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Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth [Lowriders] by Cathy Camper; illus. by Raúl the Third Intermediate     Chronicle     128 pp. 7/16     978-1-4521-2343-1     $22.99 To win a competition, animal friends Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and Flapjack Octopus build a rocket-powered lowrider out of space materials collected as they drive through the galaxy. The unique ballpoint-pen […]

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Illustrator Award winners

Winner Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary Little, Brown 40 pp. 10/16 978-0-316-21388-2 $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in this […]

Reviews of the 2017 CSK Author Award winners

Winner March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell Middle School, High School Top Shelf Productions 254 pp. 8/16 978-1-60309-402-3 $19.99 g This final volume (March: Book One, rev. 1/14; March: Book Two, rev. 5/15) includes the expected and necessary set pieces from the civil rights movement: the 1963 bombing […]

Reviews of the 2017 Newbery Award winners

Winner: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill Intermediate, Middle School Algonquin 388 pp. 8/16 978-1-61620-567-6 $16.95 Every year, the people of the Protectorate steel themselves for the Day of Sacrifice, when the elders take the city’s youngest baby and leave it in the woods to appease the witch — a witch no […]

Reviews of the 2017 Caldecott Award winners

Winner: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe; illus. by the author Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 10/16    978-0-316-21388-2    $17.99 Picture books about artists are tricky. Should the illustrator mimic the subject’s style, or instead attempt to capture his or her essence? Steptoe does a little of both in this […]

What do you think of the REAL Caldecott winners?

So, I bet a lot of you watched the awards live online. If you didn’t, here’s the link where you can see what happened this morning http://ala.unikron.com/2017/ I’m putting this post up really fast so you all have a place to respond to the winners. Martha and Robin and I will chime in later. Radiant […]

The Horn Book Goes South

Martha Parravano, Al Berman, and I will be at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta this weekend. While Martha is busy on the CSK Book Award jury and rounding up articles and new contributors, Al and I will be stalking the exhibit hall to see what’s new and get publishers to transfer funds from their advertising budgets […]