each picture book throughout the year with an open mind. Each committee member needs to figure out how to engage with each book on its terms rather than on the reader’s preference for a style or visual aesthetic. They...

Review of A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes; illus. by Jerry Pinkney and Brian PinkneyPrimary  Porter/Holiday    40 pp.9/23    9780823449651    $18.99Shortly after his father’s death, a boy opens an envelope his father left him to find a map of the woods with a bright red X marking a destination. Still coping...

Nikki Grimes and Brian Pinkney Talk with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Holiday House/Peachtree/Pixel+Ink   A Walk in the Woods was to be Nikki Grimes and Jerry Pinkney’s first collaboration, but Jerry sadly died before the book could be completed. Below, Jerry’s...

Review of Just Jerry: How Drawing Shaped My Life

Just Jerry: How Drawing Shaped My Life by Jerry Pinkney; illus. by the author Intermediate     Little, Brown    160 pp. 1/23    9780316383851    $17.99 Reflecting on some memorable moments of his life, celebrated author-illustrator Pinkney offers an intimate look back to his childhood in this poignant, posthumously published memoir. The book opens...

Ashley Bryan and Jerry Pinkney: Unfettered Artists Sharing Their Talents, Visions, and Joys

Two revered illustrators: Ashley Bryan (left; courtesy of Sandy Campbell) and Jerry Pinkney (right; photo: Robyn Pforr Ryan). Ashley Bryan (1923–2022) and Jerry Pinkney (1939–2021) are two of our most revered illustrators of children’s books. Each was prolific, with more than seventy books for Bryan and over one hundred for...

Fables, Folktales, and Puppets for the Pandemic

“You don’t know what you don’t know.” This was a phrase one of my previous coworkers liked to use frequently, but I never truly appreciated her words until the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Suddenly, toilet paper went from being a banal commodity to a coveted luxury as the stuff became...

Review of The Welcome Chair

The Welcome Chair by Rosemary Wells; illus. by Jerry Pinkney Primary, Intermediate    Wiseman/Simon    40 pp.    g 11/21    978-1-5344-2977-2    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-2978-9    $10.99 Two renowned picture-book creators trace the journey of a wooden rocking chair in this affecting immigration story based in part on Wells’s family lore. Wells begins with...

Happy Birthday to Me (and Maybe You?): A Note from Me (Oct 26, 2021)

Dear friends: Today is my sixty-fifth birthday, and my present to myself (and maybe some of you!) is my retirement from the role of Editor in Chief of the Horn Book, Inc., effective December 31 of this year. Why? Because I’ve been at it for more than twenty-five years and...

Jerry Pinkney, the Lion of the Caldecott

The late Jerry Pinkney was a Caldecott giant, winning five Caldecott honors before striking gold with his historic 2010 win for The Lion and the Mouse. Let's take a moment — here on this blog that's all about the Caldecott — to appreciate his impact on the award as we remember a great...

Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021)

Everybody here at the Horn Book is deeply saddened by the death of Jerry Pinkney, a great Friend of the Horn Book for many decades. I had just talked to Jerry, along with Rosemary Wells, for a Talks With Roger interview about their new picture book The Welcome Chair, which...

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