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The Horn Book Magazine July/August 2018

Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Original cover art by 2018 Caldecott Medal winner Matthew Cordell.

Critics Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman (“The Year in Words”) and Julie Danielson and Travis Jonker (“The Year in Pictures”) discuss the books of 2017.

Eloise Greenfield’s Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance speech.

Erin Entrada Kelly’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech.

Publisher Virginia Duncan’s profile of Erin Entrada Kelly.

Renée Watson’s Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speech.

Author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s profile of Renée Watson.

Matthew Cordell’s Caldecott Medal acceptance speech.

Author Julie Halpern’s profile of Matthew Cordell.

Ekua Holmes’s Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award acceptance speech.

Editorial director Liz Bicknell’s profile of Ekua Holmes.

An interview with Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut publisher Denene Millner by Dr. Kim Parker and Elissa Gershowitz.

2018 Mind the Gap Awards.

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The Horn Book Magazine March/April 2017

This issue includes:

  • "Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang" by Roger Sutton The 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on how books and readers can transcend boundaries.
  • "A Tiger Unmasked: One Book, Four Versions, Five Decades" by Crescent Dragonwagon Charlotte Zolotow's daughter (and literary executor) reflects on the challenges and joys of "collaborating" with her mother.
  • "When Google Translate Gives you Arroz con Mango" by Celia C. Perez Errors in Spanish in children's books and the need for #ownvoices in publishing.
  • "Picture This" by Rita Auerbach An extended review of the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Molly Bang's essential guide to picture book illustration.
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The Horn Book Magazine November/December 2017
This issues features:
  • "An Interview with Kishonna L. Gray" by Elissa Gershowitz  An expert in game studies and comparative media studies discusses the need for diverse games, diverse books, diverse everything
  • "No Ordinary Gift" by Roger Sutton We need to support libraries responsibly, equitably, and enthusiastically
  • "Beyond the 'Four Fs': Caribbean Own Voices" by Summer Edward The impact of publishing's global economic inequalities and "voluntourism"
  • "Fighting the Lost Cause" by Ann Bausum A Southern-born nonfiction writer rejects the education propaganda of her youth and advocates for historical honesty
  • "Revisiting Anthony Burns" by Rudine Sims Bishop Virginia Hamilton's 1988 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner for Nonfiction exemplifies what the author called "liberation literature." The fifth column in an ongoing series.
  • "Lucha Libros" by AnnMarie Hurtado Bilingual Battle of the Books
  • "Chapter Book Mirrors" A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2015

Features:

  • "(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture" by Jack Gantos: The stories behind the stories, and characteristically, some other stories.
  • "A Thousand Winters" by Kwame Alexander: Working to make order out of chaos.
  • "The Woman Who Drew Narnia" by Vicki Smith: Through the wardrobe with Pauline Baynes.
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2016

This issue features:

  • "Orland" by Christopher Myers "In the aftermath...there is a need for stories to contain, to comfort, to process, to prevent."
  • "Machetes" by Jason Reynolds From the author's 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Award acceptance sppech for All American Boys.
  • "How I Discovered Young Adult Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson The 2016 Zena Sutherland Lecture
  • "Interview with Self" by Richard Jackson Legendary editor interviews new picture book writer - and they're both Richard Jackson
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The Horn Book Magazine September/October 2017

This issue includes:

  • “To Inform and Delight: The Elements of Story” by Melissa Sweet
    The 2017 Zena Sutherland Lecture.
  • “Looking for Queer Girls on the Shelves” by E. M. Kokie
    Our young queer and questioning readers deserve more of and from the stories we are publishing about their lives.
  • “The Incomparable Robin Smith (1959–2017)” by Martha V. Paravanno
  • BGHB at 50: The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Carole Boston Weatherford
    Brian Pinkney's 1997 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner for Picture Book was exactly what one author and parent was looking for. The fourth column in an ongoing series.
  • The Writer's Page: “On Home, Empathy, and Voice” by E. Lockhart
    How our physical and narrative homes shape our perspectives.
  • Cadenza: “For Mrs. Gill, Who Read Us Outside Over There” by Steven Withrow
  • Books in the Home: “What My First Grader Taught Me About Learning to Read” by Summer Clark
  • From The (Ghoulish) Guide: Horn BOO!
    A selection of reviews of Halloween books from The Horn Book Guide.
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The Horn Book Magazine: January/February 2016

This issue features:

