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A Thousand Winters: 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award Acceptance

I am a poet. On the morning of the youth media announcements, Jacqueline Woodson and I are texting each other. There is a shift happening in the wonderful world of children’s books, and we feel it, and I guess we want to share that moment. “Jackie, this is awesome, isn’t it? We need to get […]

Coretta Scott King Awards 2015

Some of the most eagerly awaited announcements during the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference are the Coretta Scott King Awards. This year, with all the discussion about diversity, anticipation was high about what would captivate the CSK jury. Would previously decorated authors and illustrators receive additional accolades to gild already outstanding bodies of work? […]

Dream Keepers: 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance

It is Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in a restaurant in Vancouver, B.C. In an hour, I will give my final talk of a two-day visit. In these two days, I’ve visited a number of schools in Vancouver — both independent and public. As I stood in front of each crowd, I was astonished by […]

Profile of 2015 CSK Author winner Jacqueline Woodson

One of the greatest joys of my career has been seeing Brown Girl Dreaming come to life and reverberate as it has been handed from reader to reader. I have been lucky enough to work with Jacqueline Woodson for almost twenty years. She was the very first author I signed up when I became the […]

2015 CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance

I’ve just about given up on the world. A friend of mine, a book-wise, hanger-thin Jamaican, whose spider fingers dance across endless stories, whose easy smile softens the formality of his dress, sent me an essay he wrote, about how much safer he felt as a child in the gangster-riddled streets of 1980s Kingston than […]

Giant (for Christopher Myers)

You know I ain’t never met a giant Who can make things Giants usually break things Unmake things But not you You make things You build worlds And road maps And treasure maps You build treasures And hide gold coins in the palms Of small hands How you be so swift anyway? How everybody see […]

#ALAAC15 + HB Mag

What a thrilling ALA Annual conference this year in San Francisco (so we hear…). We hope you were able to pick up a copy of the July/August Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Awards. If not, it’ll be in your mailbox soon. If not? Subscribe to the Magazine, for goodness sake! In this Special Issue you’ll […]

Reviews of the 2015 CSK Author Award winners

Winner: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Intermediate, Middle School     Paulsen/Penguin     328 pp. 8/14     978-0-399-25251-8     $16.99 g Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy […]

Reviews of the CSK Illustrator Award winners 2015

Illustrator Award Winner: Christopher Myers for Firebird Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland 
Shows a Young Girl How to 
Dance like the Firebird by Misty Copeland; 
illus. by Christopher Myers Primary Putnam 40 pp. 9/14 978-0-399-16615-0 $17.99 g Think you can simply write off celebrity books? Think again. American Ballet Theatre soloist Copeland is just as graceful […]