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Being a White Guy in Children’s Books

Don’t get me wrong. White guys working in children’s books have it good. In fact, it would be fair to say we have it pretty much made. But in the wake of host Daniel Handler’s remarks at Wednesday’s National Book Awards, I find myself thinking about … [Read More...]

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The Hug Machine: a guest post by Thom Barthelmess

My choice for Caldecott 2015 consideration is Scott Campbell’s delightful, infectious, and secretly sophisticated Hug Machine. This is the kind of book that is easy to miss because it is disguised as a romp. It doesn’t pretend to be serious, and so … [Read More...]

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Using comics in your classroom

Last month, I was fortunate to be able to attend several sessions at the Comics and the Classroom symposium offered as part of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) on October 5th. The symposium, which was the first of what they hope will … [Read More...]

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Remembering Trina Schart Hyman

November 19, 2014 marks the ten-year anniversary of the death of illustrator Trina Schart Hyman. Author/illustrator Jim Arnosky shares his memories of the Great Lady -- what she meant to him as a mentor and as a friend. We are approaching ten years … [Read More...]

Blogs & Opinions

BadBeginning

Being a White Guy in Children’s Books

Don’t get me wrong. White guys working in children’s books have it good. In fact, it would be fair to say we have it pretty much made. But in the wake of host Daniel Handler’s remarks at Wednesday’s National Book Awards, I find myself thinking about … [Read More...]

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Here are two new YA books about the Rapture, starring teen girls. "It's the end of the world as we know it / And Vivian Apple and Abigail feel fiiiine."    … [Read More...]

Marek Bennet panel from Multiple Intelligences

Using comics in your classroom

Last month, I was fortunate to be able to attend several sessions at the Comics and the Classroom symposium offered as part of the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) on October 5th. The symposium, which was the first of what they hope will … [Read More...]

hug machine

The Hug Machine: a guest post by Thom Barthelmess

My choice for Caldecott 2015 consideration is Scott Campbell’s delightful, infectious, and secretly sophisticated Hug Machine. This is the kind of book that is easy to miss because it is disguised as a romp. It doesn’t pretend to be serious, and so … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Winter Bees

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen Primary, Intermediate    Houghton    32 pp. 11/14    978-0-547-90650-8    $17.99 In winter, bees (“we are nothing on our own”) keep their precious queen warm by massing together into a “sizzling ball.” Hibernating garter snakes, safe in a cave, “’round each other twist and fold / to weave a heavy cloak of cold.” Intrepid moose “shrug off the cold,” while beavers retreat to their “dim oval room” to “groom, … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Jump See Farm app review

New educational app Jump See Farm (JUMPSEEWOW, October 2014) introduces preschool and primary-age kids to life on several independent rural farms as well as an urban apiary (Best Bees, right here in Boston!). From the main menu, tap on an icon to explore one of six subjects: pig, sheep, dairy cow, chicken, tractor, and bees. Each subject has its own "landing page" featuring a friendly, naive-style illustration with a couple of interactive animations. Tap on select objects or animals in … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Brown Girl Dreaming

 Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Intermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin 328 pp.    8/14    978-0-399-25251-8    $16.99    g Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers … [Read More...]

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Review of Winter Bees

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen Primary, Intermediate    Houghton    32 pp. 11/14    978-0-547-90650-8    $17.99 In winter, bees (“we are nothing … [Read More...]

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Review of The Spiritglass Charade

The Spiritglass Charade [Stoker & Holmes] by Colleen Gleason Middle School, High School    Chronicle    356 pp. 10/14    978-1-4521-1071-4    $17.99    g In the second Stoker & Holmes … [Read More...]

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Review of The Book with No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak Preschool    Dial    48 pp. 9/14    978-0-8037-4171-3    $17.99    g Novak (from television’s The Office) goes meta in this very funny text-only picture … [Read More...]

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Review of El Deafo

El Deafo by Cece Bell; illus. by the author; 
color by David Lasky Intermediate, Middle School    Amulet/Abrams    242 pp. 9/14    978-1-4197-1020-9    $21.95 Paper ed.  978-1-4197-1217-3    … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium timeline

On Saturday, October 11th, we held our fourth annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium with the theme “Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers.” Miss the fun? We’ve compiled a timeline of the day’s … [Read More...]

2014 BGHB ceremony timeline

Did you miss the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards on Friday, October 10th? Just want to relive the excitement of the ceremony? We’ve compiled a timeline of the evening’s highlights based on tweets by our … [Read More...]

2014 BGHB and HBAS photos

We had a most excellent -- and thought provoking -- time at the 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium: Mind the Gaps: Books for All Young Readers. Eloquent … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Steampunk queen: An interview with Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger introduced readers to her alternate Victorian London — chock-full of steampunk technology and supernatural characters — in 2009 with Soulless, the first volume of her five-book adult … [Read More...]

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Cece Bell on El Deafo

In the November/December 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Deirdre Baker asked Cece Bell about her graphic novel memoir El Deafo — which is told entirely with anthropomorphic bunnies. Read the starred … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Sharon G. Flake

Is Mr. Davenport a vampire, as Octobia May insists? The answer is not so cut-and-dried in Sharon G. Flake’s Unstoppable Octobia May, a historical-fiction-cum-mystery-novel with more than a dash of … [Read More...]

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Monstrous Affections panel interview

When you meet an author you admire and he says, "Hi, I'm Tobin," it might be best not to say, "I know! …Sorry, that's probably creepy." Luckily for me, M. T. Anderson and his Monstrous Affections: An … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Cary Elwes

On Friday, October 17, 2014, at 6:00 PM, Porter Square Books is hosting (at the Brattle Theatre) David Valdes Greenwood, in conversation with Cary Elwes, author of As You Wish. A Princess Bride … [Read More...]

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