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Week in Review, February 13th – 17th

This week on hbook.com… Black History Month, Week 3 Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown; illus. by Greg Pizzoli Fiction: Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail Nonfiction: Let’s Clap, Jump, … [Read More...]

The Horn Book celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month, Week 3

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social … [Read More...]

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Fantasizing?

Then join Children's Books Boston on February 23rd as Our Martha leads a conversation with Kristin Cashore and Tui Sutherland about just what's going on in those big books today. Maybe they will talk about The Naming. Info at this … [Read More...]

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Pictures and visual literacy | class #5, spring 2017

The next adolescent lit class (February 28, 2017) focuses on visual literacy: pictures in young adult literature, in works of both fiction and nonfiction. The prompts below address the role of these books in the classroom; you might also respond to … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom

“Leave the books on the bed”: Shaping a child’s social conscience

“Maybe you can help me,” a teacher called from our school library's biography section. “I need books about...protest, I guess.” Her son’s middle school class was debating NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national … [Read More...]

Blogs

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Fantasizing?

Then join Children's Books Boston on February 23rd as Our Martha leads a conversation with Kristin Cashore and Tui Sutherland about just what's going on in those big books today. Maybe they will talk about The Naming. Info at this … [Read More...]

The Horn Book celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month, Week 3

Throughout February, we're celebrating Black History Month by highlighting articles, speeches, and reviews from The Horn Book archive that are by and/or about African American authors, illustrators, and luminaries in the field. Look for the social … [Read More...]

class5books2016_500x497

Pictures and visual literacy | class #5, spring 2017

The next adolescent lit class (February 28, 2017) focuses on visual literacy: pictures in young adult literature, in works of both fiction and nonfiction. The prompts below address the role of these books in the classroom; you might also respond to … [Read More...]

The 2017 Caldecott committee

From the 2017 Caldecott committee

Two weeks ago, as chair of the 2017 Caldecott committee, I had the honor of making phone calls to five individuals — and making a little magic happen in their lives. I know that the magic, enchantment, and adrenaline rush that was the experience of … [Read More...]

Review of the Week

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Review of Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood

Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack; illus. by Brian Pinkney Preschool, Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    171 pp. 1/17    978-0-375-87088-0    $24.99 Library ed.  978-0-375-97088-7    $27.99    g e-book ed.  978-0-307-97495-2    $12.99 Children’s book royalty and storyteller supreme, Patricia McKissack here compiles an impressive and cohesive … [Read More...]

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App Review of the Week

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Sound Rebound app review

"Sound Rebound is an offbeat experience of color and sound that invites you to create ricochets, bounces, or bumps to investigate seeing and hearing. Imagine yourself inside a fluid world of 2-D shapes and design. What does it look and sound like? That’s up to you," writes the Exploratorium of its newest app release (November 2016; iOS only). This exploratory play app -- a kind of musical pinball game -- invites users to experiment with shapes and sounds for a unique visual/musical … [Read More...]

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Recommended Books

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Review of Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood

Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack; illus. by Brian Pinkney Preschool, … [Read More...]

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Review of Well, That Was Awkward

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail Middle School    Viking    314 pp. 2/17    978-0-670-01308-1    $16.99    g As eighth grade comes to a close and her fourteenth birthday approaches, Gracie … [Read More...]

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Snow day reading

Most of New England has been buried in snow over the past few days, and many schools and workplaces are closed today. It's a perfect excuse to cuddle up on the couch with a hot drink and a good book. … [Read More...]

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Review of North, South, East, West

North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown; illus. by Greg Pizzoli Primary     Harper/HarperCollins     40 pp. 1/17     978-0-06-026278-5     $17.99 Pizzoli’s digital illustrations for this … [Read More...]

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Review of Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Porter/Roaring Brook    56 pp. 2/17    978-1-59643-950-4    $19.99    g Vacationing in Grand Canyon provides a father … [Read More...]

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Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches

Follow the links below to be inspired, moved, awed, and entertained by the complete 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards speeches (and while you're at it, re-watch the 2016 BGHB announcement with Roger … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom: Illustrator Ekua Holmes’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I am extremely honored to be here. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine work that I’ve done being honored in this way. It’s my maiden voyage. I’m so fortunate that I worked with an amazing … [Read More...]

Voice of Freedom: Author Carole Boston Weatherford’s 2016 BGHB NF Honor Speech

I could not have written these poems without the ancestors. I call on them again and again, and their spirits continue to speak to and through me. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it … [Read More...]

Interviews

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Fascinating: 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour

The Sydney Taylor Book Award 2017 Blog Tour features interviews with gold and silver medalists. Visit jewishlibraries.org for the full schedule of blog tour stops and follow the Association of Jewish … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Nikki Grimes

Last month at ALA Midwinter, Nikki Grimes was announced as winner of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children," the latest honor in … [Read More...]

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Five Questions for Coretta Scott King Jury Member Martha V. Parravano

1. You are not new to committee life (Newbery, Boston Globe–Horn Book, LA Times Book Prize, Wilder). What is unique about the CSK? MVP: My CSK jury service has so far been very much like the other … [Read More...]

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Patricia Hruby Powell on Loving vs. Virginia

In our January/February 2017 issue, our editors asked author Patricia Hruby Powell about approaching a landmark historical event through a novelistic lens in Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel … [Read More...]

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Five questions for Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day (Viking, 7–9 years) by Andrea Davis Pinkney is a loving tribute to an iconic picture-book character, Peter — one of the … [Read More...]

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