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Editorial: An Honor Indeed (July/August 2024)

The July/August issue of the Magazine is always tricky, logistically, as it goes to press early and then sits and waits for its close-up on the morning after the ­Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy Awards Banquet at ALA Annual. By the time you’re reading this, hopefully you will have joined us at booth 1638...

Table of Contents: July/August 2024 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards

                                      Cover © 2024 by Vashti Harrison. Features The Year in Words and Pictures by Horn Book Editors Children’s Literature Legacy Award ­Acceptance by Pam Muñoz Ryan   Big Life: A profile of Pam...

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,...

Blowing the Horn: Mazel Tov

Illustration (c) 2024 by Selina Alko. From the May/June 2024 special issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Our Centennial. For more Horn Book centennial coverage, click here. Find more in the "Blowing the Horn" series here. Single copies of this special issue are available for $15.00 including postage and may...
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