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Big Machines

Each fall, as award season heats up and the Interwebs start buzzing with kid-book love, we all should revisit Vicky Smith’s “Reader, Know Thyself.” Originally posted at Heavy Medal in September 2013, Vicky’s essay encourages readers to understand and respect their genre preferences in the context of award consideration: “Are you, as a friend of mine is, […]

Fall 2017 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Sherri Duskey Rinker & John Rocco

This interview originally appeared in the September/October 2017 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to each highlight a book from its current list. They choose the books; we ask the questions. Sponsored by Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton relates […]


I’ve been struggling with this book for a while. There’s a lot to love about it, but what I’m not in love with is how Rocco has drawn the central characters. Is this just a personal dislike or is it actually a problem with the book? I don’t love beans, but that doesn’t make succotash […]