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Editorial: &

Last fall Horn Book editor Roger Sutton interviewed wife-and-husband picture-book creators Erin E. Stead & Philip C. Stead for our Publishers’ Previews advertising section. Here’s one part of their exchange: Roger: I’ve always maintained that … [Read More...]

May/June 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Magazine – May/June 2016

Table of Contents Special Issue: Collaborations Features "Lucky Lady" by Lydie Raschka Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka collaborate on her last book. "Learning to Advise Writers" by Rita Williams-Garcia On mentoring MFA … [Read More...]

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Let’s collaborate in May!

The Horn Book Magazine's May/June Special Issue is on the theme "Collaborations." You can read the table of contents here, and please read executive editor Martha V. Parravano's editorial "&" here. Heck, you might want to read it every day — it's … [Read More...]

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Hbook Podcast 1.10 – Violence in Kid Lit

Podcast the tenth in which Roger and Siân discuss violence in children's literature, Roger shares a (disgusting) story from his bachelor life, and the two can’t figure out how anniversaries work. Books we talk about Kass Morgan, The 100 Betsy … [Read More...]

BankStory

East Side, West Side

Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, … [Read More...]

Blogs

BankStory

East Side, West Side

Thank you, Allie Jane Bruce, for inviting me to come tell a story last week at the Bank Street College library. It was great to TRIP TRAP TRIP TRAP over that bridge one more time. And I loved spending time with my longtime friend Richard Peck, … [Read More...]

wood-ampersand

Let’s collaborate in May!

The Horn Book Magazine's May/June Special Issue is on the theme "Collaborations." You can read the table of contents here, and please read executive editor Martha V. Parravano's editorial "&" here. Heck, you might want to read it every day — it's … [Read More...]

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Last children’s lit class in 2016

It's hard to believe that this half-semester module is finishing up in one week. Tonight the students are handing in their annotated bibliographies — the big written assignment in this course. Next, we head into the last class for a little fun. We … [Read More...]

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And now, a word from the “Real” Committee

We are privileged today to hear directly from Rachel G. Payne, coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library and chair of the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee! We're so grateful and excited that she took the time … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Flannery

Flannery by Lisa Moore High School    Groundwood    272 pp. 5/16    978-1-55498-076-5    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-873-0    $16.95 Sixteen-year-old Flannery has a lot on her plate: she can’t afford her biology textbook (in fact, her free-spirited artist mother can’t even pay the utility bill), and her best friend Amber is unhealthily obsessed with a sketchy new boyfriend. Then Flannery is paired up with her crush for her big Entrepreneurship class project. Tyrone had been her … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Empire Run app review

The setup of Empire Run (Planet H/Red Games, 2014) is similar to another Planet H/Red Games app, Frontier Heroes (and with the same caveat about some arguably stereotypical images; see details below) several sections, themed by historical time period, each contain a few games; each game has a number of different levels which allow the player to earn stars. A new time period is accessed by completing tasks and amassing stars in the unit before. At the beginning of each new era, the user … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Flannery

Flannery by Lisa Moore High School    Groundwood    272 pp. 5/16    978-1-55498-076-5    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-1-55498-873-0    $16.95 Sixteen-year-old Flannery has a lot on her plate: she … [Read More...]

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Review of Thunder Boy Jr.

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie; 
illus. by Yuyi Morales Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 5/16    978-0-316-01372-7    $17.99    g “I HATE MY NAME!” Why, Thunder Boy Smith … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the April 2016 issue of What Makes a Good…?

What Makes Good Poetry? Picture Books Argueta, Jorge  Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. 32 pp.     Groundwood     2015     ISBN 978-1-55498-442-8 Ebook … [Read More...]

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Recommended Poetry: Young Adult

Block, Francesca Lia How to (Un)cage a Girl 119 pp. HarperCollins/Cotler 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-135836-4 Library binding ISBN 978-0-06-135837-1 This three-part collection includes forty-five … [Read More...]

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Recommended Poetry: Picture Books

Argueta, Jorge Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem 32 pp. Groundwood 2015. ISBN 978-1-55498-442-8 Ebook ISBN 978-1-55498-443-5 Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. This bilingual cooking … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

BGHB Awards submissions—last call!

With the May 15th deadline looming, consider this the last call for 2016 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award submissions. Publishers, big and small, we urge you to make sure you’ve sent all worthy eligible … [Read More...]

2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Speeches

While you're gearing up for ALA Midwinter -- in Boston! Home of The Horn Book! Come say hi at our booth! -- you can enjoy the complete 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tags … [Read More...]

The Farmer and the Clown: Marla Frazee’s 2015 BGBH PB Award Speech

Thank you so much. Thank you to the judges — Barbara, Jessica, and Maeve. Thank you for placing me in the company of two of my very favorite picture book creators, Jon Agee and Oliver Jeffers. By … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for Joyce Sidman

Today's foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, … [Read More...]

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Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Cynthia Rylant

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance … [Read More...]

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Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Gavriel Savit

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance … [Read More...]

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Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Eileen Cook

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance … [Read More...]

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Spring 2016 Publishers’ Preview: Five Questions for Lois Sepahban

This interview originally appeared in the March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of the Fall Publishers’ Preview, a semiannual advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance … [Read More...]

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