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Authors & Illustrators

Biographical information about writers and illustrators of books for young people.

Five questions for Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins‘s latest novel You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar, 12–16 years) is a sprawling family epic that follows three generations of women in the Das family — matriarch Ranee; her daughters Tara and Sonia; and each of their daughters, Anna and Chantal. The story begins in 1965 and ends in 2006; as the family […]

BGHB at 50: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Hamilton?: M. C. Higgins, the Great

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, established in 1967, we will be publishing a series of appreciations of BGHB winners and honorees from the past. This is the second in the series to be published in The Horn Book Magazine (see Gregory Maguire’s article on Jill Paton Walsh’s Unleaving […]

Five questions for Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise created their first book together before either of them turned twelve! Since then, author Kate and illustrator Sarah have collaborated on many picture books and intermediate novels — all of which are seriously funny. Their newest picture book, Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List (Feiwel, 5–8 years), […]

Outside Over There and Gay Pride

Jonathan Cott’s new book There’s a Mystery There (Doubleday) is a terrific examination of what its subtitle calls “The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak.” It accomplishes this by focusing on a single book, Sendak’s masterpiece, Outside Over There (1981), winner of a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. And Cott’s objective is to […]

BGHB at 50: Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Marla Frazee

Clementine, a 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book for Fiction and Poetry, is a 136-page master class in characterization. Sure, its protagonist is a spunky girl in the grand tradition of spunky girls. But just look at how much we learn about her — at how much is specific to her — beyond the usual […]

See You in Chicago by CSK Author Award co-winner Andrew Aydin

Editor’s note: The 2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award acceptance speeches for March: Book Three by coauthors John Lewis and Andrew Aydin that we would normally publish in this issue were not available at press time. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin are scheduled to deliver their acceptances at the CSK Breakfast in Chicago on June […]

Profile of 2017 Caldecott Medal and CSK Illustrator Award winner Javaka Steptoe by Azure Thompson

When I first met Javaka, he was on year two of his six-year journey to the birth of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a book that we now know begins: “Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, a little boy […]

To Know Nikki Grimes Is to Know an Artist: Profile of 2017 Wilder Award winner Nikki Grimes by Junko Yokota

With the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, ALA’s Association of Library Services to Children celebrates Nikki Grimes for her lifetime contribution as a poet and novelist. From Danitra Brown to Dyamonde Daniel and more, Grimes has created characters in which diverse child readers can see themselves reflected. Who is the person behind the poetry and novels? […]

Profile of 2017 Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill by Karlyn Coleman

Kelly Barnhill is magic. Once, when she and I were walking our bounding black dogs in the woods along the Mississippi River, she began to tell a story, and I swear the giant cottonwood trees leaned in, the mighty river slowed, and the dogs trotted closer to her side so that they could hear her […]

2017 CSK–Virginia Hamilton Award Acceptance by Rudine Sims Bishop

Good morning. Thank you to the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Jury. This award is very special to me. I thank you for choosing me and thereby placing me alongside honorees such as star librarians Dr. Henrietta Smith and Deborah D. Taylor. It is an extraordinary constellation to be a part of, […]