  • Horn Book Fanfare by Horn Book editors: Our choices for the best books of 2015
  • Boston Globe Horn Book Award Gallery 2015: Celebrating the year's winners and honorees
  • "The World that Changes" by Susan Cooper: Horn Book at Simmons keynote address on the theme "Transformations"
  • "Shelf Lives" by Abby McGanney Nolan: From Bookseller to Bestseller
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The Horn Book Magazine: March/April 2019

In this issue:

  • “In the Breaking, Maybe Something Beautiful”: adapted from Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture.
  • Author Sayantani DasGupta explains why her #OwnVoices characters don’t wear shoes in the house.
  • An excerpt from Ebony Elizabeth Thomas’s forthcoming book The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games.
  • New for New Readers: Sylvie Shaffer asks, “What (Exactly) Is an Easy Reader?”
  • First Second editorial and creative director Mark Siegel, himself an author-illustrator, examines graphic novels as collaborative projects.
  • Field Notes: Miriam Lang Budin and Robbin Friedman on reading with incarcerated mothers and their children.
  • Audiobook reviews.
  • Impromptu: Complete list of the 2019 ALA YMA winners and more; and announcement of the May/June 2019 Special Issue: CSK at 50.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2015

Features:

  • "Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach" by Gregory Maguire: Steering familiar stories in new directions
  • "Book & Me" by Charise Mericle Harper: We debut a new comics series
  • "Apples to Elephants: Artists in Animation" by Besty Bird: Animation skills can - and often do - translate to skills in picture-book illustration.
  • "From Series to Serious" by Thom Barthelmess: A look at four authors whose work includes both mass-market series and literary novels.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2017

Special Humor Issue

Features:

  • "Say Something Funny": musings of author and accidental humorist Lisa Yee.
  • New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher Françoise Mouly asks, "What's So Funny About Comics?"
  • "Laghter and Resistance": Philip Nel on humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.
  • "Mocking Moscow": author Eugene Yelchin on political jokes in Russia.
  • Lisa Brown looks to the classics in her cartoon "How to Be Funny."
  • Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson remember the late Peter D. Sieruta, the Horn Book's funniest writer.
  • "The Adventures of Baby D": a not-so-heavy-handed cartoon by Raúl the Third.
  • Gail Carriger on "Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction."
  • Gecko Press publisher Julia Marshall on translating humor.
  • "The Straight Poop on Potty Humor" from Horn Book Family Reading co-parents Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn.
  • BGHB at 50: Tim Wynne-Jones looks back at the 1980 Picture Book winner, Chris Van Allsburg's The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  • From The Guide: "Darkly Funny YA."
  • "Honking the Horn": We asked some children's book creators to tell us a joke. Responses appear through the issue from Ame Dyckman, Alma Fullerton, Daniel Handler, Molly Idle, Dana Alison Levy, Juana Medina, Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, Sergio Ruzzier, Jon Scieszka, Bob Shea, David Ezra Stein, Susan Tan, and Rita Williams-Garcia.
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The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2018

Special Issue: Making a Difference

Cover by Yuyi Morales.

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library.

Jonda C. McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop examine the enduring legacy of The Brownies’ Book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s early-twentieth-century literary magazine for children.

Reach Out and Read cofounder Robert Needlman describes how pediatricians make a difference when they “prescribe” reading, with a look at the program in practice from Diana Palmer.

Serving in WWII, nineteen-year-old Ashley Bryan carried his drawing materials in his gas mask and created art whenever he could. H. Nichols B. Clark provides a curated selection of Bryan’s remarkable wartime sketches and paintings.

 Jon Klassen looks to the late Pat Hutchins’s work to figure out some picture-book how-tos.

The Writer’s Page: Kekla Magoon on heroes who don’t make it into the history books.

“The Book That Changed My Life”: reflections from M. T. Anderson, Derrick BarnesKimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dhonielle Clayton, Candace Fleming, Bob Graham, Deborah HeiligmanKevin Henkes, Naomi Shihab NyeElizabeth Partridge, Celia C.  Pérez, Mitali Perkins, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Joyce Sidman, Roger Sutton, Lauren Wolk, and Eugene Yelchin,

From The Guide: Be an Everyday Un-Hero.

In Memoriam: Susan Cooper remembers Ursula K. Le Guin.

In Memoriam: Richard Michelson remembers Julius Lester.

Impromptu: Books back in print and books by our friends.

