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ALA Awards 2019: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Meg Medina for Merci Suárez Changes Gears and Sophie Blackall for Hello Lighthouse on January 28, 2019, at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in Seattle. Also announced at the gathering were the winners of the Coretta Scott King, Pura […]

Reviews of the 2019 Belpré Illustrator Award winners

Winner Dreamers by Yuyi Morales; illus. by the author Primary Porter/Holiday 40 pp. 9/18 978-0-8234-4055-9 $18.99 e-book ed. 978-0-8234-4125-9 $18.99 Spanish ed. 978-0-8234-4258-4 $18.99 Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book — the infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive. These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / […]

Reviews of the 2019 Belpré Author Award winners

Winner The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo High School     HarperTeen     361 pp.     g 3/18     978-0-06-266280-4     $17.99 e-book ed. 978-0-06-266282-8     $9.99 Fifteen-year-old Xiomara, whose name means “one who is ready for war,” has been fighting her whole life. The self-described “brown and big and angry” Dominican girl from Harlem furiously confronts catcalling […]