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Week in Review, February 12th-16th

This week on… The 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals, were announced on Monday. See how The Horn Book reviewed major award-winners and honor books! Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: Reviews, interviews, and speeches on the March trilogy by Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. […]


Our commemoration of Black History Month continues with the following new picture books for older readers that recognize African American, Afro Caribbean, and South African trailblazers and pioneers. (And huge congratulations to all of this year’s Coretta Scott King Award winners!) Throughout February The Horn Book is highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from our archive […]

Review of A Sky Full of Stars

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson Middle School    Houghton    307 pp.    g 1/18    978-0-544-80065-6    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-328-82907-8    $16.99 In this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon (rev. 1/17), thirteen-year-old Rosa Lee Carter, part of a struggling sharecropper family in segregated mid-1950s Mississippi, continues her search for self. In the first book, […]

Week in Review, February 5th-9th

This week on… 2018 Calling Caldecott mock vote winner announced! From the January/February 2018 Horn Book Magazine: BGHB at 50: “Amber and Essie and Vera and Me” by Julie Roach From The Guide: “Family Matters” Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: “Young Dreamers” by Christopher Myers Javaka Steptoe’s 2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance […]

Review of The United States v. Jackie Robinson

The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen; illus. by R. Gregory Christie Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp. 1/18    978-0-06-228784-7    $17.99 “Long before anyone had heard of Rosa Parks, a guy named Jack refused to move to the back of the bus.” So begins the story of baseball star Jackie Robinson…before he was […]

Week in Review, January 29th-February 2nd

This week on… The first Calling Caldecott 2018 ballot is open now through 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, February 5! March/April 2018 Horn Book Magazine preview and starred reviews Black History Month 2018 at The Horn Book: Introduction The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas’s 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech Freedom Over Me: […]

Black History Month 2018

To commemorate Black History Month, we will send around a series of articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month of February, with a roundup on Fridays. It’s a tradition we began in […]

Freedom Over Me: Ashley Bryan’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Award Speech

Editor’s note: Rather than writing formal speeches, Ashley Bryan speaks to what moves him at the moment in connection with an event. At the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, he led us in animated and memorable recitations of several of Langston Hughes’s poems as part of his acceptance speech. We are pleased to print this transcription […]

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas’s 2017 BGHB Fiction & Poetry Award Speech

I stand before you tonight, completely stunned that I’ve won anything for a book I was so afraid to write; a book that was inspired by someone as controversial as Tupac Shakur. I’m even more stunned that I wrote a book. This is possibly blasphemous to say, but as a teen I hated reading. I […]

2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance by Javaka Steptoe

“Nobody loves a genius child.” Langston Hughes’s poem “Genius Child” was read at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s memorial service by his friend Freddy Brathwaite, also known as Fab 5 Freddy, host of Yo! MTV Raps. It sums up the love-hate relationship many of us have with bringers of change. Our connections with revolutionaries are often uncomfortable and […]