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“When’s Thanksgiving?”

(with apologies to julie fogliano) when’s thanksgiving? where’s thanksgiving? when’s our out-of-office living? is it in a couple hours? is it far or is it near? we’ll have turkey or tofurky and a break from worky worky, ‘cause … [Read More...]

When’s My Birthday?

Here's a book that was a big hit in the Horn Book office from the start, so I feel lucky to get to write about it here. It's told by a soon-to-be six-year-old (perhaps; or perhaps by multiple children) anticipating a birthday. Julie Fogliano's verse … [Read More...]

Remember

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence. Katie's Out of the Box post from last week is rich with links not only to trans- and queer-related articles and reviews from the Horn … [Read More...]

Native American Heritage Month 2017 resources

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many varied Native American cultures. Check out the official website for more information and lots of resources. Here are some additional articles and links from The Horn Book's … [Read More...]

Week in Review, November 13th – 17th

This week on hbook.com… Chelsea Sedoti Talks with Roger Foreign Correspondence: "The Little Bookroom" by Margaret Robson Kett Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett; illus. by Jon Klassen … [Read More...]

Blogs

Getting ready to blow

Today we all meet to decide Fanfare, the Horn Book's choices for the best books of 2017. As I type, strategic alliances are being formed  to whittle down the current list of some sixty titles to... well, fewer. A lot fewer. It would be great if … [Read More...]

“When’s Thanksgiving?”

(with apologies to julie fogliano) when’s thanksgiving? where’s thanksgiving? when’s our out-of-office living? is it in a couple hours? is it far or is it near? we’ll have turkey or tofurky and a break from worky worky, ‘cause … [Read More...]

Charlotte’s Web | Class #6, fall 2017

During our last class meeting (November 15), our mock book award committees will meet, discuss, and vote. We have three Caldecott committees, one Geisel committee, and one Sibert. We try to make the experience as authentic as possible, which means … [Read More...]

When’s My Birthday?

Here's a book that was a big hit in the Horn Book office from the start, so I feel lucky to get to write about it here. It's told by a soon-to-be six-year-old (perhaps; or perhaps by multiple children) anticipating a birthday. Julie Fogliano's verse … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of Windows

Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99 “At the end of the day, before the town goes to sleep… / you can take a walk, out your door / into the almost-night.” A brown-skinned child puts on a red hoodie and heads out to take the dog for a walk, mother watching protectively from the apartment window. This child, the “you” of the text, traverses a populous urban neighborhood, musing on the activities … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

Sesame Street app review

Can you tell me how to get to…tons of wonderful educational videos and games for preschoolers? Just like the neighborhood itself, the Sesame Street companion app (Sesame Workshop, 2014; iOS and Android) is the place to be: a free account gives a child access to a large selection of games as well as new and classic (ad-free) video clips from the television show. The home screen offers a handful of featured videos and games. Below that, large icons link to additional videos organized by topic … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

Review of Windows

Windows by Julia Denos; illus. by E. B. Goodale Preschool, Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 10/17    978-0-7636-9035-9    $15.99 “At the end of the day, before the town goes to sleep… / you … [Read More...]

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

Writing and reporting Bodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business [Hidden Heroes] Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library      2017 Library binding … [Read More...]

Native American history

Burling, Alexis  Occupying Alcatraz: Native American Activists Demand Change Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library Hidden Heroes series. Well-paced chapters with … [Read More...]

Insects and invertebrates

Aston, Dianna Hutts  A Beetle Is Shy Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Chronicle Illustrated by Sylvia Long. Larger-than-life watercolor illustrations of colorful, gem-like beetles are framed by poetic text … [Read More...]

Geology

Baxter, Roberta  Sedimentary Rocks Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child's McCarthy, Cecilia Pinto  Metamorphic Rocks Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     Child's Watts, Pam  The Rock Cycle Gr. 4–6     24 pp.     … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

BGHB17 and HBAS17: Resistance slideshow

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, and like Steve Sheinkin said to Ashley Bryan at the start of Steve's Honor Award acceptance speech: "That's a hard act to … [Read More...]

2017 BGHB/HBAS celebration roundup

We're not done celebrating the 2017 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards just yet! We'll be adding online coverage of the winners, the ceremony, and the #HBAS17 Colloquium: "Resistance" all week long, so … [Read More...]

2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: “Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times”

[View the story "2017 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: "Resistance: Children's Books in Troubled Times"" on Storify] Save Save … [Read More...]

Interviews

Chelsea Sedoti 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 Upon reaching the age of eighteen, each … [Read More...]

Tracey Baptiste 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 Corinne thought her troubles with … [Read More...]

Kathryn Erskine 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 Julian isn't at all happy that his … [Read More...]

Five questions for Malinda Lo

In Malinda Lo's new YA thriller A Line in the Dark (Dutton, 14 years and up), four teenage girls — narrator Jess, her best friend and longtime secret crush Angie, Angie's brand-new girlfriend Margot, … [Read More...]

Nikki Giovanni and Ashley Bryan Talk 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 The equally eminent poet Nikki Giovanni … [Read More...]

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