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January/February 2012 Horn Book Magazine cover

Our Salley Mavor swoon-fest continues: check out her blog post about how she created the stunning cover for the January/February 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. Salley’s also offering a poster giveaway–get over there and get in on the action!

Review of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Artist Who Painted 
a Blue Horse by Eric Carle; illus. by the author Preschool    Philomel    32 pp. 10/11    978-0-399-25713-1    $17.99 In its simplest interpretation, Carle’s book is about an artist—perhaps a child, perhaps an adult—who paints animals the “wrong” color. There is the titular blue horse, a red alligator, green lion, and even a […]

Blink & Caution Acceptance Speech

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Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, author Tim Wynne-Jones delivered this speech on September 30, 2011. It is a great thrill and honor to be here today—to be here, at Simmons, a biblioasis if ever there was one. I’d like to thank the wonderful people at the Horn Book for their support […]

Daniel Handler Talks with Roger

Daniel Handler

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Roger Sutton: We want to talk about Why We Broke Up. Why did we break up, Daniel? It’s still sad. Daniel Handler: I don’t know if you and I were ever really […]

The Great Migration

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After a rousing discussion, we turn to a book, set in the 1920s and 1930s with African Americans moving from the South to the cities of the North told in poetry. I love the strong, emotional poetry but it is the images that have stayed with me since I reviewed it more than a year […]

“Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!”

Charlie Brown Christmas App

If you’re looking for a great holiday app download to keep kids or adults occupied and happy this holiday season, look no further. The now-classic animated holiday TV special (1965) A Charlie Brown Christmas is available in a new format. Loud Crow Interactive has released a delightful iPad app of the story of Charlie Brown’s […]

Fighting in the Shade

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I still recall fondly the female protagonists of teen “chick lit” and coming-of-age stories I read in high school. On a given day I might feel as tormented by love and teenage awkwardness as Mia Thermopolis (Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries) or lonely and isolated like Melinda Sordino (Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak). These were gals […]

Hold on to your hats, subscribers

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Copies of the January 2012 issue of The Horn Book Magazine were just delivered to the office, and Salley Mavor’s cover art (a preliminary image of which you can see here) is absolutely breathtaking to behold. Until you can actually feast your eyes on your own copies, we’ve posted Salley Mavor’s acceptance speech for the […]

Crying out for a YA novel

Or was this already covered on Friday Night Lights? Boston has been abuzz with discussion about a recent high school football game in which a quarterback, clearly on his way to whatever is the football equivalent of a home run, made some kind of yay-me gesture that caused the ref to call a penalty for […]

Pocketful of Posies Acceptance Speech

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Accepting the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book, illustrator Salley Mavor delivered this speech on September 30, 2011. I would like to thank the Boston Globe–Horn Book selection committee for choosing Pocketful of Posies as an award winner this year. It is a great honor to have my work recognized this way, especially […]