Notes From the Horn Book – August 2011

V O L U M E  4 ,   N U M B E R  8   •   A U G U S T   2 0 1 1 In this issue Five questions for Marc Aronson • More new nonfiction • Dot-dot-dash — concept books with a twist • YA novels you’ve been waiting for • Of interest to adults • From the Editor For a list of books mentioned in this issue, see link below. Masthead art © by William Steig, used […]

From the Editor: August 2011

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Katrina Hedeen, Cathie Mercier, and I are busy pulling together this year’s Horn Book at Simmons, a one-day colloquium on October 1st at Simmons College’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Held the day after the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, the colloquium, titled “Engaging Worlds, Real and Imagined,” brings participants together with the BGHB […]

Of interest to adults

The Wilder Life

For adults passionate about children’s books, these new biographical works will, through very different approaches, foster appreciation of two prominent figures in children’s literature. After rereading the Little House books she loved as a kid, Wendy McClure renews her obsession with all things Laura Ingalls Wilder and chronicles it in The Wilder Life: My Adventures […]

Dot-dot-dash — Concept Books With a Twist

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Three new concept books for preschool and primary ages play with the book form and go out of their way to keep kids involved: Dot; Press Here; and Follow the Line to School.

More New Nonfiction

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An illustrated book about an ocean voyage, a comic-strip biography of a Nobel physicist, and an examination of a controversial period of American history are just some of the new nonfiction titles hitting shelves alongside Marc Aronson’s Trapped.

YA novels you’ve been waiting for

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Another entry in a beloved series about a high school Everygirl, the follow-up to a novel about two very different characters and their unlikely attraction, and the gripping sequel to a futuristic science fiction thriller are books teens will want to get their hands on.

HBGO update

We’ve just added another 213 reviews to the Horn Book Guide Online database—take a peek at the newly added authors/illustrators and titles. I think my favorite title this time around is The Time-Traveling Fashionista, though Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance and Labracadabra are close runners-up.

>Hubris alert

>I am looking forward to the ART production of Porgy and Bess, the first opera I ever saw from good seats (I was taken by the late great Oz librarian Margaret Trask twenty-five years ago in Sydney)  and thus responsible for my financial ruin. And I understand that this production is not going to be […]

Save the date—BGHB Awards and Horn Book at Simmons

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The office is starting to buzz about the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards taking place Friday, September 30, and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, happening Saturday, October 1. On Friday night, BGHB judges Jennifer Brabander, Robin Brenner, and Dean Schneider will present the awards to this year’s winners and honorees: Fiction Winner: Blink & Caution […]

>Counting YA

>Harold Underdown has done some interesting digging into the statistics about YA publishing that were used by journalist D.B. Grady for an article in the Atlantic. But whether there were 30,000 YA novels published in 2009 (unlikely, as Harold demonstrates) or 8,000 (as Harold estimates), can we all agree that there are too many? My […]