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The Horn Book Magazine: November/December 2014

November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. In this issue:

“Does YA Mean Anything Anymore?: Genre in a Digitized World” by John Green
The author’s 2014 Zena Sutherland Lecture.

“Thom’s Rules of Order” by Thom Barthelmess
Ten tips for good book discussion.

“House Hunters: Storyland Edition” by Ron Koertge
In which the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe finds new digs.

Editorial
“Self Service” by Roger Sutton
What self-publishers don’t know about children’s books.

The Writer’s Page
“Beyond the Magically (Dis)abled” by Cammie McGovern
#WeNeedDiverseBooks…about disability.

Field Notes
“What Happened to the Frog?” by Jonathan Hunt
Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, and the Common Core.

From The Guide
“Steampunk for Tweens and Teens”
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

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The Inker's Shadow
Say, Allen
Caldecott Medalist, Allen Say, presents a companion to his award-wining Drawing from Memory - the story of his coming-of-age at a military academy and the discovery of what it means to be American



For Allen Say, life as teen in Southern California was a cold existence. His father, one of the leading hamburger salesmen in Japan, ran a booming burger business, much like McDonald's, and sent Allen to an American military academy, so that his son could learn English and "become a success in life."



As the school's first and only Japanese student, he experienced immediate racism among his fellow cadets and his teachers. The other kids' parents complained about Allen's presence at the all-white school. As a result, he was relegated to a tool shed behind the mess hall. Determined to free himself from this oppression, Allen saved enough money to buy a 1946 Ford for $50 - then escaped to find the America of his dreams!



In this follow-up to Drawing from Memory, Allen continues to reinvent himself as an author and illustrator. Melding his paintings with cartoon images and archival photos, Allen Say delivers an accessible book that will appeal to any reader in search of himself.
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The Journey That Saved Curious Geoge - Softcover
Louise W. Borden
In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions.

Louise Borden combed primary resources, including Hans Rey’s pocket diaries, to tell this dramatic true story. Archival materials introduce readers to the world of Hans and Margret Rey while Allan Drummond dramatically and colorfully illustrates their wartime trek to a new home.

Follow the Rey’s amazing story in this unique large format book that resembles a travel journal and includes full-color illustrations, original photos, actual ticket stubs and more. A perfect book for Curious George fans of all ages.
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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers DVD
Children's book tells the true story of Philippe Petit, the young French aerialist who walked on a high wire between the World Trade Center towers. This Caldecott Medal winner is brought to life on DVD with narration by Jake Gyllenhaal and includes music by Michael Bacon (The Bacon Brothers). Features three additional full-length tales to lift the spirits: Snowflake Bentley, narrated by Sean Astin; Miss Rumphius, narrated by Claire Danes, and The Pot That Juan Built, narrated by Alfred Molina. Also includes two short films on the real lives of Snowflake Bentley and Juan Quezada.
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The Organic Artist
Neddo, Nick

It's time to go back to basics! If you're interested in art, but find that it's becoming an increasingly expensive hobby, The Organic Artist is just the book for you!

The Organic Artist encourages you to return to those days when art was made with all-natural materials, like charcoal and birch bark. Immersing you in the natural world, The Organic Artist seeks to inspire creativity by connecting you to your organic roots.

In addition to offering a wide variety of suggestions for using nature as supplies for art, this book also introduces the concepts of awareness and perception that are foundational to the creative process. Readers will refine drawing skills, as well as increase their appreciation for the visual arts and the natural landscape.

Some of the projects and skills covered include the following: making paper and wild ink, working with soapstone, clay, wood, and rawhide, printmaking and stenciling, natural pigments and dyes, camouflage and body painting, and nature journaling.

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The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations Documentary DVD

"The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations" is a documentary by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hannah Jayanti about the classic children's book. The film playfully explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most universally beloved children's books of our time. Through interviews with Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer, Eric Carle, David Hyde Pierce, and Adam Gopnik, as well as animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between Juster and Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century.

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik called the documentary "a charming and soulful film" while Whitney Matheson of USA Today said, " I loved how it transported me back to my childhood."

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The Pocket Paper Engineer (Volume 1)
Barton, Carol

Elegant and accessible, this interactive handbook teaches crafters of all ages how to create kinetic paper art. The projects are complete with examples, formulas, and the essential instruction that allows them to be constructed directly from the book with simple materials on hand: paper, scissors, and glue. Pop-ups are grouped by type--box or triangle--and as the chapters progress, the techniques are combined and layered for more dramatic effects. With its thorough explanations and inspiring ideas, this book will bring color and motion to crafters' cards, scrapbooks, and invitations.

