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After the Call: Sarah, Then and Now

I began Sarah, Plain and Tall long ago in my 1790 New England house, while missing my Wyoming home. I sat in the music room with my dogs, watching my children take the school bus. I worked on a typewriter, listening to the noisy eraser cartridge slap back and forth....

After the Call: Dazzled and Honored

Oh, I remember that evening. We were entertaining dinner guests, and the phone rang. I answered it, and listened, and then the call was over, so I returned to the table to report, except — and I remember this vividly — that the mental tape on which I had always...

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...

After the Call: Love Letters

Susan Cooper at Pembroke College, Oxford, to give the Tolkien Lecture in 2017. Photo courtesy of Pembroke College Tolkien Lecture. The Newbery Award had no effect on my work, I believe — apart from making it temporarily harder, due to the mean little voice in one’s head that sneers: Okay,...

Family Memories of Frederic G. Melcher

The Melchers at a Carnival of Books broadcast for the 1954 Newbery with winner Joseph Krumgold. Photo coutesy of the Melcher family. While my daughters and I are all avid readers who grew up enjoying award-winning children’s literature, we never had the opportunity to meet our relative, Frederic G. Melcher...

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...

May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine Newbery cover key

Grace Lin, 2010 Newbery honoree for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, created our stunning cover for the May/June 2022 Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The Newbery Centennial. Now here is a little backstory behind the creation of this very special cover: Back in early January, Grace agreed to take...

A Letter to Readers: A Distinguished Past, Present, and Future

Welcome to the Horn Book’s special commemorative issue recognizing the centennial celebration of the John Newbery Award! On behalf of the leadership and membership of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) as well as the dedicated and hard-working members of the John Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force,...

Editorial: Newbery Forever? (May/June 2022)

We are tremendously grateful for the invaluable guidance and input of our illustrious consulting editor, Kathleen T. Horning, in creating this special issue on the centennial of the Newbery Award. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is a...
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