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February 2018 Horn Book Herald – ALA Youth Media Awards Edition

What a year! Congratulations to all of the 2018 ALA Youth Media Award–winning authors and illustrators and their publishers. Below, we chat with the creators of one of the morning’s most-recognized books, Crown author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James. You’ll also find Horn Book reviews of the 2018 winners, history (and critique) of […]

Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James

by Martha V. Parravano and Dr. Kim Parker Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Millner/Bolden Books/Agate, 4–8 years) was a 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards darling, recipient of four Honor awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King Author, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator. The Crown team — author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James […]

Extras on the 2018 Youth Media Award winners

To accompany our 2018 ALA-themed Horn Book Herald e-newsletter (sign up!), here are some extra goodies about this year’s Youth Media Award winners. Horn Book reviews of the Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, CSK, Printz, Sibert, and Batchelder Award winners Newbery Medal winner and honor books Review of Hello, Universe Five Questions for Derrick Barnes and Gordon […]

December 2017 Horn Book Herald: Picture Books Edition

Welcome to our all-picture-books-all-the-time edition of The Horn Book Herald! In this issue you’ll find five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale (the team behind Windows, a 2017 Horn Book Fanfare selection); posts from our Calling Caldecott blog; lists of recommended holiday books; ideas for Family Reading; our thoughts about what makes a […]

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: More recommended reading

• Fanfare: The Horn Book’s choices for the best books of 2017 • 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Picture Book Award winner and honor books • The New York Times Best Illustrated List • “Why the Hell Hasn’t Photography Won the Caldecott?!?” • Julie Danielson on running mock Caldecotts • “Calling CaldeNott”: Thom Barthelmess on extraordinary […]

December 2017 Picture Books Horn Book Herald: Calling Caldecott’s latest contenders

Begun in 2011, The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog asks: What can win? What will win? What should win? Here are some of our favorite recent posts. • Roger Sutton on The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell • Tarie Sabido on How It Feels […]

Five questions for Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale

Julia Denos and E. B. Goodale have been friends and creative collaborators since their days working together at a children’s bookstore — where I was lucky to work with them. I’ve always admired their individual projects, and it was a pleasure to chat with them about their collaboration (and one of my favorite picture books […]

Holiday High Notes 2017

We have a little section of books this time of year. They’re new (and some reissued), and filled with winter cheer. Nutcracked by Susan Adrian Intermediate    Random    234 pp. 9/17    978-0-399-55668-5    $16.99 Library ed.  978-0-399-55669-2     $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-55670-8    $10.99 During each rehearsal for her role as Clara in The Nutcracker, Georgie finds herself — […]

August 2017 Horn Book Herald – Back-to-School Edition

Welcome to our back-to-school issue of The Horn Book Herald, in which we chat with school-story master Andrew Clements, recommend new books for students of all ages as well as essential reading for parents and teachers, and take a break from the school-day grind with pleasure reading and extracurricular activities. Throughout the week of August […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Holt) This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and positioned photographs create […]