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Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she … [Read More...]

“Where was the editor?”

This week's Horn Book podcast is devoted to--well, if you can ever say the podcast is devoted to one thing in particular beyond Siân and me yammering for half an hour--Lane Smith's new book There Is a Tribe of Kids. At one point I opine that the … [Read More...]

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Updated not-so-new New Yorkers

We just HAD to update this post to include this beautiful Kadir Nelson cover: Read 2011's Kadir Nelson Talks with Roger about Nelson's book Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans and publisher Donna Bray's 2012 profile of … [Read More...]

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Women can be president, too!

With the 2016 presidential election just a few months away, news from the campaign trail continues to dominate the headlines. Our students are thus very likely hearing names of candidates and snippets of information about politics and elections. … [Read More...]

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On the bus this morning, I sat next to a mom and her strollered two-and-a-half-year-old son. He was being freaking adorable, his big Margaret Keane eyes peering wisely into my own. We’re chatting and the mom asks the boy if he wants to sing “Wheels … [Read More...]

Blogs

“Where was the editor?”

This week's Horn Book podcast is devoted to--well, if you can ever say the podcast is devoted to one thing in particular beyond Siân and me yammering for half an hour--Lane Smith's new book There Is a Tribe of Kids. At one point I opine that the … [Read More...]

art by Beatrix Potter

Happy birthday, dear Beatrix

On this 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, I count myself lucky to have met a handful of people who knew her in her later years, when she was most decidedly not Beatrix Potter, but Mrs. William Heelis. By the time she married at age 47, she … [Read More...]

grace_for_pres

Women can be president, too!

With the 2016 presidential election just a few months away, news from the campaign trail continues to dominate the headlines. Our students are thus very likely hearing names of candidates and snippets of information about politics and elections. … [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 You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford; 
illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    82 pp. 5/16    978-1-4814-4938-0    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-4940-3    $10.99 Thirty-two poems written in the second person bring to life the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Pilots, bombardiers, instructors, maintenance workers, and navigators trained at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, as part of the Civilian Pilot … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Daily Wonder app review

Fans of R. J. Palacio's 2012 book Wonder are probably familiar with the author's #ChooseKind pledge and her 2014 book 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts. Now they can receive happiness-themed quotations each day with the Daily Wonder app (Random House, 2015). The app is no-frills: tap "Daily Wonder" in the pull-out menu to see that day's quote. The information button at the bottom left gives brief details about the quote's author; the Wonder icon in the middle provides a … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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From The Guide: Celebrating Music

Troy Andrews’s Trombone Shorty, for which Bryan Collier took home the 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award (read his acceptance speech), is an inspirational musician’s-origin story. It’s also a … [Read More...]

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Review of You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford; 
illus. by Jeffery Boston Weatherford Intermediate, Middle School    Atheneum    82 pp. 5/16    978-1-4814-4938-0    $16.99 e-book … [Read More...]

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Review of Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding; illus. by Sydney Smith Intermediate    Little, Brown    245 pp. 5/16    978-0-316-29858-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-316-29859-9    $9.99    … [Read More...]

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Review of Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles

Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson; illus. by Meilo So Primary    Chronicle    48 pp. 4/16    … [Read More...]

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Review of Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy 
Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb Middle School, High School    Levine/Scholastic    
306 pp. 6/16    978-0-545-73243-7    $17.99    g e-book ed.  … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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...]

2016 BGHB Nonfiction 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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Richard Peck Talks with Roger (Video Edition)

Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. The Best Man, Richard Peck's newest … [Read More...]

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Richard Peck Talks with Roger | additional videos

Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. This is The Horn Book's inaugural video … [Read More...]

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Firoozeh Dumas Talks with Roger

Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Author of the bestselling adult memoir … [Read More...]

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Richard Peck Talks with Roger teaser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ELUkNx2Izg … [Read More...]

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Chris Barton on Whoosh!

In our July/August 2016 issue, senior editor Elissa Gershowitz chatted with author Chris Barton about his new picture book biography Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Read … [Read More...]

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