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2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal winners announced!

The 2018 winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents — were announced today. The awards are presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). Geraldine McCaughrean was awarded the Carnegie Medal, which recognizes “the writer of an outstanding book for children,” for her […]

Town Is by the Sea: Illustrator Sydney Smith’s 2017 BGHB Picture Book Honor Speech

Sheila Barry, the wonderful and clever co-publisher at Groundwood Books, must have known, when she casually handed me the manuscript, that I would have no choice. I would illustrate this book and I would work my ass off. I began right away and stopped only days before the book went to print. I took the […]

Sydney Smith on Town Is by the Sea

In our March/April 2017 issue, our editors asked illustrator Sydney Smith about his illustrations for quiet new picture book Town Is by the Sea. Read the full starred review. Horn Book Editors: The illustrations help pace the story so beautifully. How did this book come together among text, art, and design? Sydney Smith: Joanne Schwartz’s […]

Town Is by the Sea

Next month Groundwood Books will release one of the most beautiful picture books of the year. Written by Joanne Schwartz, with pictures by Sydney Smith, Town Is by the Sea follows a boy as he goes about his ordinary summer day — playing on the playground, eating lunch, going to the store to get groceries for his mom […]