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ALA Awards 2023: Horn Book Reviews of the Winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Amina Luqman-Dawson for Freewater and Doug Salati for Hot Dog on January 30, 2023, at the American Library Association’s virtual LibLearnX. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura...

Additional ALA Awards 2023

  Alex Award [for the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences] A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (Pamela Dorman/Penguin Random House) Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R. F. Kuang (Harper Voyager/HarperCollins*) I'm Glad My Mom...

Reviews of the 2023 Pura Belpré YA Award Winners

Winner Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado High School    Sourcebooks Fire    352 pp.    g 5/22    978-1-7282-4600-0    $18.99 In this horror novel grounded in a real-world setting, sixteen-year-old Raquel’s life is upended when her friend disappears — part of a pattern of unexplained ­disappearances — and her mother is...

Reviews of the 2023 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winners

Winner Where Wonder Grows by Xelena González; illus. by Adriana M. Garcia Primary    Cinco Puntos/Lee & Low    40 pp. 10/22    9781947627468    $17.95 e-book ed  9781947627475    $17.95 REVIEW TO COME     Honor Books Phenomenal AOC: The Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by Anika Aldamuy...

Reviews of the 2023 Pura Belpré Author Award Winners

Winner Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega; illus. by Rose Bousamra Intermediate    First Second    224 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-250-25962-2    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-1-250-25963-9    $12.99 In a graphic novel that takes on antiblackness and colorism, every Sunday Marlene must sit for hours at the beauty salon while her...

Reviews of the 2023 Printz Award Winners

Winner All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir High School    Razorbill/Penguin    384 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-593-20234-0    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-20235-7    $10.99 In this stark and searing sort-of love story, two Pakistani American teens living in a California desert town struggle to choose connection over isolation when family crises strike. Salahudin—artsy, aimless,...

Reviews of the 2023 Sibert Award Winners

Winner Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams’s Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge; illus. by Lauren Tamaki Intermediate, Middle School    Chronicle    132 pp.    g 10/22    978-1-4521-6510-3    $21.99 Numerous books have been written about the forced removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans...

Reviews of the 2023 Geisel Award Winners

Winner I Did It! [I Like to Read: Comics] by Michael Emberley; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-0-8234-4651-3    $14.99 A red-nosed creature wearing a green-and-purple-striped onesie attempts a series of activities: building a tall block tower, climbing a rope and a tree, catching a...

Reviews of the 2023 CSK Illustrator Award Winners

Winner Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary, Intermediate     Crown    32 pp.     g 9/22     978-0-593-30634-5     $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30635-2    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30636-9    $10.99 This is a moving walk through African...
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