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Windows and mirrors | class #2 spring 2017

Please join the adolescent lit class at HGSE as we discuss two recent YA books for our second class on January 31. The students are required to comment on one of the readings, but we hope any of you who have read one of these will want to join our … [Read More...]

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Making a Difference: ALAYMA17 edition

This month we've been celebrating people who have Made a Difference by effecting positive change in the world — click the tag hbmadjan17 and follow @HornBook #HBMaDJan17 and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. So many of this year's just-announced ALA Youth … [Read More...]

2017 Newbery and Caldecott winners

ALA Awards 2017: Horn Book reviews of the winners

The most prestigious honors in children’s literature, the Newbery and Caldecott medals, were awarded to Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat on January … [Read More...]

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Adolescent lit class begins tomorrow

Lolly’s children’s literature class at the Harvard Graduate School of Education wrapped up in December with lively discussion and debate in their Mock Awards committees, a terrific culminating event. Tomorrow, adolescent lit begins, and we’ll … [Read More...]

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Winning!

If John Lewis (pictured above at the march in Atlanta on Saturday) hasn't made enough history, he is also the first person to win four awards in one day from the ALA: Lewis's book March: Book Three, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate … [Read More...]

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Winning!

If John Lewis (pictured above at the march in Atlanta on Saturday) hasn't made enough history, he is also the first person to win four awards in one day from the ALA: Lewis's book March: Book Three, written with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate … [Read More...]

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Making a Difference: ALAYMA17 edition

This month we've been celebrating people who have Made a Difference by effecting positive change in the world — click the tag hbmadjan17 and follow @HornBook #HBMaDJan17 and Facebook.com/TheHornBook. So many of this year's just-announced ALA Youth … [Read More...]

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Windows and mirrors | class #2 spring 2017

Please join the adolescent lit class at HGSE as we discuss two recent YA books for our second class on January 31. The students are required to comment on one of the readings, but we hope any of you who have read one of these will want to join our … [Read More...]

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What do you think of the REAL Caldecott winners?

So, I bet a lot of you watched the awards live online. If you didn't, here's the link where you can see what happened this morning http://ala.unikron.com/2017/ I'm putting this post up really fast so you all have a place to respond to the winners. … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell; illus. by Shadra Strickland Middle School, High School    Chronicle    260 pp. 2/17    978-1-4521-2590-9    $21.99 Organized chronologically, the alternating first-person narratives, written in free verse, begin in 1952 as Mildred Jeter enters sixth grade at the “colored” school; six years her senior and a dropout from the white high school, Richard Loving works as a bricklayer. Their … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Busy Shapes app review

Busy Shapes (Edoki Academy, 2014; iOS only) is an engaging sorting and problem-solving app based on the work of education expert Jean Piaget. The app begins with a simple matching exercise: drag a shape to the same-shaped hole and drop it in. These brightly colored shapes represent physical objects such as blocks, sponges, flowers, and buttons. The shapes and holes and appear on a wide range of textured backgrounds, including grass, sand, tile, and wood grain; frequently the next level's … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell; illus. by Shadra Strickland Middle School, High School    Chronicle    260 pp. 2/17   … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the January 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Young people making a difference Freedman, Russell  We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Gr. 4–6, middle school     104 pp.     Clarion     … [Read More...]

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Our solar system and beyond

Adamson, Thomas K.  The Secrets of Neptune Gr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone Berne, Emma Carlson  The Secrets of Earth Gr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone Radomski, Kassandra  The Secrets … [Read More...]

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Architecture and engineering

Corey, Shana  The Secret Subway Gr. K–3, 4–6     40 pp.     Random/Schwartz & Wade Illustrated by Red Nose Studio. This tour de force tells of nineteenth-century inventor Alfred Ely Beach's … [Read More...]

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Farm to table

Barker, David M.  Organic Foods Gr. 4–6, middle school     64 pp.     Lerner Hand, Carol  Urban Gardening Gr. 4–6, middle school          64 pp.     Lerner Mickelson, Trina  Free-Range … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches

Follow the links below to be inspired, moved, awed, and entertained by the complete 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches (and while you're at it, re-watch the 2016 BGHB announcement with Roger … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom: Author Carole Boston Weatherford’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I could not have written these poems without the ancestors. I call on them again and again, and their spirits continue to speak to and through me. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Patricia Hruby Powell on Loving vs. Virginia

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked author Patricia Hruby Powell about approaching a landmark historical event through a novelistic lens in Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of the Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the … [Read More...]

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Lisa Yee Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Known mainly for her expert (and comic) … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Robin Smith of Calling Caldecott

Since its debut in 2011, The Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott blog has been a destination for picture-book lovers eager to discuss favorite books in the months leading up to ALA annual — and to make … [Read More...]

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Lynne Rae Perkins Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by For the education-minded among you, let me … [Read More...]

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