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I think I made this one too easy.

A mostly-forgotten book I love presented itself to my imagination twice yesterday. Can you guess what it is? Clue # 1 and #2: I was talking to Holiday House's Mary Cash while she was with my buddy Elizabeth Law on Fire Island, and she mentioned … [Read More...]

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Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

School's First Day of School (Roaring Brook/Porter, 2016) by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, provides a new perspective on the first day of school — that of the building itself. From worry and anticipation to excitement, jealousy, and, … [Read More...]

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From the Guide: First-Day-of-School Picture Books

The first day of school is a momentous event, one often anticipated with a mix of worry and excitement. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, is one of our recent favorites and received a starred review in the … [Read More...]

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Jewell Parker Rhodes 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 While most adults (for now) count September 11th, 2001, as memory, for today's fifth graders … [Read More...]

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Hbook Podcast 1.25 – Special Guest Debbie Reese

Podcast the 25th in which Roger chats with Debbie Reese about her childhood, what brought her to books, and two decades of friendship. Debbie’s website Books we talk about Little Owl Indian by Hetty Burlingame Beatty Little Runner of the … [Read More...]

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madge

I think I made this one too easy.

A mostly-forgotten book I love presented itself to my imagination twice yesterday. Can you guess what it is? Clue # 1 and #2: I was talking to Holiday House's Mary Cash while she was with my buddy Elizabeth Law on Fire Island, and she mentioned … [Read More...]

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The Maine event

The September/October 2016 Horn Book Magazine book review section features four books set in and around Maine: A quick Horn Book Guide Online keyword search on "Maine" showed that some other recent favorites are set in Vacationland. And … [Read More...]

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Hester and relevance

Recently, I co-taught a course with a colleague from the BU English department (I’m in English education) about teaching American literature. A great deal of time is spent in the course considering what ‘counts’ as American literature, and my … [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 Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    198 pp. 9/16    978-1-4814-6565-6    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6567-0    $10.99 Atkins (Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters, rev. 5/10) here tells the stories, again in poetry, of three real-life self-taught female scientists and the challenges they face in pursuing their passions. In seventeenth-century … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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LumiKids Park app review

LumiKids Park (2015) is part of Lumos Labs' series of "digital playspace[s] for kids to explore concepts through intuitive and adaptive activities." Each of the four apps (so far; see our reviews of Snow, Backyard, and Beach) present different concepts to develop different cognitive skills. Park focuses specifically on visual-motor coordination, sorting, and attention. As in its companion apps, Park's side-scrolling setting provides three thematic games as well as three simpler, interactive … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    198 pp. 9/16    978-1-4814-6565-6    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-1-4814-6567-0    … [Read More...]

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

What Makes a Good School Story? Picture Books Bean, Jonathan This Is My Home, This Is My School 48 pp.     Farrar     2015     ISBN 978-0-374-38020-5 Bell, Cece Chuck and Woodchuck 32 pp.     … [Read More...]

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Recommended School Stories: High School

Alsenas, Linas Beyond Clueless 249 pp. Abrams/Amulet 2015. ISBN 978-1-4197-1496-2 Ever since fifth grade, Martha "Marty" Sullivan has been happy with just one friend: flamboyantly gay Jimmy. But … [Read More...]

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Review of School’s First Day of School

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex; 
illus. by Christian Robinson Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 6/16    978-1-59643-964-1    $17.99    g We’ve had many books about kids getting … [Read More...]

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Recommended School Stories: Middle School

Alexander, Kwame Booked 314 pp. Houghton 2016. ISBN 978-0-544-57098-6 Nick is a wordsmith, thanks to his linguistics-professor father, but he would rather be shining on the soccer field. He's … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

John Steptoe’s 1987 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Award speech for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

By John Steptoe First, I want to say how much I appreciate this honor. During the two-and-one-half years it took me to complete Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Lothrop) I often wondered if my belief in … [Read More...]

Five questions for 2016 BGHB Committee Chair Joanna Rudge Long

Joanna Rudge Long is a longtime Horn Book reviewer, the former children’s books editor of Kirkus Reviews, and this year's BGHB Committee Chair. (This isn't Joanna's first BGHB rodeo; she previously … [Read More...]

2016 Fiction Award winners extras

On June 2nd, the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced — via video for the first time! — by Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Linda Pizzuti Henry, managing director of the Boston … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five Questions for Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

School's First Day of School (Roaring Brook/Porter, 2016) by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, provides a new perspective on the first day of school — that of the building itself. From … [Read More...]

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Jewell Parker Rhodes 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 While most adults (for now) count … [Read More...]

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Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Christina Soontornvat

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to … [Read More...]

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Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Peter Brown Hoffmeister

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to … [Read More...]

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Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors: Five Questions for Eric Dinerstein

This interview originally appeared in the July/August 2016 Horn Book Magazine as part of Publishers’ Previews: Debut Authors, an advertising supplement that allows participating publishers a chance to … [Read More...]

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