June 19, 2018

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A book for small hands

I’ve been following the criticism of Scholastic’s biography of Trump for younger children, President Donald Trump, with interest but I only got a hold of a copy today, and thank you, Scholastic, for sharing it. By Joanne Mattern and illustrated with photographs, President Donald Trump is in the Rookie Biography series published by Children’s Press, a […]

What ELSE do you do?: Five questions for Elizabeth Law

Elizabeth Law, currently Backlist Editor for Holiday House, and I have been fast friends since we met in 1980 in Zena’s children’s lit class at the University of Chicago. But in addition to her deep knowledge of and passion for children’s books, Elizabeth goes to the theater more often than any human being on the […]

A new journal!

Here’s a welcome and link to the new kid on the block, Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, coedited by Sarah Park Dahlen and Gabrielle Atwood Halko. RDYL is a “peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal,” meaning it is an academic journal that everyone can read for free. The debut number contains five meaty essays touching upon […]

July/August starred reviews, Horn Book Magazine

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: A Big Mooncake for Little Star; written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown) They Say Blue; written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Abrams) Blue Rider; written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood) Rebound; by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile […]

BGHB announced tomorrow!

Don’t forget to tune in to the Horn Book’s Facebook page tomorrow at noon, when the Globe’s Emily Procknal and I will be on Facebook Live announcing the winners of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. In hopes that the broadcast will not be unintentionally hilarious, Em and I are having breakfast tomorrow to make sure […]

Trivia time!

Bon vivant Jack Gantos will again host Children’s Books Boston’s annual trivia night, this year on Monday, June 11, 6:00-9:00PM at the Brahmin, 33 Stanhope St (off Clarendon near Back Bay Station). Fifteen bucks cash only at the door, RSVP here by June 4th.

The Best Man

I was very sad to get the news that Richard Peck died late last night after a long illness which, goodness did he battle! He spent his last year doing everything he loved the best, almost all of which involved great feats of travel. Horn Book articles by and about this inimitable writer (I think […]

Horn Book summer reading

Our recommended books for summer are here; may you and yours find among them choices for true free reading. For my own, I’m finishing Susie Steiner’s Missing, Presumed and see that there is a sequel. It’s a start. You?

BGHB announcement May 31st

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee (Liz Phipps Soeiro, Minh Lê, and our own Katie Bircher as chair) is meeting soon to make their final choices. Here’s the plan the Globe and the Horn Book have cooked up to announce them. On Thursday, May 31st, Emily Procknal, President of the Boston Globe Foundation, and I will […]

Sweet Homefront Chicago

Rita Williams-Garcia was her gracious smart self for last Friday’s Sutherland Lecture in Chicago; good to hear her and good to see old friends, especially my boss Betsy. Below is my introduction to Rita; you can read the lady speaking for herself when we publish her lecture this fall in the Magazine. Next year’s Sutherland Lecture will be […]

Lovely Rita and the Sutherland lecture

A reminder that next Friday, May 4th, finds me introducing Rita Williams-Garcia for her Sutherland lecture, “Look Here. Not There,” at 7:30PM at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago. Admission to the program is free, but you have to sign up at chipublib.org/sutherland. I hope to see you there! The Sutherland Lecture committee thanks HarperCollins […]

The story on the wall

Seeing the CSK exhibit at the NCCIL is making me remember again the vogue for illustration as fine art we had in the 1980s:  from a baby boom arose lots of picture books, lots of children’s bookstores, and (he gestures vaguely towards) developments in five-color printing that encouraged big, handsome pictures in big, handsome books. And […]

Zena is watching, are you?

I hope you have as good a time watching this interview with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden as I did conducting it. Our conversation will also appear, edited, in the May/June special issue of the Horn Book Magazine, Making a Difference. Carla is one…

Texas Time

What a wonderful time Richard and I had in Abilene! We were at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (still jeez to the name, but I did learn its acronym is pronounced nickel and not ‘encil) to see a wonderful show, and quite a haul of original art from Coretta Scott King Award winners […]

May/June Horn Book Magazine starred reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine:   Pie Is for Sharing; by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard; illustrated by Jason Chin (Porter/Roaring Brook) Julián Is a Mermaid; written and illustrated by Jessica Love (Candlewick) The Field; by Baptiste Paul; illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara (NorthSouth) Bus! Stop!; written […]

Western stars light up the sky

Later this week Richard and I are going west to Abilene to see the exhibition of Coretta Scott King Award winners at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (also known as NCCIL, thank heavens). There will be a bash to which we are grateful to be invited, and the exhibit of some one hundred original […]

Woman of the Year

Congrats to Jacqueline Woodson for winning the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, first given to Maurice Sendak in 2003; Jackie is the fourth American to win, after Katherine Paterson and Meg Rosoff. I met Jackie in 1990 in Chicago, where Delacorte had sent her all by her lonesome on her first book tour (for Last Summer at Maizon). Betsy, Hazel, […]

My boss Betsy

As a student, I only knew Betsy Hearne from her occasional swanning in to talk to Zena about her dissertation in progress, a history and analysis of “Beauty and the Beast,” from Cupid and Psyche to Robin McKinley*. Betsy was then children’s book editor of Booklist, where she had been reviewing since 1968. But everyone […]

My friend Hazel

I met Hazel Rochman when I was Zena’s assistant and Hazel was a member of her Advisory Committee for The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books: Hazel, Isabel McCaul, Yolanda Federici, Ellin Greene, and Bob Strang. Every Wednesday afternoon this gang would come over and read the freaking twenty-something reviews Zena had written that week and […]

My editor Lillian

My first professional writing about children’s books was for School Library Journal, beginning my reign of terror with a letter to the editor about–my critics will love this–what I saw as excessive feminist ideology used in the SLJ review to bring down a book I had found awfully good, Sue Ellen Bridgers’ Notes for Another Life. (Writers: when your […]