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HAvingItAll

Inside and out

Nina Lindsay has a terrific article up at SLJ about this year's ALA Award winners and What It All Might Mean.  And in my latest editorial, I write about the need to value art from outsiders as well as insiders. Can we have both? Can we HAVE IT ALL? … [Read More...]

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Editorial: The Difference That Made Them

Inadvertently or not, ALA heeded the call of the zeitgeist when it honored six books (out of ten in toto) by people of color in the 2015 Newbery and Caldecott medals and honors, announced last month at the Midwinter conference in Chicago. The winners … [Read More...]

March/APril 2015 Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Magazine – March/April 2015

Table of Contents Features "Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers" by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Creating a demand for more good books featuring diverse characters. "Five Gay Picture-Book Prodigies and the Difference They’ve Made" by … [Read More...]

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Diverted: A Bostonian dystopia

It was dawn. It was time for the Waiting. Three hundred thousand were Waiting. Some waited for Buses, some waited for Trains that would become Buses. Some tried different routes, and some gave up hope and called Ubers. But many remained. Most … [Read More...]

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HAvingItAll

Inside and out

Nina Lindsay has a terrific article up at SLJ about this year's ALA Award winners and What It All Might Mean.  And in my latest editorial, I write about the need to value art from outsiders as well as insiders. Can we have both? Can we HAVE IT ALL? … [Read More...]

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The Carrot Patch comes to us

Today's mail brought a box of (foam) carrots*, buttons, stickers, bookmarks, and a very nice note from Wolfie the Bunny author Ame Dyckman. Thanks, Ame! In our March/April Magazine, Wolfie receives a starred review and Ame tells us a … [Read More...]

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Picture books and early readers | class #2 2015

Now that our first class is done, we can move on to some in-depth reading and discussing. Last week we got our feet wet with two picture books, one a classic and the other a wordless exploration of culture. For our second class on March 5, we will … [Read More...]

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Shutting down the shop (for now)

It's been quite a season of books, hasn't it? As I clear off my picture book shelf, preparing for the 2015 titles, I feel a twinge of nostalgia. There are so many books I have loved this year, but now they have to find new homes. I have piles of 2014 … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of The Walls Around Us

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma High School   Algonquin   321 pp. 3/15   978-1-61620-372-6   $17.95   g e-book ed. 978-1-61620-486-0   $17.95 Orianna Speerling — the so-called “Bloody Ballerina” — is just fifteen when she is convicted of murdering two rival dancers. A month after her sentence begins, all forty-two girls interned at the Aurora Hills Secure Juvenile Detention Center are dead — victims of an unexplained mass killing. Ori’s story is gradually revealed through the eyes of … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Metamorphabet app review

In Metamorphabet (Vectorpark, 2015), each (uppercase) letter of the alphabet appears on a brightly colored background. Tap the featured letter to initiate its animated transformation into a short series of visual representations of words beginning with that letter: J to jiggle to juggle to jelly fish. A somewhat monotone female narrator speaks the letter's name, then reads the related words as they appear on the screen. Tap a word to hear it read again. The illustrations — with a minimalist, … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of The Walls Around Us

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma High School   Algonquin   321 pp. 3/15   978-1-61620-372-6   $17.95   g e-book ed. 978-1-61620-486-0   $17.95 Orianna Speerling — the so-called “Bloody … [Read More...]

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Review of BirdCatDog

BirdCatDog [Three-Story Books] by Lee Nordling; illus. by Meritxell Bosch Primary    Graphic Universe/Lerner    32 pp. 11/14    Library ed.  978-1-4677-4522-2    $25.26 Paper ed.  … [Read More...]

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Review of One Plastic Bag

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon Primary   Millbrook   32 pp. 2/15   Library ed. 978-1-4677-1608-6   $19.99 e-book … [Read More...]

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Review of Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny

Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman; illus. by the author Primary   Holt   128 pp. 10/14   978-0-8050-9970-6   $13.99 e-book ed. 978-0-8050-9972-0   $9.49 Young rabbit Isabel is known as … [Read More...]

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Review of Smick!

Smick! by Doreen Cronin; illus. by Juana Medina Preschool, Primary   Viking   32 pp. 2/15   978-0-670-78578-0   $16.99   g With minimal text, a clever use of sight words and word families, and a … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book speeches

For your kind consideration: here are the complete 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tag BGHB14 for timelines, pictures, and more. Photos, judges' intros, and other information … [Read More...]

Boxers & Saints: Author Gene Luen Yang’s 2014 BGHB Fiction Honor Speech

Thank you to the Horn Book and the Boston Globe. This is an incredible, incredible honor. Boxers & Saints is a two-volume graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a war that was fought in China … [Read More...]

The Port Chicago 50: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2014 BGHB NF Award Speech

A few years ago I was researching a book on the making of the atomic bomb, and my brother-in-law Eric, who loves wacky conspiracy theories, as I do, hit me with a great one. “You know when the … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for Kwame Alexander

Middle-school hoops star Josh "Filthy McNasty" Bell wants to play for Duke. His twin brother JB bleeds Carolina Blue. Is there a more apt metaphor for sibling rivalry?! Here we talk to 2015 Newbery … [Read More...]

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“These children need a champion”: an interview with Gretchen Bircher

Gretchen Bircher is an instructional aide at Adam Elementary School in Santa Maria, California. (She’s also my amazing mom!) Today she is submitting a proposal to the Santa Maria–Bonita School … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Lucy Cousins

If you know any little girls named Maisy (or Tallulah; or, for that matter, any little boys named Cyril), chances are good that it's because of Lucy Cousins. Her indomitable little-girl-mouse is … [Read More...]

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Sharon Draper on Stella by Starlight

In the January/February 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine, editor Martha Parravano talked to Sharon M. Draper about her new intermediate novel Stella by Starlight. Read the full review … [Read More...]

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Five questions for A. S. King

A. S. King's books are one of a kind: strange, sometimes surrealistic, but always grounded in truth. Her latest YA novel — Glory O'Brien's History of the Future (Little, Brown, 14 years and up) — is … [Read More...]

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