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The Pocket Paper Engineer (Volume 2)
Barton, Carol
From simple greeting cards to intricate paper creations, this engaging workbook thoroughly explains the mechanics of pop-ups while teaching paper artists of all skill levels to create 10 different designs. Step-by-step, full-color instructions coupled with detailed illustrations enable vibrant floating platforms, tabbed props, and miscellaneous other pop-up effects to be easily constructed. As each section includes perforated pages with preprinted designs and directions, scissors and glue are all one needs for nearly instantaneous pop-up creations.
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The Pocket Paper Engineer (Volume 3)
Barton, Carol
Saving the best for last, this third installment in the crafty series highlights the spectacular V-fold, the most versatile and frequently used structure of the pop-up world. Basic V-fold construction is described in detail, demonstrating its many possible variations and making each project accessible through playful cards to detach, cut, and assemble. The most challenging of the array, this volume's activities build in complexity upon those illustrated in the first two books, covering accordion design and techniques for producing multiple pop-up copies. Whether producing a simple card for a friend or creating a complex sculptural page, this workbook is guaranteed to inspire and enlighten those who love to play, invent, and stretch the imagination.
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The Pocket Scavenger
Smith, Keri
From the internationally bestselling creator of Wreck This Journal, a scavenger hunt that leads you to explore your world and transform your findings through creativity and chance...

Within the pages of The Pocket Scavenger, you'll be instructed to go on an unusual scavenger hunt, collecting a spectrum of random items: something that is miniature, a stain that is green, something from the year you were born, a used envelope, and more. Once your quarry is in hand, you'll apply an alteration dictated solely by chance: create a funny character, make it into a building, conceal it, add polka dots, remove a section, add stripes, scribble on top, fold, turn into an article of clothing, make it "pretty," and so on.

The results: you'll be forced out of habitual ways of thinking or acting, discover new connections, and try things you might not have done on your own, creating a version of The Pocket Scavenger that is utterly unique, dependent on time, place, experience, and you.

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The Story of Charlotte's Web - Softcover
Sims, Michael

While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. B. White obeyed that oft-repeated maxim: "Write what you know." Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours as a child and adult. Painfully shy, "this boy," White once wrote of himself, "felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." It's all the more impressive, therefore, how many people have felt a kinship with E. B. White.

Michael Sims chronicles White's animal-rich childhood, his writing about urban nature for the New Yorker, his scientific research into how spiders spin webs and lay eggs, his friendship with his legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom, the composition and publication of his masterpiece, and his ongoing quest to recapture an enchanted childhood.

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The Wand In The Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
"A rich resource that will be consulted as frequently by children's literature professionals and by genre fans themselves." -- BOOKLIST (starred review)

What kind of child were you? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why do you write fantasy?

"Fantasy," writes Leonard S. Marcus, "is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable and to reveal our own 'real' world in a fresh and truth-bearing light." Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic?

Finely nuanced and continually revealing, Leonard S. Marcus's interviews range widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision, as he asks thirteen noted fantasy authors about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.
Back matter includes an index.

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The Wand In The Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy - Autographed
Leonard Marcus

What kind of child were you? When did you decide you wanted to be a writer? Why do you write fantasy?

"Fantasy," writes Leonard S. Marcus, "is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable and to reveal our own ‘real’ world in a fresh and truth-bearing light." Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic?

Finely nuanced and continually revealing, Leonard S. Marcus’s interviews range widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision, as he asks thirteen noted fantasy authors about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.
Back matter includes an index.

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The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder
McDowell, Marta
"For gardeners, botanists, and fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this book looks at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship to nature." --Publishers Weekly

The universal appeal of Laura Ingalls Wilder springs from a life lived in partnership with the land, on farms she and her family settled across the Northeast and Midwest. In this revealing exploration of Wilder's deep connection with the natural world, Marta McDowell follows the wagon trail of the beloved Little House series. You'll learn details about Wilder's life and inspirations, pinpoint the Ingalls and Wilder homestead claims on authentic archival maps, and learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the series. Excerpts from Wilder's books, letters, and diaries bring to light her profound appreciation for the landscapes at the heart of her world. Featuring the beloved illustrations by Helen Sewell and Garth Williams, plus hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a treasure that honors Laura's wild and beautiful life.
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