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Haunted home

With the theme "Homecoming," Simmons College's Center for the Study of Children's Literature held its biennial Institute this weekend; the Horn Book staff provides an excellent summary. (And Shoshana Flax has written a poem in its honor, too.) The … [Read More...]

With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown.

The People in My Neighborhood: One Author/Illustrator’s Rambles Around Brooklyn

The Place Brooklyn: home to skinny jeans, artisanal pickles, that famous bridge, and yes… one of the biggest children’s book communities in the world. And I’m one of those authors that ends his jacket flap copy with “…lives and works in Brooklyn.” … [Read More...]

Roger Sutton talks with Bryan Collier.

2015 Simmons Summer Institute: Homecoming

What an invigorating weekend here on the Simmons College campus, as current students, alums, authors, illustrators, teachers, librarians, academics, booksellers, book lovers, etc., etc., etc., came together for the 2015 Summer Children's Literature … [Read More...]

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Goodnight, Paresky Room

With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown, a recap of Homecoming inspired by the homiest book of them all. In the Paresky room, there were tweeting phones and thought balloons with pictures of the places we’ve dwelt, and with whom. There were … [Read More...]

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Homecoming1948

Haunted home

With the theme "Homecoming," Simmons College's Center for the Study of Children's Literature held its biennial Institute this weekend; the Horn Book staff provides an excellent summary. (And Shoshana Flax has written a poem in its honor, too.) The … [Read More...]

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We got your Brooklyn booklist right here.

A quick and handy search on the Horn Book Guide Online (keyword search: "Brooklyn") brings up 167 reviews of books published since 1989 that are about, in, or around Brooklyn. (Plus, we've heard a tree grows there.) Here's a selection of favorites to … [Read More...]

We Are in a Book!

Top 5 meta books to teach print concepts

As a Pre-K teacher, one of the things I am focused on is helping children learn concepts of print. These concepts include that books are read from left to right and top to bottom (in English at least); the role of punctuation; that print has meaning; … [Read More...]

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Join some mock award discussions

Hello, Calling Caldecott readers. I want to alert you to a post that just went up in Lolly's Classroom. My students will be holding mock award sessions during our last class on April 9. Come help them discuss these books here. Since there are … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Tommy

Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal Middle School, High School     Roaring Brook     223 pp. 6/15     978-1-62672-084-8     $19.99     g In this biography of a gun and the times in which it lived, Blumenthal traces the Thompson submachine gun, a.k.a. the Tommy. After the Spanish-American War, an Army officer, John Thompson, believed that America needed a lightweight, automatic, hand-held rifle in order to be prepared for the next conflict. The Army did not share his … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland app review

She’s grown taller and shorter so many times that it’s hard to keep track, but Lewis Carroll’s Alice is 150 years old this year. The Morgan Library & Museum is celebrating with an exhibit of artifacts related to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In addition to an online version, the Morgan also offers an app with materials from the exhibit. After a brief description with some historical background for Carroll’s novel, the app has two main sections: “Transcriptions of Letters and … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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We got your Brooklyn booklist right here.

A quick and handy search on the Horn Book Guide Online (keyword search: "Brooklyn") brings up 167 reviews of books published since 1989 that are about, in, or around Brooklyn. (Plus, we've heard a … [Read More...]

blumenthal_tommy

Review of Tommy

Tommy: The Gun that Changed America by Karen Blumenthal Middle School, High School     Roaring Brook     223 pp. 6/15     978-1-62672-084-8     $19.99     g In this biography of a gun and the … [Read More...]

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Review of The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne Intermediate, Middle School     Simon    247 pp. 7/15     978-1-4424-9882-2     $16.99     g e-book ed. 978-1-4424-9886-0     … [Read More...]

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Review of Playful Pigs from A to Z

Playful Pigs from A to Z by Anita Lobel; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary     Knopf     40 pp. 7/15     978-0-553-50832-1     $16.99 Library ed. 978-0-553-50833-8     $19.99 e-book ed. … [Read More...]

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Review of Secrets of the Rainforest

Secrets of the Rainforest: A Shine-a-Light Book by Carron Brown; illus. by Alyssa Nassner Preschool, Primary     Kane Miller     40 pp. 3/15     978-161067-325-9     $12.99 In Nassner’s … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

#winning!

I hope I can say how much I love the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book winners without anyone inferring my opinions about previous years. While under my strict don't-ask-don't-tell relationship with the … [Read More...]

Drumroll, please… The 2015 BGHB Award announcements

On Wednesday, May 27th, at SLJ's Day of Dialog, Horn Book Editor in Chief Roger Sutton and 2010 BGHB Fiction Award winner Rebecca Stead announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and … [Read More...]

2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

THE 2015 BOSTON GLOBE–HORN BOOK AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED May 27, 2015, New York, NY — Today Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Five questions for Antoinette Portis

Antoinette Portis won a Geisel Honor in 2007 for her picture book Not a Box (Harper, 3–6 years), a celebration of child's imaginative vision over the skepticism that tends to creep in later in life. … [Read More...]

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7(.5) Totally Useless Questions for David Hyde Costello

After working the Horn Book booth at Saturday’s Hubbub Festival, I met up with David Hyde Costello, author/illustrator of Here They Come, I Can Help, and Little Pig Joins the Band before his scheduled … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Ann Bausum

Ann Bausum has written nonfiction about U.S. presidents and first ladies, muckrakers, Freedom Riders, suffragists, immigrants, and world wars. Her latest book Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for … [Read More...]

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Ilyasah Shabazz on X

In our May/June 2015 issue, reviewer Martha V. Parravano talks to author Ilyasah Shabazz about her approach to writing a novel about her father, Malcolm X. Read the starred review of X … [Read More...]

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Carol Weston 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. In Ava and Taco Cat, Carol Weston's second book about … [Read More...]

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