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HB NB February

--Elissa and Katie are ransacking the archives to honor Black History Month with an article every day about African American books, authors, and illustrators. Up today, Yolanda Hare's call for more books about "more black teens living mundane … [Read More...]

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The past made present | Class #3, 2016

Next Tuesday (February 9), Lauren's class will be discussing several books. The theme for the day is "The past made present" so they will look at both historical fiction and nonfiction — including one book that's a hybrid of the two. Everyone will … [Read More...]

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Black History Month 2016: Horn Book articles

To commemorate Black History Month 2016, we will be sending around articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field — one a day through the month … [Read More...]

March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazne

Preview March/April 2016 Horn Book Magazine

Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday: To mark the occasion, publisher David Reuther; authors Elaine Scott, Varian Johnson, Kurtis Scaletta, Kate Messner, and Tony DiTerlizzi; and librarian Julie Roach reflect on Beverly Cleary's work. Ibi Zoboi on … [Read More...]

Blogs

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HB NB February

--Elissa and Katie are ransacking the archives to honor Black History Month with an article every day about African American books, authors, and illustrators. Up today, Yolanda Hare's call for more books about "more black teens living mundane … [Read More...]

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DC Super Heroes Origami

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...origami? On a scale of 1 to 3 stars, the "Daily Planet Building" project is a 1, meaning it is the simplest level of the paper-folding projects in John Montroll's DC Super Heroes Origami (Capstone, September … [Read More...]

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The past made present | Class #3, 2016

Next Tuesday (February 9), Lauren's class will be discussing several books. The theme for the day is "The past made present" so they will look at both historical fiction and nonfiction — including one book that's a hybrid of the two. Everyone will … [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 What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem

What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lee White Primary, Intermediate   Dlouhy/Atheneum   102 pp. 2/16   978-1-4814-2355-7   $17.99   g e-book ed. 978-1-4814-2355-1   $10.99 Viorst’s most famous book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and this collection of over fifty poems expresses the same wry humor and sharp observation about the range of feelings children experience in their … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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LumiKids Snow app review

It's rainy, not snowy, in Boston right now, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to explore the winter wonderland that is LumiKids Snow (Lumosity Labs, December 2015). Opening the app, you're taken to a landscape of white and icy teals, where a friendly seal waits on a small ice floe. Tap to access a game starring the seal, or swipe either direction to play any of five other winter-themed activities alongside cute kids and critters. Three of these — ice fishing, toasting and sharing … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem

What Are You Glad About? 
What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person 
Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst; illus. by Lee White Primary, Intermediate   Dlouhy/Atheneum   102 pp. 2/16   … [Read More...]

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Review of To Catch a Cheat

To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson Middle School   Levine/Scholastic   248 pp. 2/16   978-0-545-72239-1   $16.99   g e-book ed. 978-0-545-72241-4   $16.99 After his crew succeeded at foiling a … [Read More...]

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Review of Dylan the Villain

Dylan the Villain by K. G. Campbell; illus. by the author Primary   Viking   40 pp. 2/16   978-0-451-47642-5   $17.99   g “‘Congratulations,’ said the doctor. ‘It’s a healthy little … [Read More...]

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Review of The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century

The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden & the 
Trial of the Century by Sarah Miller Middle School   Schwartz & Wade/Random   284 pp. 1/16   978-0-553-49808-0   $17.99 Library ed. … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the January 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Immigration Freedman, Russell  Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain Chinese poems translated by Evans Chan. Gr. 4–6     81 pp.     Clarion     2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-547-90378-1 Harrison, … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Speeches

While you're gearing up for ALA Midwinter -- in Boston! Home of The Horn Book! Come say hi at our booth! -- you can enjoy the complete 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches. Click on the tags … [Read More...]

The Farmer and the Clown: Marla Frazee’s 2015 BGBH PB Award Speech

Thank you so much. Thank you to the judges — Barbara, Jessica, and Maeve. Thank you for placing me in the company of two of my very favorite picture book creators, Jon Agee and Oliver Jeffers. By … [Read More...]

Once Upon an Alphabet: Oliver Jeffers’s 2015 BGHB PB Honor Speech

It was with surprise and gratitude that I heard about receiving a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor award. This book was a risk, in that it’s an alphabet book which is a bit over the heads of the people … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for Jerry Pinkney

At the 2016 Youth Media Awards announcement at ALA Midwinter, the audience cheered loudly when prolific author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney was named the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime … [Read More...]

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Antoinette Portis on The Red Hat

In our January/February 2016 issue, reviewer Sarah Ellis asked illustrator Antoinette Portis about that playful (pesky?) wind in The Red Hat. Read the full review of The Red Hat here. Sarah Ellis: … [Read More...]

Barbara McClintock

Five questions for Barbara McClintock

Each of author/illustrator Barbara McClintock's picture books provides a glimpse into a jewel-box of a world, from bustling early-twentieth-century Paris (Adèle & Simon; Farrar, 4–7 years) to a … [Read More...]

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David Fickling 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. David Fickling, editor, has been with us for quite some … [Read More...]

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Kevin Henkes 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. You ask some very great writers and illustrators about how … [Read More...]

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