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ALA Awards 2018: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Erin Entrada Kelly for Hello, Universe and Matthew Cordell for Wolf in the Snow on February 12th, 2018, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Denver. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, […]

Reviews of the 2018 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya; illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal Preschool, Primary     Putnam     32 pp. 9/17     978-0-399-25156-6     $16.99 [review to come]     Honor Books All Around Us by Xelena González; illus. by Adriana M. Garcia Preschool, Primary     Cinco Puntos     32 pp. 10/17     978-1-941026-76-2     $17.95 [review to come]       […]

Reviews of the 2018 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar Intermediate    Paulsen/Penguin    237 pp.    g 4/17    978-0-399-54644-0    $16.99 In this novel based on the author’s childhood, Ruthie is just ten years old in 1966 when she arrives in Queens from Cuba with her little brother and parents. Because she only speaks Spanish, she is placed in the fifth-grade […]

Raúl the Third, 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator winner, at Cport School

On Monday, Raúl the Third (a.k.a. Raúl Gonzalez) was announced as winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award for his middle-grade graphic novel Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, written by Cathy Camper. Some people go to Disney World. This guy went to Cambridgeport School! On Tuesday he spent the morning in the […]

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on January 23rd, 2017, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Atlanta. Also announced at the gathering […]

Reviews of the 2017 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner: Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    90 pp. 9/16    978-0-7636-7208-9    $14.99 This brisk, episodic (in the best way) chapter book introduces Juana, a young girl living in Bogotá, Colombia, who loves many things: her city, her family, reading, Brussels sprouts, and her dog, Lucas. She does not […]

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 2016 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage 
Changed Music by Margarita Engle; 
illus. by Rafael López Primary    Houghton    40 pp. 3/15    978-0-544-10229-3    $16.99 A young girl dreams of becoming a drummer. Though she lives “on an island of music / in a city of drumbeats,” hers is an impossible dream: only boys play drums. […]

Reviews of the 2016 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner: Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle Middle School   Atheneum   195 pp. 8/15   978-1-4814-3522-2   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-3524-6   $10.99 Well known for her portrayals of historic Cubans in verse novels such as The Surrender Tree (rev. 7/08) and The Poet Slave of Cuba (rev. 7/06), Engle explores her own […]

Reviews of the 2015 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner: I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín; illus. by Lee White; trans. by E. M. O’Connor Intermediate     Atheneum     455 pp. 3/14    978-1-4169-5344-9    $16.99 Eleven-year-old Chilean girl Celeste faces upheaval when a brutal dictator rises to power, her parents go into hiding, and she is shipped off to Maine. Threads of mysticism lend an […]