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Blowing the Horn: Our World of Books

My son John, who is not only a voracious reader but has also had the opportunity to meet many writers, librarians, editors, and ­publishers, said to me once, “You know, Mom, how lucky you are. You get to work with the best people in the world.” I do know that,...

After the Call: The Newbery's Gifts

Two-time winner Katherine Paterson (far right) with her family, celebrating her 1981 Newbery for Jacob Have I Loved. Photo courtesy of Katherine Paterson. Most awards are given soon after or even when they’re announced, but winners of the Newbery Medal are told on a morning in January and have until...

Review of Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks: Poems, Prayers, and Praise Songs of Thanksgiving edited by Katherine Paterson; illus. by Pamela DaltonAll Ages     Handprint/Chronicle     56 pp.10/13     978-1-4521-1339-5     $18.99Paterson divides this collection of brief prayers, poems, and meditations into thanks for food, life, spirit, and community. Her selection is catholic and spans the centuries,...

A Profile of Katherine Paterson

Katherine the storyteller.If Scheherazade and Katherine Paterson went tale-to-tale in a 
storytelling contest, Katherine would be the one to keep her head. The Arabian maiden may have managed to stave off death for 1001 nights, but do the math: that’s less than three years.Katherine has been telling stories for forty...

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Intricate, water-colored paper cuts make for an old-fashioned delight in Katherine Paterson’s reimagining of Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures.  I was initially struck by the use of black—an unusual choice in a picture book.  The black allows the intricacies of the Scherenschnitte (the name for this type...

>March/April Horn Book Magazine

>The March/April issue of the Horn Book Magazine, dedicated to Katherine Paterson, is now out and, selectively, up....

An Interview with Katherine Paterson

cover art by Brian SelznickAs a member of the selection committee, I knew last fall that Katherine Paterson was going to be our second National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and my partner Richard and I (along with our dog Buster) went up to Vermont to visit with Katherine and...

>January Notes

>The new issue of Notes from the Horn Book, featuring an interview (excerpted from the forthcoming March/April issue of the Magazine) with our new Ambassador, Katherine Paterson, is out. Also: stormy fiction, picture book bios, animal tales and the Five Best Books by Katherine Paterson According to Me....

>It finally can be told

>Yay, Katherine!...

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