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How to find free and cheap books

I just had an email from Samantha Song, a former student now teaching first grade in Somerville, MA, with a universal question that that I want to pass along to all of you. Here's what she said: I'd like to pick your brain on an issue I'm having. I … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin's young adult history books — including Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist, and the winner of both the Sibert Award and the YALSA Award for … [Read More...]

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(Very Eventually) The Zena Sutherland Lecture

Dear Readers, This particular version of my Zena Sutherland Lecture is a fabrication or, at best, a fabulation. Either way it is entirely false. Yes, I did give the Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago on May … [Read More...]

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God forbid?

He doesn't really, but some incoming Duke University students are objecting to the pre-freshman year assignment of Fun Home, Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir of growing up gay (and the basis for the wonderful musical of the same name). If I were … [Read More...]

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God forbid?

He doesn't really, but some incoming Duke University students are objecting to the pre-freshman year assignment of Fun Home, Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir of growing up gay (and the basis for the wonderful musical of the same name). If I were … [Read More...]

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Jeremy Fisher, rock star

We recently received Peter Rabbit: Jeremy Fisher Rocks Out (Penguin/Warne, May 2015), part of a series of paperback picture books adapted from the Peter Rabbit TV show. Jeremy might be rockin' out, but I'd bet Beatrix is rolling over. (Not … [Read More...]

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How to find free and cheap books

I just had an email from Samantha Song, a former student now teaching first grade in Somerville, MA, with a universal question that that I want to pass along to all of you. Here's what she said: I'd like to pick your brain on an issue I'm having. I … [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 Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret 
History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School   Roaring Brook   361 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-952-8   $19.99   g Without a wasted word or scene, and with the timing and prowess of a writer of thrillers, Sheinkin takes on a spectacularly complex story — and makes it comprehensible to teen readers: how Daniel Ellsberg evolved from a committed “cold warrior” to an antiwar activist, and why and how he leaked the Pentagon … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Billy’s Booger app review

The Billy’s Booger storybook app (Moonbot Studios, June 2015) begins with an introduction, straight from the front flap of Billy’s Booger: A Memoir (Sorta) (Atheneum, also released in June): “This is Billy…one day Billy entered a contest. He made a book. About Me!” The “me” in question? A little green guy in a superhero cape who identifies himself as “Billy’s Booger.” (On the next screen, after bellowing “BILLY’S BOOGER!” he further identifies himself as author William Joyce.) The book itself … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret 
History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin Middle School, High School   Roaring Brook   361 pp. 9/15   978-1-59643-952-8   $19.99   g Without a … [Read More...]

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Review of Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point/Roaring Brook) While comprehensive in his synthesis of the political, historical, and scientific … [Read More...]

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Review of The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the 
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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the 
Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin Middle School    Roaring Brook    190 pp. 1/14    978-1-59643-796-8    $19.99    g e-book ed.  … [Read More...]

Books mentioned in the August 2015 issue of WMAG?

What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction? Picture Books Applegate, Katherine Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla 40 pp. Clarion 2014. ISBN 978-0-544-25230-1 Illustrated by G. … [Read More...]

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Recommended Narrative Nonfiction: Young Adult

Bausum, Ann Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights 120 pp. Viking 2015. ISBN 978-0-670-01679-2 Bausum begins with a detailed, nuanced exposition of the June 1969 Stonewall riots as a … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

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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 Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin's young adult history books — including Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist, and the winner of … [Read More...]

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Ashley Bryan 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. Ashley Bryan lives in the tiny — pop. 70 — town of … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano's forty-four-year run as Sesame Street's Maria recently came to a close, but that doesn't mean she's taking it easy. Her newest book, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx … [Read More...]

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Rebecca Stead on Goodbye Stranger

In our July/August 2015 issue, reviewer Jennifer Brabander asked Goodbye Stranger author Rebecca Stead about the writing her teen girl protagonist's friendships. Read the starred review of Goodbye … [Read More...]

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Louis Sachar 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. While Louis Sachar's books are frequently tinged with … [Read More...]

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