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The Horn Book’s day off

After a whirlwind few weeks during which both publications' closing dates loomed and we hosted the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony/Horn Book at Simmons colloquium weekend (which was amazing and inspiring and motivating, but not especially … [Read More...]

National Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for "paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society," draws to a close this week. For more information and a calendar of events, … [Read More...]

Thank you all!

The Horn Book's social media team--Elissa, Katie, and Lolly, but all hands on deck--has been busily documenting the events of last weekend's Boston Globe-Horn Book/Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium for your viewing and reading pleasure. It was a great … [Read More...]

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 follow, Ashley!" For the first time in recent … [Read More...]

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

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Thank you all!

The Horn Book's social media team--Elissa, Katie, and Lolly, but all hands on deck--has been busily documenting the events of last weekend's Boston Globe-Horn Book/Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium for your viewing and reading pleasure. It was a great … [Read More...]

The Horn Book’s day off

After a whirlwind few weeks during which both publications' closing dates loomed and we hosted the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony/Horn Book at Simmons colloquium weekend (which was amazing and inspiring and motivating, but not especially … [Read More...]

Class #4 | Information books, Oct. 18, 2017

I'm posting a little late this time, after a busy week preparing for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Friday night and Horn Book at Simmons colloquium Saturday, focused on the theme of Resistance. Both events were well attended and the speakers were … [Read More...]

Now

Last year’s Wait by Antoinette Portis was a wonderfully simple but profound paean to children’s ability to observe and take notice while adults rush rush rush everywhere and miss everything, from tiny ladybugs to glorious rainbows. This year’s Now is … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

Review of Masterpiece Mix

Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    32 pp.    g 8/17    978-0-8234-3699-6    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3912-6    $16.95 Munro is known as both a picture-book illustrator and a painter of large, detailed cityscapes. Here, the two disciplines converge. We watch as an artist walks to her studio, stretches a new canvas, and gets out her supplies. She stands in front of a huge canvas that nearly eclipses a studio window. “But what should I paint?” Now … [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 Masterpiece Mix

Masterpiece Mix by Roxie Munro; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    32 pp.    g 8/17    978-0-8234-3699-6    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3912-6    $16.95 Munro is known as both a … [Read More...]

Review of The Champions’ Game: A True Story

The Champions’ Game: A True Story by Saul Ramirez, 
as told to John Seidlitz Middle School    Canter Press    152 pp.    g 5/17    978-0-9977402-4-0    $21.99 Paper ed.  978-0-9977402-3-3    … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the October 2017 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Five questions for Deborah Noyes The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead by Deborah Noyes, Viking, 11–14 years. Supernaturally good … [Read More...]

The great unknown

Adventure awaits not only those intrepid real-life explorers who brave the great unknown…but also the readers of these captivating historical narratives about the exploration of space, the Amazon … [Read More...]

Five questions for Deborah Noyes

In The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead (Viking, 11–14 years), Deborah Noyes homes in on the Spiritualist movement during the turn of the … [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”

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Interviews

Francisco X. Stork 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 In Disappeared, brother and sister … [Read More...]

Philip & Erin Stead 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 An unpublished bedtime story by Mark … [Read More...]

Five questions for Deborah Noyes

In The Magician and the Spirits: Harry Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead (Viking, 11–14 years), Deborah Noyes homes in on the Spiritualist movement during the turn of the … [Read More...]

Ryan T. Higgins 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 Mother Bruce, not to mention his … [Read More...]

Jon J Muth 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 If there's anyone who could bring out … [Read More...]

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