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Profile of 2024 Caldecott Medal winner Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison and Farrin Jacobs. Photo: Elyse Marshall. Vashti Harrison cares. She cares about what she says and how she says it. She cares about words on the page — what they communicate and where they are placed. She cares about color and texture and how they help tell a...

Profile of 2024 Newbery Medal winner Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers. Photo: Mark Davis. Dave Eggers believes that true friends exist. His unwavering faith is carried onto every page of The Eyes and the Impossible, the 2024 winner of the Newbery Medal. Its protagonist, Johannes, is a free dog, a fast dog — oh, what a fast dog —...

2024 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Christopher Paul Curtis

I am the father of three very young children: Ayaan, now thirteen, Ebyaan, now twelve, and my ten-year-old son, Libaan. The differences in our ages are such that strangers frequently approach me and tell me how sweet and well behaved my grandchildren are. This is not the sort of thing...

2024 Children's Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Thank you to ALA and ALSC. I was surprised and thrilled to receive the news of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award from Caroline Ward and the committee. Thank you for choosing me. It’s such a lovely salute to my work. My children are here with their spouses and loved ones,...

2024 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance by Dare Coulter

I just want to start by saying the real award for me is to be honored by all of you. To be in a room full of people who have fought the fight and have done the work that ­embodies what the Coretta Scott King Book Awards represent is humbling....

2024 CSK Author Award Acceptance by Ibi Zoboi

I have been writing and telling stories my entire adult life. My first love was journalism — what I consider to be ­truth-telling. Then I fell in love with spoken word poetry — what I consider to be testifying. The need to tell the truth and to testify has always...

2024 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Vashti Harrison

“Did you know you’re the first Black woman to win the Caldecott Medal?” The morning of the American Library Association Youth Media Awards, my agent, Carrie Hannigan, called to ask me this. We had spoken the night before to celebrate, so this call felt more like a briefing. She was...

2024 Newbery Medal Acceptance by Dave Eggers

My journey to you today started in first grade, when my teacher Mrs. Wright, an impossibly kind woman with round-framed glasses and a short brown bob, told us one day that we were going to write our own books. I was seven years old. This made no sense at all,...

Horn Book Podcast

  In 2007 and 2008 the Horn Book had a (more-or-less) monthly podcast. The Horn Book’s new podcast aired in 2016 and 2017, hosted by Roger Sutton (editor in chief at the time) and Siân Gaetano (then Guide editorial assistant). We are happy to make these episodes available once again here. Our podcasts featured...
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