2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium



Join us on October 10–11, 2014, for the 2014 Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium,
MIND THE GAPS, a memorable two-day event celebrating the best in
children’s and young adult literature.

Photos from 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards
and Horn Book at Simmons

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Silver bowls for the BGHB winners and platters for the honor books. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Victoria Rock, Roger Sutton, and Jesse Klausmeier. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Jesse Klausmeier and Rainbow Rowell. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Andrea Davis Pinkney, Arthur Levine, and Sharon Hancock. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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BGHB judges Sarah Ellis, Pamela Yosca, and Karen Kosko. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Robert Byrd and Jesse Klausmeier. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Five minutes until showtime! Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Roger and the Boston Globe-Horn Book hardware. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Christy Hale accepts her Honor Book Award – and a kiss from Roger. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Jonathan Bean. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Rainbow Rowell. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Andrea Davis Pinkney. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Robert Byrd and Kazia Berkley-Cramer. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Jonathan Bean and Cindy Ritter. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Rainbow Rowell. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Cathie Mercier (left) and Simmons friends. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Roger Sutton and Susan Bloom. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Roger welcomes attendees to the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Rainbow Rowell and Sara Goodman. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Eleanor & Park fan art. Photo: Cindy Ritter.

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Arthur Levine, Sara Goodman, and Pamela Yosca. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Megan Lambert. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Roger Sutton. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

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Rainbow Rowell and Cindy Ritter. Photo: Pamela Yosca.

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Draft illustration of tough kids, Building Our House. Photo: Cindy Ritter.

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Jesse Klausmeier's childhood sketch (left) and Suzy Lee's illustration from Open This Little Book (right).

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Cathie Mercier's closing remarks. Photo: Shara Hardeson.

Featured Posts

September/October 2014 Horn Book Magazine

The Horn Book Magazine – September/October 2014

Table of Contents Features "The Voice of Reason" by Starr LaTronica. ALSC responds to Roger’s controversial editorial. "Robert McCloskey at 100" by Leonard S. Marcus On the centennial of his birth, a look at the iconic illustrator’s … [Read More...]

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2013-2014 yearbook superlatives

As summer winds down and the new school year looms, we look back on the year that was. Here are our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2013-2014. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Wild-and-craziest: Mr. … [Read More...]

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Engaging literature and students with CHARGE syndrome

This summer, I was asked by a parent whose child had attended our reading tutoring program in the spring, to work one-on-one with her daughter, a rising middle schooler with CHARGE syndrome. CHARGE syndrome involves a number of developmental and … [Read More...]

Blogs & Opinions

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The Empire Strikes Back

ALSC Past-President Starr LaTronica responds to my July editorial. Incidentally, we're publishing a terrific piece in the November issue by Thom Barthelmess (former ALSC prez and BGHB chair) about how to conduct oneself in a professional book … [Read More...]

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2013-2014 yearbook superlatives

As summer winds down and the new school year looms, we look back on the year that was. Here are our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2013-2014. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Wild-and-craziest: Mr. … [Read More...]

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Engaging literature and students with CHARGE syndrome

This summer, I was asked by a parent whose child had attended our reading tutoring program in the spring, to work one-on-one with her daughter, a rising middle schooler with CHARGE syndrome. CHARGE syndrome involves a number of developmental and … [Read More...]

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2013-2014 yearbook superlatives

As summer winds down and the new school year looms, we look back on the year that was. Here are our senior superlatives for characters in the class of 2013-2014. What superlative would you award your favorite character? Wild-and-craziest: Mr. … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Buried Sunlight

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have 
Changed the Earth by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm; illus. by Molly Bang Primary    Blue Sky/Scholastic    48 pp. 9/14    978-0-545-57785-4    $17.99    g In the latest of Bang and Chisholm’s excellent books on the role of the sun’s energy in powering life processes on Earth (Living Sunlight, rev. 5/09; Ocean Sunlight, rev. 5/12), the production and consumption of fossil fuels are explained, along with the sobering — and overwhelming — evidence for … [Read More...]

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Bill Nye the Science Guy app review

2013 was an anniversary year for the live-action educational TV program Bill Nye the Science Guy. In honor of that occasion, developer Disney Education created the Bill Nye the Science Guy 20th Anniversary App. Welcome to Nye Labs, where you’ll discover on the main screen (a.k.a. Bill’s retro-looking desk) an assortment of objects that when tapped lead you to different sections of the app, all narrated by Bill himself. Learn about telling time with a sundial on Mars versus on Earth … [Read More...]

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Summer Reading



The editors of The Horn Book spotlight the books kids — and you, too — will enjoy as part of the season’s leisure, every bit as delicious as ice cream.


Recommended Books

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Review of Buried Sunlight

Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have 
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Review of The Madman of Piney Woods

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Intermediate, Middle School   Scholastic    370 pp. 9/14    978-0-545-15664-6    $16.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-545-63376-5    $16.99 In this … [Read More...]

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Review of Quest

Quest by Aaron Becker; illus. by the author Primary    Candlewick    40 pp. 8/14    978-0-7636-6595-1    $15.99 Journey (rev. 9/13) introduced a girl with a magic red crayon who could draw her … [Read More...]

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Review of At Home in Her Tomb

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui by Christine Liu-Perkins; 
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Review of Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, 
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Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, 
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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

The envelope, please…

On Saturday, May 31st, at BookExpo America, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and honors. A few pics from the happy day, all taken by BGHB … [Read More...]

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Today, at BookExpo America, The Horn Book’s editor in chief Roger Sutton announced the 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners. Celebrating its 48th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst, creator of Alexander (he of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), writes about another little boy who might just wish he could curl back up in bed. The young protagonist of … [Read More...]

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Candace Fleming on The Family Romanov

In the July/August 2014 Horn Book Magazine, reviewer Jonathan Hunt asked author Candace Fleming about her intimate portrait of the last Imperial family of Russia, The Family Romanov. Read the starred … [Read More...]

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Varian Johnson (who was co-valedictorian, with his twin brother, of his high school class, thank you very much) enjoys two careers: as an author and an engineer. It's not surprising, then, that his … [Read More...]

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