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Archives for December 2011

If You Lived Here

According to my calulations, there are three more books for us to blog about before we finish up our list: If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche; Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, and Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. I’m not sure how many people are online this week — I’m […]

How to annoy your boss in two minutes or less

Roger Sutton really does not like the Muppets. Who knew? If you want to stay on his good side, do not play, sing, or reference the song “Mahna Mahna”. For those of you like me who do like the Muppets—and especially “Mahna Mahna”—here is some joy to end the year: Happy New Year!

Letter to the Editor from Mary Alice Garber, January/February 2012

November/December 2011 Horn Book I am one of the buyers, along with Jewell Stoddard, for the children and teens’ department at the Politics & Prose bookstore. The picture book “Proclamation!” published in the November issue and your editorial (“The Sign on Sendak’s Door”) echo what Jewell and I feel strongly. I just shared the “advertisement […]

Letter to the Editor from Margaret Bush, January/February 2012

September/October 2011 Horn Book Barbara Bader’s series of articles on the “second generation” of prominent librarians in the children’s services field (“Virginia Haviland,” January/February 2011; “Augusta Baker,” May/June 2011; “Mildred Batchelder,” September/October 2011) has been enjoyable to read. For the small number of us who worked with these librarians or knew them, Bader stirs up […]

In Which We’ve Done Only Half the Work

But let us here consider the books in need—those books for youth that make librarians both happy and industrious. When I look at our 2011 Fanfare list, beginning on page 10, I see an array of thirty books whose fortunes will largely depend on you. Yes, some of the choices have already established themselves (Press Here and I Want My Hat Back are on this week’s New York Times bestsellers list), and good for them. But most of the books on our Fanfare list will need your attention first if they hope to find the attention of young readers.

Horn Book Magazine — January/February 2012

Table of Contents Features 10 Horn Book Fanfare Our choices for the best books of 2011. 18 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Gallery 2011 Celebrating this year’s winners and honor books. Steve Sheinkin 19 The Notorious Benedict Arnold Salley Mavor 25 Pocketful of Posies Tim Wynne-Jones 33 Blink & Caution Richard Peck 39 Books to Unite […]

Welcome to Field Village

A Field Sing-A-Long (Dowa-ya) is a collection of short free-verse poems translated by William I. Elliott and Nishihara Katsumasa from Naoko Kudō’s Japanese originals. Naoko’s poems are set in a natural community called “Field Village.” Various creatures or elements of the habitat—personified with human names such as “Yoshio Rivercrab” and “Futago Rabbit”—act as “poets,” offering […]

Present Tensions, or It’s All Happening Now

When the 2010 Man Booker shortlist was announced in the UK, the Daily Telegraph ran this headline: “Philip Pullman and Philip Hensher criticise Booker Prize for including present tense novels.” In fact, what Pullman said, as he explained in an article in the Guardian, was that “the use of the present tense in fiction had […]

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: Author Steve Sheinkin’s 2011 BGHB Nonfiction Award Speech

Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, author Steve Sheinkin delivered this speech on September 30, 2011. I’m extremely honored to accept this award, but there’s another reason this book is incredibly important to me. Writing it saved me from a twelve-year obsession. I’ll give you the abridged version. I visit schools a […]

Paranormal Romance

Dying for some paranormal romance? These swoon-worthy YA stories of supernatural love, all recommended by The Horn Book Guide, are sure to melt hearts and raise spirits. —Elissa Gershowitz, Managing Editor, The Horn Book Guide Cremer, Andrea  Nightshade 454 pp. Philomel 2010. isbn 978-0-399-25482-6 YA  Werewolf Calla defies her pack by saving human Shay from […]