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Reading the waffle iron

I see that Bad Little Children's Books has been sent to bed without supper. No loss, even if I don't share the outrage. There are some memes that should just stay memes, and children's-book-cover parodies have been racing around since even before … [Read More...]

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On Megan Lambert’s “O Christmas Books!” (from November 2011)

Last night my husband asked me, "Do you have an answer if we get the 'Is Santa real?' question?" I do, having addressed this last year with our eldest (come on, Dad, get with the program!). I’ve also fielded questions and comments from my kids about … [Read More...]

To make their award committee experience more authentic, each group brought snacks.

The mock results are in | Class #6, fall 2016

On Wednesday night, November 30, we held our last children's lit class of the semester. We read Charlotte's Web and had a good discussion about unlikely friendships, death in children's books, and the benefits of reading aloud. Then we got to the … [Read More...]

Week in Review

Week in Review, November 28th – December 2nd

This week on hbook.com… 2016 Holiday High Notes Preview the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine Starred Reviews coming in the January/February Magazine Lynne Rae Perkins Talks with Roger Reviews of the Week: … [Read More...]

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January/February 2017 Starred Reviews

  The following books will receive starred reviews in the January/February 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Life on Mars; written and illustrated by Jon Agee (Dial). Chirri & Chirra; written and illustrated by Kaya Doi; … [Read More...]

Blogs

hardlyboys1

Reading the waffle iron

I see that Bad Little Children's Books has been sent to bed without supper. No loss, even if I don't share the outrage. There are some memes that should just stay memes, and children's-book-cover parodies have been racing around since even before … [Read More...]

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Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life app review

Released in honor of his ninetieth birthday, Sir David Attenborough's Story of Life (BBC Worldwide, November 2016; iOS and Android) spans his six-decade career as a naturalist and and the voice of the BBC's wildlife programming. The app — which is, … [Read More...]

To make their award committee experience more authentic, each group brought snacks.

The mock results are in | Class #6, fall 2016

On Wednesday night, November 30, we held our last children's lit class of the semester. We read Charlotte's Web and had a good discussion about unlikely friendships, death in children's books, and the benefits of reading aloud. Then we got to the … [Read More...]

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Du Iz Tak?

Have you seen Du Iz Tak? Carson Ellis’s oversized gouache and ink spreads are impressive to be sure, but it's her ear for entomological dialogue that shines in this one; well, I’ll let you be the judge. Not to give too much away, but at the emotional … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Nanette’s Baguette

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Primary    Hyperion    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-4847-2286-2    $17.99    g Willems’s latest picture book takes place in France, where the mother of a young anthropomorphic frog entrusts her daughter, the eponymous Nanette, with the responsibility of purchasing a baguette. The village Nanette traverses on her way to the bakery is a stage of sorts, with digitally rendered characters placed in a meticulously designed and photographed … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Sir David Attenborough’s Story of Life app review

Released in honor of his ninetieth birthday, Sir David Attenborough's Story of Life (BBC Worldwide, November 2016; iOS and Android) spans his six-decade career as a naturalist and and the voice of the BBC's wildlife programming. The app — which is, incredibly, free — contains over one thousand video clips from more than forty BBC wildlife documentaries Attenborough has written, produced, and narrated. But you certainly don't have to be a die-hard Attenborough fan, or even know who he is, to … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Nanette’s Baguette

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Primary    Hyperion    40 pp. 10/16    978-1-4847-2286-2    $17.99    g Willems’s latest picture book takes place in France, where the … [Read More...]

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Holiday High Notes 2016

’Tis the season…to read and enjoy our annual selection of new (and reissued) holiday books. Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas by Tedd Arnold; illus. by the author Primary    Cartwheel/Scholastic    32 … [Read More...]

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Review of Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice

Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice by Susan Goldman Rubin Intermediate, Middle School    Holiday    132 pp. 10/16    978-0-8234-3646-0    $18.95    g e-book ed.  … [Read More...]

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Review of Ghost

Ghost [Track] by Jason Reynolds Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    181 pp. 8/16    978-1-4814-5015-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5017-1    $10.99 When it comes to providing … [Read More...]

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Review of Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter

Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle; illus. by Becca Stadtlander Primary    Chronicle    32 pp. 8/16    978-1-4521-2901-3    $16.99 Here’s a unique look at the … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2016 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

For fifty years, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards have been recognizing the very best in children's books. Last Friday, we celebrated 2016's winning books with the honorees, judges, and fellow … [Read More...]

Unboxing BGHB and HBAS

This year's BGHB/HBAS weekend, as they typically do, began with boxes. Carts full of boxes, which were full of bags, which we stuffed full of posters, Post-its, and other goodies. It was all very well … [Read More...]

BGHB16 and HBAS16 slideshow

We had a fantastic time at the emotional Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony on Friday, September 30th and the thought-provoking Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Out of the Box" on Saturday, … [Read More...]

Interviews

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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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Anne Nesbet on Cloud and Wallfish

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Monica Edinger asked author Anne Nesbet the narrative structure of her new novel Cloud and Wallfish. Read the full starred review. Monica Edinger: I’m … [Read More...]

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Foreign Correspondence: An Interview with Deborah Ahenkorah: Torchbearer for African Children’s Publishing

I first became aware of Deborah Ahenkorah a few years ago when I was prospecting the internet for groups working to address diversity issues in children’s publishing. Ahenkorah is the cofounder and … [Read More...]

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Caren Stelson 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 Sachiko Yasui was six years old on … [Read More...]

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Tom Sullivan on I Used to Be a Fish

In our November/December 2016 issue, reviewer Danielle J. Ford asked author/illustrator Tom Sullivan about the origins of his new picture book I Used to Be a Fish. Read the full starred review (and … [Read More...]

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