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Archives for September 2013

It’s always men’s night at the Caldecott

This is a perennially thorny subject, one that’s been aired before. But. Seeing the gender disparity amongst Caldecott winners this starkly expressed is kind of hard to ignore. Do we want to take this on again? Has anything changed since Roger’s 2007 blog post? Thom Barthelmess, past president of ALSC and currently curator of the […]

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

There he is, Einstein, floating on the cover. No horizon line holds him to the ground, and his eyes are fastened on the sun. Loose lines, gestural paintings, and gorgeous watery gouache come together to make me appreciate the childhood of Einstein…and serve to make children want to learn more about him, too. And now […]

Banned Books Week 2013

It’s Banned Books Week! The American Library Association’s website says, “Each year, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.” Based on […]

Flora’s Forest app review

Flora and friends spend an afternoon flying a kite on the lawn in the storybook app Flora’s Forest (NoodleBright and HabitatSeven, 2012). Then a huge gust of wind snaps the string, and Flora chases her kite into the dark forest where eerie sounds and creepy shadows set an unsettling scene. When Flora stumbles upon a […]

Locomotive

The first thing you notice about Brian Floca’s Locomotive is its big, bold size and square shape. Jonathan Bean’s Building our House  has a larger-than-average trim size as well, but this is different. This one has a lot more bells and whistles (literally: “CLANG-CLANG CLANG-CLANG” “WHOO-OOOOOO”). This one is in-your-face big; this one has a steam […]

Review of Journey

Journey by Aaron Becker; illus. by the author Primary     Candlewick     40 pp. 8/13     978-0-7636-6053-6     $15.99 In the tradition of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon (rev. 10/55), this wordless story shows a bored young girl  living in a monochromatic world who is able to draw herself into other worlds with […]

Reading about dancing

This past Saturday, September 21st, was declared Boston Ballet Day in honor of the first-ever outdoor (and free!) presentation of the company’s annual Night of Stars showcase that evening. Several friends and I packed up a delicious picnic and camped out on the Boston Common — only a few of an estimated 55,000 attendees — […]

NF Notes: The 2013 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winners

Every fall, we give out the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for excellence in children’s literature. To honor the tradition, this issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book includes reviews of all three 2013 nonfiction award recipients — winner Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd and honor books […]

Five questions for BGHB winners roundup

We’re lucky enough to have all three 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners and two of the honorees in attendance for the upcoming Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The colloquium, now in its third year, provides an opportunity to hear winners, critics, and publishers speak about the honored books and children’s books more generally; network […]

Join the club

We had a great time at the Children’s Books Boston inaugural bash; it was nice to see you if you were there and you were greatly missed if you were not. If you are a Children-Books-Boston type, that is, if you live in these here parts and have a scholarly or professional interest in books […]