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Archives for May 2011

2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

    What do teenagers surviving alone on the streets of Toronto, a Revolutionary War traitor who makes historians nervous, and uniquely illustrated nursery rhymes have in common? They’re the books that won top honors in the 2011 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards. The Awards were announced on June 13, 2011. Presented annually since 1967, the […]

Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners

2017 Fiction & Poetry The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins) Honor Books: One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by various artists (Bloomsbury Publishing); The Best Man by Richard Peck (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers/Penguin Random House) Nonfiction Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh […]

Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners (redirect)

Recreational reading (and listening)

Our annual summer reading list is up, just in time for the long holiday weekend! If your Memorial Day plans involve travel (and traffic), be sure to peruse the new recommended audiobooks list for road trip listening suggestions.

>Summer reading

>We’ve posted our suggestions for summer reading–strictly recreational–so dig in. For the grownups, I’m recommending Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, an orgy of Victoriana with a bracing touch of postmodernism and what I think (I’m only a few hours into the forty-something houred audio edition) is going to be a lot of […]

Learning in the age of apps

While our sister publication School Library Journal tracks major national changes in school library technology, local news also emphasizes that “things are changing fast”: Boston’s free daily newspaper The Metro reports that area public schools are turning to iPads for their classrooms. Boston Public elementary schools are trying a pilot program offering iPads to students […]

>Real Boy Movie

>We saw Thor last night, and it made me think about the chapter I wrote about boy books for A Family of Readers. I called that “Go Big or Go Home” after Will Hobbs’s novel of the same name, and boys and other people who loved that book will love this movie. Explosions, challenges, slapstick, […]

Cap’n Jack is back

Ahoy, mates! In conjunction with today’s opening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disney Book Group just published a Pirates of the Caribbean novel titled The Price of Freedom. Written by A.C. Crispin, this 600-plus page yarn provides a back story for everyone’s favorite pirate: Captain Jack Sparrow. Twenty-five-year-old Jack has […]

>We have a winner

>Our new blog about all things Caldecott Medal, debuting this fall, will be called Calling Caldecott, a name first suggested to us by Anamaria of Books Together. It was the first suggestion! So, Anamaria, send your mailing address to kbircher at hbook dot com and we’ll get you your copy of A Family of Readers. […]

‘Tis the season (to mock old prom pics)

It’s prom season! Sure, most of us have outgrown prom frenzy, but a little reminiscing never hurt anyone (except for Roger, who never went). Author Aimee Ferris does just that, and encourages others to do the same, over at her blog Will Work for Prom Dress — a tie-in to her book with the same […]