London calling

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I just reviewed Salvatore Rubbino’s nonfiction picture book A Walk in London (Candlewick, March) for the May/June 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. A follow-up to A Walk in New York, Rubbino’s new book is equally engaging, informative, and beautifully illustrated — and had me longing for a plane ticket back to my beloved […]

>Where we make your dreams come true

>It was thanks to the Horn Book that Lisa Yee got to meet her childhood favorite writer. And how does she thank me? Lisa tells me that in honor of my legendary enthusiasm for the American Girl company, she named a character “Rachel Sutton” in her American Girls book Aloha, Kanani, set in contemporary Hawai’i. […]

Upcoming stars

Look for these starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion) RRRalph by Lois Ehlert (Beach Lane/Simon) Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! and Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia (Kane Miller) The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. […]

Diana Wynne Jones, R.I.P.

In honor of Diana Wynne Jones, a long and true friend of the Horn Book who will be much missed, we’re posting an article she wrote for the July/August 2004 Horn Book. Also, a rather funny letter.

>May/June stars

>The following books will receive starred reviews in the May/June issue of The Horn Book Magazine:  Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting; illus. by Sergio Ruzzier (Clarion) RRRalph by Lois Ehlert (Beach Lane/Simon) Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus! and Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke; illus. by Lauren Tobia (Kane Miller) The Trouble with May Amelia by […]

>Come on down

> Next Tuesday through Friday I’ll be down at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, delivering the Ezra Jack Keats Lecture on Thursday. Hope to see some of you there. I last spoke there in 1998 and have gone to the Guide to find some very interesting differences in what […]

>Pizza with rabbits

>Kevin Henkes and free pizza are appearing at the Cambridge Public Library Wednesday night. You have to be at least five years old to attend but I heard a rumor that a flash mob of protesting toddlers is already suiting up.

>Are historicals history?

>In my capacity as chair of the Scott O’Dell Award, I received a letter from a prominent author of historical fiction, bemoaning what she sees as a current lack of interest in the genre among publishers. I have no idea if this is true, as what publishers are in the market for now won’t reveal […]

Public Service Announcement

Children’s Technology Review is a monthly Consumer Reports-like PDF newsletter “designed to summarize the latest products and trends in children’s interactive media.” They review lots of children’s apps, of course, and they’ve ventured into book app territory, as well. Their focus, natch, is on the quality of the technology rather than the text and illustrations, […]

We’re still waiting for spring in Boston…

  but the Spring 2011 Guide just came in! We can’t stop exclaiming over the gorgeous cover, featuring art from Anita Lobel’s Nini Lost and Found. Kudos to all the Guide goddesses and designer Lolly — and Ms. Lobel, of course.